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Bideford & Exeter’s Christmas Market

Festive Escape…

A scenic and largely rural region, North Devon is bordered by Exmoor National Park, renowned for its striking country and coastal views and herds of wild deer. The North Devon coastline, studded with tiny harbour-towns, excellent beaches and breathtaking cliff-top walks, is so picturesque that it has been designated “an area of outstanding natural beauty”. Bideford is an attractive town situated on the banks of the Torridge Estuary and the old main road has a famous 24 arched bridge crossing the Torridge which links the town to its aptly named neighbour, East the Water. Bideford still has a working harbour, pleasant small streets with a variety of shops and, similar to its larger sister town Barnstaple, it has a Pannier Market with its own Butchers Row where local farmers still bring their dairy produce to sell. During the 16th and 17th centuries Bideford was one of the busiest ports in England handling cargoes of all kinds but especially the trade in tobacco and cotton from the New World. The Quay has recently been widened and lined with trees and it is a pleasant place to view the fishing and cargo boats as they go about their work.

Exeter is located on the River Exe in Southwest Devon. Full of character and history, Exeter also provides all the amenities and comforts that are expected of a modern day city. Capital city of Devon, Exeter also provides visitors with a memorable shopping experience and its waterside Exeter Quay is not to be missed. Exeter’s Christmas Market takes place on Cathedral Green, in the heart of the city. This picturesque setting located in the shadow of the iconic and majestic Cathedral will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations; there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

Accommodation

The Durrant House Hotel is conveniently located just off the “Atlantic Highway” enjoying superb views across North Devon, the Taw Estuary and Instow Beach. The hotel has a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere enhanced by its excellent Olive Tree Restaurant which offers quality cuisine; the Appledore Bar a perfect place to enjoy a drink and the reading room, the ideal place for peace and relaxation. The hotel’s Salon and Spa provides a range of facilities with a fully trained team of therapists and hair stylists offering a range of beauty treatments including massage, manicures, pedicures, hair styling and pamper packages. (Salon and Spa services are at extra cost). All bedrooms have private bathroom, TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and are served by a lift.

Itinerary*

Monday: Travel to Bideford arriving late afternoon. Time to settle into your room before enjoying your evening meal.

Tuesday: Today we make the short hop to the ancient town of Barnstaple where you can visit its 150 year old Pannier Market, ideally situated on the bustling High Street. Returning to Bideford mid-afternoon; this evening enjoy a festive dinner with a complimentary glass of bubbly followed by entertainment.

Wednesday: Today we travel southwards to Exeter. Enjoy your visit to the wonderful Christmas Market; view the Cathedral or Exeter Quay.

Thursday: Day at leisure alternatively join the coach and travel to Bideford’s Atlantic Village Shopping Outlet which is situated just two miles outside the town on the A39. Here you will find 35 stores offering massive savings on High Street prices with a huge choice of famous brand names including Cotton Traders, M&S and Jacques Vert. All the stores are set undercover, beneath a glazed mall with food court area and outdoor piazza with cafes and coffee shops. Dinner this evening is followed by a party night with optional fancy dress!

Friday: Following breakfast we bid farewell to Bideford and commence the homeward journey.


*Please note itineraries are subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Excursions as described
  • VAT

Limited Single Room Supplement

A limited number of single room supplements are available at no cost, please book early to obtain your free single room supplement.

