29th October 2021

It’s nearly that time of year again...

North Devon is ready and waiting to spark some Christmas cheer during the upcoming festivities. Enjoy a seasonal stay at The Barnstaple Hotel and explore the festive highlights of the season. From pantomime shows, enchanting gardens to breezy beach walks, we can guarantee you won't lack festive cheer this winter. Take a look at our list of ultimate seasonal delights to make the most out of your Christmas getaway.

1. Christmas Day Lunch at The Barnstaple Hotel

1. Christmas Day Lunch at The Barnstaple Hotel

Everyone knows Christmas is all about festive feasting, from mince pies to the full turkey feast and all the trimmings. Indulge your food cravings and bask in mouthwatering delights, we promise you won’t end up on Santa’s naughty list. For the ultimate festive feasting, The Barnstaple Hotel Christmas Day Lunch is a must. Experience festive cheer, a cosy seasonal atmosphere and a three-course meal that is sure to make Christmas day a memorable one. With 3 succulent types of meat to choose from, 2 vegetarian alternatives and 8 puddings available, our hearty menus scream festive delights and is only £85.

2. Festive viewings at The Queens Theatre

2. Festive viewings at The Queens Theatre

A pantomime show is the ultimate festive outing, join The Queens Theatre for a retelling of Cinderella. With shows taking place throughout the whole of December, including between Thursday 23rd to Monday 27th ranging from a selection of evening shows and matinee performances, it’s the most cheerful addition to your festive break. Enjoy everyone’s favourite rags to riches fairytale and everybody’s soon to be favourite pantomime, Cinderella! Polish off your pumpkins, dust off your gowns and join Prince Charming as he hosts the party of the year in search of his one true love. Cinderella will whisk you away to a land of make-believe, guaranteed to be an unforgettable pantomime experience for the whole family.

3. Festive cheer at a Theme Park during their festive events

3. Festive cheer at a Theme Park during their festive events

Devon boasts an array of family-friendly theme parks, perfect to spark your festive cheer. Pick from Crealy Adventure Park located in Exeter, The Big Sheep in Abbotsham and The Milky Way Adventure Park located in Bideford. These attractions all host their own festive celebrations, please refer to their individual websites to discover how they might impact your winter plans, from a Christmas that is out of this world at The Milky Way, to sheeptastic festive cheer at The Big Sheep or spectacular season joy at Crealy. Whichever theme park you desire, you are guaranteed a dashing time. 

4. Be dazzled at RHS Rosemoor Glow nights

4. Be dazzled at RHS Rosemoor Glow nights

Be enchanted by spectacular, colour changing lights that illuminate Rosemoor Gardens during winter. Glow nights at Rosemoor are not to be missed, these nights are admired by visitors and locals alike, and are a firm favourite on festive outings. Be dazzled by sparkling illuminations that will light the way on enchanting walks, follow the magical trail through the winter garden, and countess vibrant gardens with Rosemoor’s magnificent trees, shrubs and water features aglow. If you should start to feel peckish during your stroll around the gardens, warm yourself with a selection of hot drinks and tasty festive snacks available to buy from takeaway food outlets that can be found around the Glow trail. Glow nights take place during numerous dates across December aligning with our festive breaks.

5. Last-minute festive shopping

5. Last-minute festive shopping

Don’t let forgetting to buy a loved one a Christmas present ruin the festive cheer, instead make a trip to Barnstaple town centre part of your Christmas plans. Purchase some last-minute gifts that are still guaranteed to spark some joy. Barnstaple is perfect for those who love shopping in independent stores, boasting a handful of opportunities to purchase those last-minute gifts whilst giving back to the incredible small businesses that encompass Barnstaple Town centre. Whilst in town make sure to take the take time to look at your surroundings to appreciate the local architecture and Christmas decorations.

6. Boxing Day with a sprinkle of Devon charm

6. Boxing Day with a sprinkle of Devon charm

A Boxing Day coastal walk is a tradition in most households throughout Devon. After a day of indulgent eating, there’s nothing better than to stretch your legs across scenic coastal paths and beach walks. Breath in the crisp salty December air, feel the winter breeze across your cheeks and adjust the woolly hat your gran knitted you for Christmas. Devon is home to some of the most charming beaches across the UK, with a plethora to choose from for your boxing day stroll. Whether you wander across Croyde or venture to Baggy Point for a coastal walk, amble across Saunton Sands whilst taking in sea views, or roam Woolacombe. No matter where you end up we promise the Devon coastline will enchant your boxing day plans.

Join us at The Barnstaple Hotel this winter for a luxury escape whilst reconnecting and creating new memories with your loved ones during the Christmas period. Please call our cheerful reception team on 01271 376221 to discover your winter escape.