Who else is looking forward to some family fun this festive period? We certainly are and what better way to enjoy the winter months and Christmas time than attending a few events in your local area! Here is our list of what’s on in north Devon this December.


Christmas Market – Every Saturday in December

The Big Sheep are offering you a chance to tick off more on your Christmas to buy list by holding their Christmas Market every Saturday approaching the big day! Food or arts and crafts, the choice is yours.

The BIG Sheep
Abbotsham
Bideford
Devon
EX39 5AP

https://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/christmas-market/


Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Santa Specials – every weekend in December

Calling all families! This December, Lynton and Barnstaple are offering children the chance to meet Santa on the most magical train ride of their lives!

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
Woody Bay Station
Martinhoe Cross
Lynton
Devon
EX31 4RA

http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/page/Special-events


Woolacombe at Christmas Weekend – 7th to 8th December 2018

From music to Christmas gifts, Woolacombe at Christmas is a weekend not to be missed and will certainly get you in the Christmas mood! Don’t forget the Christmas treasure hunt!

Woolacombe Village
Woolacombe
Devon
EX34 7DL

https://www.woolacombetourism.co.uk/whats-on/


Boxing Day Barbeque – 26th December 2018

Christmas seems to fly by so quickly, but with the Boxing Day BBQ, the fun doesn’t have to disappear. Perfect way to enjoy more food, more drink and more Christmas lights before the festive period is over.

Clovelly Harbour
Clovelly
England
EX39 5TF

https://www.clovelly.co.uk/events/clovelly-herring-festival/

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After filling ourselves with treats from the Halloween season, it is time to wrap up warm and enjoy the upcoming fireworks! From bonfire night displays, to the start of Christmas events, there are a multitude of activities to enjoy in North Devon this November. 


Andrew Lloyd Webbers Sunset Boulevard – 1st to 3rd November 2018

For all theatre lovers out there, the dramatic musical Sunset Boulevard is coming to North Devon. Held in the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, this event is a great evening out!

QUEENS THEATRE, BARNSTAPLE, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1SY

https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Parkwood-Theatres 


Bonfire Fireworks Night at The Big Sheep – 5th November 2018

Halloween has now finished, and therefore it is time to focus on the next big event – Bonfire Night! This year, why not wrap up warm, venture to the Big Sheep in Bideford and watch fireworks with the family. 

The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP 

https://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/bonfire-fireworks-party/


Christmas Craft Fair at Arlington Court – 17th to 18th November 2018

November, the month where the coats come out, the weather gets chillier, and everyone starts preparing for Christmas! Arlington Court have got you covered with their craft fair to help kick start your Christmas shopping!

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum 


Christmas at the Court – 24th and 25th November 2018

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, why not come to the Christmas at the Court, where you can enjoy a Victorian Christmas with a festive trail and family crafts to take part in! 

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum 

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Who can believe we are in October already? Here at Dimmet, we have been enjoying the start of Autumn as we watch North Devon evolve from one season to another. Unlike the trees in Devon, which are beginning to lose some of their leaves, North Devon is still packed with fun activities throughout October for the family, especially for the upcoming half term. Without further ado, here is our guide to what is on in North Devon in October 2018. 


Morning Deer Walks at Arlington Court – 14th to 21st October 

Ever walked with red deer before? Now is your chance as you stroll only the Arlington Estate with an expert ranger and keep on the look for red deer as you walk through. 

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum


Kirsty Merryn’s She & I tour – 19th October

The award-winning folk singer-songwriter is bring her solo tour to Barnstaple including songs from her debut album “She & I”. Ideal for all folk lovers. 

St Anne’s Arts and Community Centre, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1SX 

https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/kirsty-merryn 


Choc Fest at Affinity – 20th to 21st October

Hands up if you love chocolate! If this is you, then Choc Fest will be right up your alley. Said to be bigger and better than ever before, this Choc Fest will bring you pizzas, brownies, cakes and much more chocolatey goodness. 

Management Office, Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3QU 

https://www.visitdevon.co.uk/northdevon/whats-on/choc-fest-at-affinity-p2548523


Halloween Festival – 20th to 31st October

It wouldn’t be a complete October guide of things to do without a Halloween event! The Big Sheep is holding their annual festival which has many surprises in store for anyone who dares to enter! 

The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP 

https://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/halloween-festival/ 

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The summer holidays may be behind us now, yet this doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. North Devon is still thriving with many activities to take part in, so here is our guide of things to do in North Devon this September.


Lobster & Crab Feast – 2nd September 2018

A lover of lobster and crab dishes? So are we! This September, Clovelly are celebrating their famous lobster and crabs by cooking delicious meals as well as providing live music, demonstrations and entertainment.

