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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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).
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?
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….
You can play catch!
For the ultimate noise and destruction check out the Screaming Monkey from Amazon!
A Singing Peppa Pig.
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…
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….
Because who doesn’t like a giant teddy that the parents don’t have room for?
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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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
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*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.
Its going to be a long 2 months…
We are slowly entering that time of year where we may find ourselves in a Christmas Carol Service or two.
Have you ever sat in one and felt that it felt oddly familiar?
To test that feeling, here’s The Christmas Carol Service Bingo Game. Please feel free to print out the below, and play it on the back row during the Carol Services of this Christmas season.
Obviously, you may not want to scream BINGO too much…
A Slight variation of this post first appeared on The Church Sofa.
Whilst making Christmas cards, Mummy and The Little One are having a conversation about Christmas. I walk into the room, and Mummy explains to me that they were talking about Christmas, and after some reminding about whose birthday we celebrate, the Little One says:
Little One: *whispers* “Baby Jesus”
*Starts Hiding behind Mummy*
Mummy: “What are you hiding from?”
Little One: “Baby Jesus”
Mummy: “You cant hide from Baby Jesus!”
Well, here’s a little something. Back during the third season of Doctor Who, I mean during the “classic” years, a 12 part Dalek epic had an interlude on Christmas Day called “The Feast of Steven”.
Featuring no Daleks, but a lot of weirdness, its one of the lost Doctor Who episodes.
If you watch it, please dont complain to me about the last half of the episode. I said it was weird…