Christmas Shopping Exmoor-style

As thoughts turn to Christmas shopping, we don’t tend to face it with the normal dread here on Exmoor. Forget the crowds, lack of parking, sharp elbows and overheated malls; here we have independent gift shops and galleries, craft fairs and Christmas markets all decked out in their seasonal best.

You can choose from original artwork and hand-crafted gifts in wood or wool, fabric or flowers. Pick out pots of locally made pickles, oak-smoked meats, craft cider, and addictive local gin. We’ve got grown-up marshmallows and melt in the mouth fudge, beautiful hand-made candles, glassware and pottery all from skilled craftsmen.

Hop over to our ‘Events’ page to see what’s on where. You could enjoy a friendly and productive saunter around a local Christmas craft fair in Allerford, Porlock or Arlington, or stop for some ‘Exmoor-style’ late night shopping, your purchasing made more atmospheric with carol singers and mulled wine in Lynton. Porlock even has a night-time ‘Santa Dash’.

There are bigger events too; Dunster By Candlelight and Dulverton By Starlight offer the perfect opportunity to combine gift-buying with a memorable day/night out.

And if you want to combine a few days away with your seasonal shopping this year, your hosts will recommend some great local shops to visit. If you enjoyed your stay, you can always buy a Gift Voucher and let someone else enjoy it too!

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