Get festive in Barnstaple this Christmas
24 November 2022
There are plenty of reasons to head into Barnstaple town centre this Christmas, including free parking, an exciting Christmas lights switch-on, extended opening hours, festive entertainment, and local shopping opportunities aplenty!
The festive season kicks off in Barnstaple on Thursday 1 December with the Christmas lights switch-on event, which this year coincides with Barnstaple Town Council's annual Christmas Fayre. This year, visitors are invited to head to the Square from 5pm for entertainment, live music - and appearances from some special guests. At The Strand visitors will find some of the best arts and crafts traders Devon has to offer, and there will be plenty of children's entertainment in town, with face painting, rides and bouncy castles on offer.
The same night heralds the start of a series of late night shopping events, which will be taking place every Thursday until 22 December. Alongside this, parking will be free at North Devon Council (NDC)-managed car parks across the district on Thursdays from 3pm until charges resume the following morning. Shoppers will also be able to access free parking in NDC-managed car parks during the lead-up to the big day; from Monday 19 December to Monday 26 December parking will be free from 4pm in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and South Molton (from 3pm on Thursday 22 December).
Barnstaple Pannier Market - with its festive wreaths adorning the ceilings and a host of unique gifts stalls - also has extended opening hours, welcoming visitors between 9am and 4pm, seven days a week from Thursday 1 December until Christmas Eve. In line with Barnstaple's late night shopping, the market will be open until 8pm, every Thursday from 1-22 December.
Barnstaple Town Centre Manager, Hannah Harrington, says: "There are so many great reasons to visit your local town centres this Christmas. With free parking, a brilliant Christmas lights switch-on event, and opportunities to shop late into the evening, we hope North Devon residents will visit Barnstaple town centre and take advantage of all the brilliant local businesses and traders we have right on our doorsteps.
"Come along, soak up the festive atmosphere, pick up some unique Christmas gifts and enjoy a mince pie or mulled wine, whilst supporting the local businesses and traders that make these events possible. As our local businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it is as important as ever that we continue to support our locally-owned retail and hospitality businesses by taking the opportunity to #LiveLoveLocalNorthDevon."
To stay up-to-date on what events and activities are happening in the market over Christmas, residents can visit - northdevon.gov.uk/events-at-the-market.
Information on parking in North Devon Council-managed car parks is available on the council's website at northdevon.gov.uk/parking.
More details on the Christmas lights switch-on event is available on Barnstaple Town Council's Facebook page.