Just 29 sleeps until you’re allowed to unwrap those presents under the tree. Are you still racking your brains about what to buy? Need some inspiration? Across the West Country, towns and villages are already spreading festive cheer and are ready to entice you with some great gift ideas.
This year’s Christmas Market in Exeter is already up and running and will do so until 19 December. The Cathedral Green, at the heart of the city centre, will be brought to life, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration.
The ever popular Plymouth Christmas Market will transform Armada Way into a bustling Winter Wonderland offering a variety of traditional Christmas treats and gifts through until 24 December, and if that wasn’t enough, how about a bit of late night Christmas Shopping with a variety of shops open until late every Thursday.
There will be over 70 traders, producers and exhibitors at the six day Truro Victorian Christmas Market (10 – 15 December) on Lemon Quay Piazza in the centre of the city. Housed in a huge, heated marquee the event attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the stall-holders in their costumes, sample the wares and buy unique gifts.
“Christmas Lights Switch On” in Weymouth Town Centre takes place on 6 December. Festivities start at 3pm and include a Christmas Market, ice rink, a parade around to Hope Square, the Victorian Shownight, and music including Rock Choir and of course Carols to end the evening.
How about staying in this slightly quirky but exceptionally stylish 19th century water tower. Southerton Tower is situated in the heart of the Otter Valley and is just a short drive to the historic city of Exeter. After all that shopping a relaxing soak in the luxurious bathroom on the first floor, complete with under floor heating and a roll-top bath, will be the order of the day!
Over 300 years old, Laurel Cottage is the epitome of a traditional Devon cottage, on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park and close to Plymouth. Original beams, oak floors and an inglenook fireplace with woodburner all add to the ambience of the cottage, which is comfortable, welcoming and beautifully furnished throughout.
Pengwithor is located at the foot of Carn Brea Hill in Cornwall’s historic tin mining region. This traditional Cornish granite cottage, which is only a 25 minute drive from Truro, has been lovingly restored to create a comfortable holiday retreat with open views of the craggy slopes of Carn Brea.
Farthings, an attractive townhouse, is within a ten minute walk of the town centre, marina and beach at Weymouth, which is situated half way along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The Georgian seafront, connected by over three miles of level promenade, is an impressive backdrop to the long arc of fine, golden sand.