Winter in Devon

Devon isn't all about the beaches and the sunshine - though loads of people like to descend on the coast during the summer, Devon is more than just a summer holiday destination. Both the coast and the countryside become beautifully dramatic in the winter, especially when we get a flurry of snow or two. 

A new Devon with every visit

Devon is incredibly diverse, with two National Parks, two coastlines and an abundance of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, every season brings something new. In the winter, the countryside and the coast become much more dramatic, with bigger waves and harsher plantlife. This time of year is great for those of you who want a quieter break as there are typically fewer people around and is a good choice for anyone wanting a walking holiday. Don't worry about the weather, being based in the South West means that Devon has a milder climate than other places in the UK, that doesn't mean you should leave your coat behind though! 

Walking in a winter wonderland

No matter what season you visit, there is always something to do and staying in Devon during the winter months will give you the chance to meet Father Christmas and his elves, enjoy a host of traditional winter activities and really get into the spirit with the various festivities hosted by the region's towns and villages. From pantomimes to brightly coloured lights, carnivals, parades and more, there is something for everyone in Devon this winter. 

What's on in Devon this winter

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Spend Christmas at Lydgate House

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Looking for a magical stay in Devon this Christmas? Look no further than Lydgate House's festive offerings. Their three night Christmas Experience is the perfect way to relax and enjoy a truly special and unforgettable Christmas celebration. Our hotel will be adorned with tasteful decorations…

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Where to find Santa in Devon this Christmas

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It’s almost time to dust off those elves and find shelves to hide them on, so it’s no wonder that Santa is making a couple of pit stops in Devon this month to get ahead of the rush! Why not kick start your Christmas festivities by taking the kids (and the dogs!) to Santa’s grotto so he can get a…

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Get Christmas ready with Devon’s markets and events

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We know, it’s only just turned from autumn into winter but the big day will be here before you know it, so why not jump right into the spirit by visiting some of Devon’s best loved markets and seasonal events? Wherever you are in the county, you’ll find a host of markets where you can enjoy a mulled…

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Christmas festivities take over at Woodlands Family Theme Park

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Things are getting festive at Woodlands Family Theme Park with Winter Fun set to take over from November 4 th through to the new year! Winter Fun 2023/24. Theme Park open weekends from November 4 th – March 17 th . All indoor rides and attractions open, some outdoor rides closed. Christmas Grotto…

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Book your winter getaway in Devon

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We all know Devon is spectacular in the summer, but it is also the perfect destination for a winter getaway. Not only is it quieter than in the summer months, meaning you can explore at your leisure, enjoy incredible seasonal food and drink and generally get into the festive spirit, but you can also…

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Dartmoor National Park tops list of UK Winter Wildlife Hotspots

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