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Christmas Events and Activities in Exeter, Devon

With Christmas now well and truly here, people local to Exeter / Devon will find there are plenty of activities and events happening. As we’ve just had a “pre-Christmas” holiday, here’s a round up of the Christmas Activities we found in the Exeter area.

Darts Farm

Devon does farm shops well. Darts Farm near Exeter is an example of a fantastic farm shop. Except it doesn’t just have a vast varity of fruit, veg, and meat. It also has a huge selection of ciders and beers (including gluten free!), all sorts of foodies treats, its own toy shop, and many other gifts.

On the lead up to Christmas it also a place to get your real Christmas tree, and… you may also bump into Father Christmas himself!

Details about when Father Christmas is at Darts Farm (and he’s around alot), can be found at the Darts Farm website.

Christmas Lights

Because which small kid doesn’t love Christmas lights? If you’re going to look at the Christmas lights in Exeter, make sure you check out, both the lights in the High Street, and Princesshay.

Food Markets

Do you like fresh locally sourced food?

Do you like sampling food and local cider?

Do you like supporting independent businesses? (The answer is yes to this, even if you’ve not answered positively to the above)

If your answers are yes, then look out for Exeter Street Markets. You’ll know them when you see them. (Or check out the website to find out where and when they are!)

Snow Globe

snow-globe

From The Express & Echo Website

Now this is cool. The Exeter Snow Globe is a giant snow globe found around the back of Debenhams in Princesshay. You and friends / family climb into it, and find yourselves transported to the most wintery scene you’ll probably find in Devon. It comes complete with fake snow that you can throw at each other.

Great fun for throwing snow at Daddy!

Christmas Markets

I cannot write a round up of Christmas activities and events in Exeter, without mentioning the Christmas Markets in the Exeter Cathedral Green. This years markets are in a different layout this year, (due to the Exeter fire at the end of October), but its still ram packed with Christmas presents, good food, Gluhwein, and possibly the best cider in the world. (Ok it possibly isn’t, but the guy manning the Northcotts stall was a bit of a legend, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt).

This is all in the shadow of the beautiful Exeter Cathedral.

Check it out, then have a nose down Gandy Street for other shopping choices. (And more great chocolate!)

Exeter is also filled with many random Christmas markets, Christmas fares, and a fair few hours that are lit up like Blackpool.

Where would you suggest?

#MySundayPhoto – The View Over Exeter, Devon

We took a quick trip after preschool to take in the view over Exeter.
We arrived just in time to see this spectacular sight of the sunset catching the mist under the hills.

 

 

Photalife

Conversations With A Tiny Person #6

I was a little confused after the above conversation!

Saving Money Over Christmas

Welcome to Christmas 2016. Well, we’re almost there anyway. Either way it feels like Christmas is in full swing with people filling the streets and Christmas markets, all spending money on the perfect Christmas presents, or on other Christmas things. (Mulled Wine anyone?) Christmas is an expensive time, and unless you’re a politician, banker, or former UKIP leader*, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are also trying to find ways to save money.

I thought I would share some ways we’ve thought of saving money at Christmas.

  1. Recycle Centre Shops. Do you have a recycling centre near by? It might be worth checking if they have a shop attached to it, where they sell off items that people have dropped in for really cheap. Like 20p for a dvd cheap. Some of the items there may be questionable in quality or stock, but if you treat them as places that might have something decent, you may find a treasure – and find a cheap Christmas present! (In fact it was on one visit that I was inspired to write this)
  2. Reuse old cards. Have you cards on hand from last year, or know anyone who might have? Get arty and repurpose some old cards!
  3. Check out Freecycle… there might be someone there giving away a Christmas jumper? If so jump on it like you’ve got the plague, and you’re trying to infect someone.
  4. Are you on O2? Check out the priority app for cheap / free stuff!
  5. Limit gifts! Got a partner? Decide on a limit of how much money you’re going to spend on each other, at worse you might find this challenges your imagination a little bit!
  6. Plan for next year. Is your Christmas tree on its way out? Take advantage of the sales, just be warned if you buy something broken – I doubt you’d get away with taking it back 11 months afterwards. (But don’t quote me on this)

Are there any you would add? 

