Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country

Are you searching for an unusual gift for Christmas or even an upcoming birthday.  Maybe you just enjoy browsing and enjoying the Christmas spirit of local events to get you in the festive mood. Even better if there’s a mulled wine or hot chocolate on offer, oh and a mince pie (personally I love a decent slice of stollen!)

Why not head along to one of these Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country, we certainly will be – now should I wear Flip flops or Wellies!

Christmas In Exeter

Exeter Cathedral Market

Starts Thursday 16th November 2017 at 3pm

An exciting mix of local and continental traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts. New for 2017 will be the west front bandstand, with local bands, carol singers and choirs to entertain traders and customers. A really lovely place to browse for present and escape the high street.

The market will open daily until Sunday 17th December, trading between the following times:

Monday to Wednesday: 10am – 7pm, Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 9pm. Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Christmas Lights In Princesshay

Thursday 16th November  4pm – 7.30pm

Princesshay shopping centre is marking its 10th Christmas by creating a truly festive atmosphere with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On, live festive performances and entertainment. Alongside the Christmas lights, visitors can see Princesshay’s very own Polar Bears which were named last year as Hope and Clarence.

Thursday 30th November
Late night shoppers can enjoy magnificent live performances in Princesshay Square.

Arco is a spectacular show of acrobatics performed from a 12m high inflated arch, entertaining visitors with 15 minute performances starting at 5pm, 6pm on 30th November.

Thursday 7th December
Watch high impact drummers with kaleidoscopic lighting.  Spark, are set to mesmerise visitors with 30 minute shows on Thursday 7th December starting at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.

Kingston Maurward College Macmillan Christmas Shopping Fair

Near Dorchester

Saturday 18 November, 10am until 4pm and Sunday 19 November, 10am until 3pm

You will be spoilt for choice with over 40 stalls selling a wide range of quality gifts including Italian cashmere and silk knitwear, luxury leather, canvas bags and accessories, beautiful and unusual luxury shawls and scarves, exciting, exclusive and affordable jewellery, finest organic soaps and skin care products, a unique fusion of eclectic hand painted tableware and accessories, gourmet smoked products, award winning mint chocolates and teas and so much more.

Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, more details click here.

Bring friends and enjoy a cup of coffee at the Coffee Shop!

Admission £5 per person. All funds raised go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Politmore House Christmas Fair

Near Exeter

Sunday 19th Nov – 10am – 3pm

Visit Politmore House Christmas Fair near Exeter this November for a chance to browse arts, crafts and other locally made gifts  – perfect for Christmas.  On the outskirts of Exeter (Pinhoe) this is an easy to reach venue.

Start the Christmas Season off with a day out at the annual Poltimore House Christmas Fair. Enjoy the atmosphere of 30 stalls with a range of locally produced gifts, many hand-made. Then stop and relax with refreshments, hot and cold, from the site Cafe whilst listening to the musicians who will be playing in the Chapel and House for most of the day. The Tudor Dance Group will also be performing in the courtyard of the house,  great day out.

Entrance Fee: £1.50, Children FREE. More details at

Eype Makers Market

Near Bridport

Saturday 19th November

Nearly 50 local artisans will be selling their arts and crafts or demonstrating their skills at the Epye Makers Market near Bridport. A great chance to find unique locally handmade gifts.

Held at Highlands End Holiday Park near Bridport. There is a Facebook page for more details – click here 

10am – 4pm

Dorset Food and Drink Christmas Fair 2017

Athelhampton House near Dorchester

Saturday 25th November and Sunday 26th November 2017 from 10am

Get into the Festive Spirit early this year with Dorset Food and Drink’s Christmas Fair. Set in the beautiful Athelhampton House and Gardens near Dorchester, this is a unique opportunity to sample the wide selection of delicious produce the county has to offer.

FREE park & ride. The Park & ride will start at Dorset County Council, County Hall, Entry is also only £2.50 per person.

On Sunday 26th, Father Christmas will be joining the Food Fair! All proceeds collected from visiting Santa will be donated to Weldmar Hospice Trust.  More details at

Killerton House Christmas Wonderland

Starts 25th November

Take some time to explore Killerton National Trust this Christmas and the themed Christmas display in the house. It’s been a year in the planning and three weeks setting up! This year it’s Wind in the Willows.

Book a time slot to ensure you get to look around when you want to. Last year the house was stunning and the attention to detail means there is something to be enjoyed by all ages.  Normal NT admission charges apply unless you are already a member.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it before Christmas as the display will be on until 5th January – more details click here.

Killerton House Christmas

Taunton Racecourse Christmas Fayre

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November from 10am to 5pm.

A Christmas Fayre with a Father Christmas Grotto and plenty of activities for the children including a Christmas Pudding bouncy castle for everyone to enjoy. Plenty of wonderful stalls for the ideal Christmas shopping experience with mulled wine, hot mince pies, food and some amazing raffle prizes. A great day out and the stalls change over the two days, so you could go  on both days and see something different for those all important Christmas presents and enjoy the festive season.

The Christmas Fayre is at the Taunton Racecourse with plenty of car parking. admission is FREE.

Kingston Lacy at Christmas

House and Illuminated Gardens

1 December 2017 – 1 January 2018

Discover what Christmas would have been like in a large country house and see the beautiful Christmas lights.  Once again the garden at Kingston Lacy will be illuminated until 7pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening over the Christmas period. (check the events pages for more detailed times,  house tours are timed and need to be booked).


Gardens at Kingston Lacy

New for 2017 enjoy a new illuminated route of the gardens taking in the original Bankes ‘winter walk’ and Lime Avenue. This beautiful display sees the historic cedars transformed by blue, purple yellow and green lights, whilst the fernery is draped with delicate fairy lights like a magical grotto.

We went to this last year and it was lovely to see, make sure you leave time for a hot chocolate in the cafe! Dogs are allowed in parts of the garden to allow you to see the lights and walk your dog (on a lead).  Father Christmas will also be there on selected days.  More details and booking link on the National Trust website.

Well that’s a great choice of events to get you in the Christmas mood. Of course I’ve not covered everything so call on my fellow bloggers for other ideas and I will keep events I see sharing on Facebook.

Here’s some ideas nationwide from Tin Box Traveller – 30+ Christmas Days Out Ideas With Kids

Steph at Exploring Exeter has pulled together a great round up for the city  – Christmas Events in Exeter

If arts, crafts and theatre are your thing then check out ideas from The Arts Fairies

Organised Jo has prepared a free to download Christmas Planner

Last year Just Hannah Jane and Devon Daze wrote about the display at Killerton House.

Finally you can take a look at some of my other posts – I know that Stourhead House and Gardens have Christmas events and my next post will be an update on Christmas Tree festivals.
Thank you and please leave a comment below if you have been to any of these events –


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