Clovelly Harbour, Clovelly, Devon, EX395TF

https://www.clovelly,co.uk/events/lobster-and-crab-feast/


Shepherding Experience Walks – 6th September 2018

Ever wanted to know what life is like as a sheepdog? In Mortehoe, you’ll be able to watch Sweep & Fly as they get to work in North Devon.

Morte Point, Mortehoe, Mortehoe, Devon, EX34 7DT

http://www.boroughfarm.co.uk


Mortehoe Craft Fair – 14th September 2018

From craft stalls to produce stalls, the Mortehoe Craft Fair makes a wonderful day out for all the family. Plus, it is free! 

Mortehoe Village Hall, Mortehoe, Devon, EX34 7ED

https://www.woolacombetourism.co.uk/events/event/mortehoe-craft-fair-3/ 


Lyn Food Fest – 30th September 2018

For all the foodies out there, the Lyn Food Fest is an amazing opportunity to try and buy a variety of different foods! Explore food and drink from local and independent producers. 

Lynton Town Hall, Lee Road, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6BT

https://www.facebook.com/events/1860975143953539/ 

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We have been very much enjoying the heatwave here at Dimmet, and what better time to come around than the summer holidays. Whatever your age or interests, North Devon is packed full of activities for families and grown-ups alike. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in North Devon in August 2018. 


Apple Day – 4 to 5th August 2018

Perfect for families, Gatcombe Valley Juices are providing apple arts and crafts at the Clovelly Visitor Centre where not only can you take part in activities, but can also watch them press apple juice with your own bag of apples!

Clovelly
Devon
EX39 5TA


Devon Street Food Festival – 10th to 12th August 2018

Another amazing event for families and for the food lovers, the Devon Street Food Festival is a weekend is full of delicious, fresh food and drink for you to indulge in. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find something you will love!

Victoria Pleasure Grounds
Wider Road
Ilfracombe
Devon
EX13 9AF


Still on the Move, Gin Distillation Day – 16th August 2018

One for the adults, Dartington Crystal are inviting you to watch the making of their English Crystal Gin, as well as a chance to sample and buy a bottle of gin from their limited edition, special batch which includes free personalisation! 

Linden Close
Torrington
Devon
EX38 7AN


Clovelly Gig Regatta – 18th August 2018

The traditional Clovelly Gig Racing is back! Come enjoy a day out with the family and cheer on your favourite Gig Regatta crew! 

Clovelly Harbour
Clovelly
Devon
EX39 5TF


Grand Tour Mini Run – 25th August 2018

If you a car fanatic, then this is the event for you! From classic and vintage, to brand new and shiny, you’ll be able to see a range of Minis at The Big Sheep this August! 

The BIG Sheep
Abbotsham
Bideford
Devon
EX39 5AP

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There is no surprise that here at Dimmet we are a fan of all things 70s style. From decor to good old fashioned 70s holiday fun, we incorporate every aspect of 70s life in to our holiday home. Yet there is one thing that we all love, and that is scrumptious food! So you can imagine how delighted we were to hear that retro recipes have been making a comeback!

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Photo Credit: 3dman_eu

Quiche, vol-au-vents, chicken wings… Part of a sketch from the famous comedian Peter Kay, pair this list with other 70s recipes such as blancmange and cheese and pineapple sticks, and this line-up of pick and mix buffet food is no longer just a part of a joke. Said to overtake formal dinner parties, it seems that these well-adored pieces are no longer a thing of the past! 

It isn’t just a couple of recipes that are coming back: kitchen gadgets from this era are also returning, with the return of jelly moulds, vol-au-vents as well as platters and boards, including the traditional hedgehog board to recreate the 70s favourite which comprised of a baked potato, wrapped in foil, with cheese and pineapple sticks dotted around the top to resemble a hedgehog. 

1970s delectables, period kitchen tools, throwback recipes – what could be any better? The fun doesn’t have to stop at the kitchen, and at Dimmet, we have everything you need to throw the perfect 70s dinner party, from boxsets to leather sofas. Don’t forget to venture into the wardrobe where you will find a collection of 1970s clothes for you to really get into the mood! 

So suit up, pick your favourite canapés and bring the 70s back – in style! 

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The summer holidays are rapidly approaching, and with the sun shining boldly in the sky, July is the perfect time to explore North Devon and enjoy the activities it has to offer. So, without further a do, here is our guide on what is on in North Devon in July 2018. 


Dartington Crystal Factory Tour and High Tea – Monday to Friday. July 2018

Throughout July, Darlington Crystal are offering you the chance to tour the factory of Dartington Crystal as well as enjoying good, old fashioned Devon Cream Tea. 

Linden Close
Torrington
Barnstaple
Devon
EX38 7AN


The Black Rock Run – 6th July 2018

The annual Black Rock Run is back! A fundraiser to support the Woolacombe Surf Life Saving Club, it is an incredibly fun day out, whether you are running or cheering them on. 

