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Family-friendly Christmas events in Exmoor


There’s only so much shopping little ones can take. Keep their Christmas spirits high and take them along to one of these festive, family-friendly events happening across Exmoor over the coming weeks.


9-11 & 16-21 December, 2-7pm: Christmas through the ages and illuminated winter walk at Dunster Castle

Step back in time at Dunster Castle this month and see each room dressed up for Christmas from a different period, from the Victorian era to the 1950s. Afterwards, take a stroll through the beautiful illuminated grounds, stopping off at the watermill and tearoom for refreshments. Don’t forget to make a detour to the stables shop where there’ll be lots of festive treats for sale.

Normal admission charges apply


10-11, 18 & 21-24 December: Santa Specials at Lynton Rail

Children will love this festive-themed two-mile trip on the steam train from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane and back. Each ticket includes a visit to Santa, who will be handing out gifts to children from his grotto.

Various departures throughout the day; make sure you book early


11 & 17-20 December: Father Christmas at Arlington Court

If you missed the Christmas fair last weekend then don’t worry – there are more festive events lined up at Exmoor’s loveliest National Trust house. Father Christmas (dressed in his traditional green attire) and his cheeky elves will be waiting in their grotto in the stables, ready to give out gifts to children.

Child £3; admission charges apply


18 December, 12-3pm: Exmoor Pony Centre Christmas activity afternoon

Now that the kids on are holiday, bring them down to the Exmoor Pony Centre for an afternoon of horse riding and grooming, Christmas craft activities and the chance to follow a festive-themed trail at this much-loved family attraction in Exmoor.

No booking necessary, just turn up

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