Eat, drink and be merry at the most wonderful time of the year!

Once again, The Shops at Dartington has a calendar bursting with Christmas activities, with our Christmas Fair shaping up to be the greatest one yet. Expect food and wine tastings, locally grown Christmas trees and live music to swing into the holiday season. With home decoration ideas, unique gifts for all the family and seasonal food and drink in abundance, award-winning shopping village The Shops at Dartington is your one-stop destination this Christmas.

As well as being able to taste some of the finest food and drink the South West has to offer, Sharpham Wine will be there to introduce some fabulous wines and cheeses to complement the Christmas meal; get into the Christmas spirit with Salcombe Gin and Luscombe tonic samples, taste some handmade macrons from Frandie Macaron; and be the first to try The Shops at Dartington’s very own Elmhirst Gin truffles. To top that off, TV Chef Mal Harradine will be demonstrating recipes from the newly launched Devon Cookbook in the food tent.

Things to look out for…


Food Marquee with cooking demonstrations
Street Food area
Tastings in the Food Shop, alongside a Christmas hamper prize draw
Gin distilling in the courtyard

Gin bar in the Devon Drinks shop
Craft demos in the craft centre
Have a go pottery throwing with Crazy about Clay
Free Dartington Crystal glass engraving (Sat 16 only)

2 children’s shows each day
Children’s treasure hunt
Live music both days

You’ll have the opportunity to watch live demonstrations, from the intricate art of glass engraving, to pottery making. You can purchase their handmade creations for your loved ones and be sure you’ll have a truly unique gift with a story. There are gift experiences available to buy, including have a go pottery throwing with Crazy about Clay.

In addition to the festive activities spilling out onto the courtyard, you’ll also be able to explore the unique selection of shops throughout the magical weekend. ‘The Food Shop’ is a food and drink lover’s paradise, selling everything you could need for your Christmas feast. Packed with homemade cakes, artisan breads, locally sourced meats, tasty cheeses and tempting treats, you are sure to find the perfect Christmas present for everyone on your list or perhaps some treats for yourself. Why not create your own Christmas hamper either in store or online, hassle free with delivery options or ‘click and collect’ available.

The Shops at Dartington also offers stylish fashion and accessories from hats to handbags. For the budding Marry Berry, the kitchen shop is a treasure trove, while there’s an extensive collection of beauty products available in ‘My Time’. With two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Bayards Kitchen, you can relax with a great coffee and a slice of handmade cake.

If you’re a Devon food or drink producer and you’d like to take part in our fabulous festive event, please download a booking pack or email events@shops.dartington.org for more information.

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