The Red Barn
Barton Road
Woolacombe
EX34 7DF


Gin Fling – 13th July 2018

A fan on Gin? If yes, then you are in for a treat! A night dedicated to gin and good entertainment, The Juniper Club is bringing you the chance to taste 6 different types of Gin, with a sumptuous buffet and live music!

Merley Rd
Westward Ho!
Bideford 
EX39 IJU

http://www.devon-pop-ups.co.uk/gin-fling/4594229647


Woolsery Agricultural Show – 30th July 2018

Perfect for the entire family, the Woolsery Agricultural Show is a North Devon favourite. With activities such as crafts, and classes in cattle and sheep, alongside a competition or two, it is an amazing day out.

Churston Ford
West Putford
Holsworthy
Devon 
EX22 7UU

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Ever wondered why you may recognise areas of Devon, even if you haven’t been there before? Home to 2 national parks and plenty of cultural areas to explore – not to mention the gorgeous coastline – Devon is a vast area which scriptwriters and directors have taken advantage of, North Devon in particular. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
 

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

Starring Lily James, the newest film in our list is based in Guernsey; however, you may recognise a number of the scenes within the movie. Contrary to the name, this film was actually set in Bideford, Clovelly and Saunton Beach, among other areas in Devon.

Sense and Sensibility 

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Photo Credit: Stux

The 1995 classic, Sense & Sensibility was filmed throughout the entire county of Devon, with the main house being set in Saltram House. Yet, it doesn’t just stop there. The latest adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (2008) featuring Dominic Cooper, was also set in Devon, but this time in Hartland Abbey.

War Horse

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Photo Credit: Alice Alphabet

Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse has been adapted not only into a stage play, but also a film. In 2012, Dartmoor became the home to War Horse and was specifically chosen by the director, Steven Spielberg, due to its outstanding beauty. 

Edge of Tomorrow

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

A gripping movie, Edge of Tomorrow tells the battle of the human race against an alien race, and there’s no better place to film a large battle than on Saunton Sands for all the wide shots of straight up action. 

There we have it – a list of featured films that also share a love for Devon!

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Well… Hello June! Where did you come from? With a new month comes many more activities to take part in here in North Devon, so here is our guide to what’s on in North Devon this June.


Meet The Brewer – 7th June 

Always wanted to meet a brewer in person? At 6pm, you will be able to meet Darren from Bath Ales at the Red Barn who will be talking about all things beer! 

The Red Barn
Barton Road 
Woolacombe 
EX34 7DF


Our House – 19th – 21st June

The London Love Story is coming to North Devon! Held in the Theatre Petroc, you are invited to journey through Joe Casey’s first date with the girl of his dreams, Sarah. 

Petroc
Old Sticklepath Hill
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 2BQ


North Devon Marathon – 24th June

If being active is more your thing, then why not take part in the North Devon Marathon! Either complete a half marathon or finish the entire thing, but make sure to enjoy and admire the Areas of Outstanding Beauty as you pass through! 

Woolacombe
North Devon


Outdoor Theatre, Wuthering Heights – 24th June

As the days gets warmer, an outdoor theatrical evening had to be on our to do list. Held at the beautiful Hartland Abbey & Gardens, Hotbuckle Productions will perform the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. 

Hartland Abbey,
Hartland,
Bideford,
Devon.
EX39 6DT

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4th of June marks the annual celebration of Devon Day. Being celebrated through the entirety of Devon, it is a time where locals take the time to enjoy and share the greatness of Devon. However, did you know that Devon Day actually is also known by another name?

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Saint Petroc is a 6th Century saint (and thought to be the son of an unnamed Welsh King) was born in South Wales in the 6th Century and is honored upon his feast day – 4th of June. Despite not originating from Devon, Devon Day has adopted the same date due to the work which Saint Petroc achieved throughout his life: the Saint spent most of his adult years ministering Devon and parts of Cornwall.

Ever since, Saint Petroc has been remembered on his feast day, yet this is not the only approach that Devon undertook to dedicate their county to this particular saint. A competition held by the BBC took place during 2003 for Devon locals to design a flag for their country. The winner, Ryan Sealey, dedicated his flag design to Saint Petroc and has been adopted as the Flag of Devon since 2006. As a result, Saint Petroc Day became more commonly known as Devon Day.

Now a widely recognised day, many take the time to share their most fond memories and pictures of Devon as well as taking part in many activities – Devon style. From sheep racing to indulging in scones, jam and cream (of course, the cream goes on first here in Devon) there is plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Devon. So, all that is left for us to say here at Dimmet is Happy Devon Day to one and all and try not to eat too many scones!

Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

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