Pickup Points

Conwy, Lancaster Square
Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Deganwy, Castle Hotel
Llanrhos, Post Office
Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park
Llandudno, Clarence Hotel(Travel Lodge)
Craig Y Don, St Pauls Church
Penrhyn Bay, St Davids Church
Rhos On Sea, Cayley Arms
Rhos On Sea, Hickorys (The Ship)
Mochdre, Bowling Green
Colwyn Bay, Guys Newsagents
Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Old Colwyn, Opposite Marine Hotel
Old Colwyn, Top Shop
Old Colwyn, Queens Nursing Home
Old Colwyn, Junction Abergele Rd/Highlands Rd
Llanddulas, Fairview Inn
Abergele, Tesco Bus Stop
Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Abergele, Pentre Mawr Park Bus Stop
Pensarn, Roundabout Bus Stop
Belgrano, Pensarn Grange (Windjammers)
Towyn, Wendover Bus Stop
Sandy Cove, Bus Stop
Kinmel Bay, Junction Bronwen Ave/ St Asaph Ave
Kinmel Bay, Silver Birch
Bodelwyddan, Bus Stop opposite Garage
Bodelwyddan, The Vicarage
Rhuddlan, Vicarage Lane Bus Stop
Rhuddlan, Highlands Road Bus Stop/ Pentre Lane
Rhuddlan, Rhyl Road Bus Stop
Denbigh, Lenton Pool
Denbigh, Colomendy
Denbigh, Plas Pigot
Denbigh, The Green Bus Stop
Denbigh, Myddleton Park
Trefnant, Village Hall Bus Stop nr Traffic Lights
Trefnant, The Tweedmill
Trefnant, Clwydian Park
St Asaph, HM Stanley Hospital
St Asaph, Cathedral Bus Stop
St Asaph, Fountain Garage
St Asaph, Ashley Court Bus Stop
St Asaph, Bod Erw
Rhyl, Ffordd Derwen Pub
Rhyl, Boulevard Bus Stop
Rhyl, Old Carlton Garden Centre (opp Rosehill Road/ Rhuddlan Rd Bus Stop)
Rhyl, Rhuddlan Road/ St Margarets Drive Bus Stop
Rhyl, Vale Road Flats Bus Layby
Rhyl, Argos, Bodfor Street
Rhyl, Catholic Church/Wellington Rd
Rhyl, Marine Lake Bus Bay
Rhyl, St Thomas’ Church, Russell Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road /Churton Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road/ Old Golf Road
Rhyl, Eastville Bus Stop opp Denmore Stores
Rhyl, Tynewydd Estate Entrance( Junction Tynewydd Road/ Ffordd Anwyl)
Rhyl, Parrys Corner/ Pendyffryn Rd North
Rhyl, Junction Grange Rd/ Clifton Park Road
Prestatyn, Williams Estate Agents, Meliden Road
Prestatyn, Pendyffryn Gardens Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Bus Station
Prestatyn, The Victoria Hotel Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Police Station
Prestatyn, Ffrith Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Clwyd Carpets ( Victoria Road West)
Prestatyn, Jolly Sailor
Prestatyn, Penrhwylfa Crossroads Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Junction Ffordd isa/ Princes Avenue
Meliden, Manod Road Bus Stop
Meliden, Roundwood Avenue
Meliden, Old Garden Centre
Gronant, Cross Roads
Talacre, Junction Coast Road/Station Road
Ffynnongroew, Crown Inn
Mostyn, Lletty Hotel
Greenfield, Queens Head Hotel
Bagillt, Blossoms Inn
Dyserth, Voel Depot
Dyserth, The Vicarage Bus Stop
Dyserth, Cross Keys/Pendre Farm Bus Stop
Dyserth, The Bank (Bus stop opposite junction High Street/ Thomas Avenue)
Trelawnyd, Memorial Hall Bus Stop
Trelawnyd, Erw Wen Bus Stop
Lloc, Rock Inn
Carmel, Halfway House
Holway, Garage
Holywell, Traffic Lights (Fron Park Road/ Brynford Street)
Holywell, Victoria Hotel
Flint, The Ship Hotel Bus Stop
Northop, Car Park Entrance
Sychdyn, Cross Keys
Mold, Station Motors, Chester Road
Mynydd Isa, The Griffin
Ewloe, Clwyd Car Aucitons
Buckley, The Tivoli
Chester, Holiday Inn Wrexham Road (Old Post House)
Wrexham, Dobbs Hill Layby
Wrexham, Plas Coch Pub, Near Sainsburys
Wrexham, Kings Street Bus Station
Chirk, Moreton Garden Centre

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