*Other massively way paid jobs are available.

#MySundayPhoto – Agnus Aftermath

Exeter (and Devon) got fairly battered by Storm Agnus over the start of this week.

Which is great when you’re a 4 year old that loves puddles…

 

Photalife

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but we’re slowly moving into Christmas. That time of year when we all run around finding presents for each other. Some people are easy to buy for… if you dont have kids, buying Christmas presents for kids can be difficult.  Are you looking for Christmas present ideas for kids? If you are, this is the list for you! Be warned, the parents involved might hate you if you get any of these…

(As a side note… If any of the “uncles” happen to read this blog post – DONT THINK OF IT!!!)

Here is the Dads Sofa list of Christmas present ideas for kids – when you hate parents….

Monkey Present?

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The ParentsIts a monkey.

You can play catch!

It screams!

For the ultimate noise and destruction check out the Screaming Monkey from Amazon!

A Singing Peppa Pig.

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Question. Which parent doesn’t want an oversized singing peppa pig toy in their house?

Answer. NONE. And they dont want you to find it here either.

Work THAT ENERGY OUT!

Know a kid with lots of energy?

Does that kid have untapped musical talent?

Help the kids parents unleash that talent by getting this from Amazon

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Encourage The Dalek

Are you shopping for a little dalek?

The Dad a fan of Doctor Who?

Happy with forcing kids to confront nightmares?

Get them something for their bedroom….

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Found at Amazon.

Encourage Cuddles

Because who doesn’t like a giant teddy that the parents don’t have room for?

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Find this cuddle monster here. 

 

I’m sure there are many worse ideas out there. Have you got any?

Warning. If you buy a kid any of the above, and NOT check with the parent first. You deserve to be woken up with the said toy for the next month. (Uncles – this also means you!)

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Conversations With A Tiny Person #5

#MySundayPhoto – Wondering Up To The Church Of All Saints in Dulverton

Had a quick chance for a nose around Dulverton in Somerset on Friday. This is one of the paths leading up to The Church Of All Saints.

Photalife

A Message To Brands Who Want To Make Dads Their New Friends

Love this from @DBTHSocialPR on The Huffington Post:

… as Dad 2.0, we’re not only expected to but are proud to do more than our fair share of bum and tear-wiping because being a dad is quite possibly the best job in the world. We’re the Grange Hill generation that came of age while raving and Britpoppin’ in the 90s. Imagine the date when New Lad became New Dad, and you will be halfway there.

Now as responsible child-rearing grown-ups with careers and mortgages, we expect more out of family life and we want to look good and have fun while we are doing it.

Unfortunately, the marketing world has yet to catch up with the reality of modern parenting. In advertising, dad is still the hapless sap who simply can’t get anything right. He burns any foodstuff that dares venture close to the oven, stares blankly at the mere mention of putting the washing on as if he had never visited his own utility room and returns from the supermarket with 15 pomegranates and a party pack of Twiglets when he was supposed to have hunter-gathered the Christmas dinner. That is, of course, when he is not encamped on his sofa, lounging in a cloud of his flatulence and barking orders at his put-upon spouse.

It reads as a wake up call to brands to engage better with Dads. Read the rest of it over at The Huffington Post.

Christmas Card featuring Exeter Cathedral in Devon

Christmas time is just around the corner. Sorry to point it out, but Christmas is nearly here. Have you brought Christmas Cards yet? If not, can I suggest* this card featuring Exeter Cathedral in a rare wintery moment.

As well as supporting a local Devon photographer, you’d also be helping to keep the Dad Sofa running smoothly!

This card is available from redbubble.com

<end of plug>

*When I say suggest, what I mean is that I made a Christmas card**

**And this is a really blatant plug. (I think I’m) Sorry about that. 

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