The Tavistock Goose Fair is one of only two held in England, the other being in Nottingham. It has its origins in the 1100s, growing up as a social event around bringing geese to market. The event attracts over 200 market traders and showmen from across the country filling the streets with stalls and side-shows.
Treat yourself to a tasty goose lunch or enjoy the rides at the showground. Goosey Fair is traditionally a market fair for geese and poultry ready to be fattened for Christmas time.
Leaving Bodmin early afternoon we make our way to Bridgwater. The Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival is a spectacular event and it is regarded as one of the world's largest illuminated carnivals. The floats can be up to 100ft long, 11ft wide, 18ft high and contain up to 250,000 lights.
The carnival procession can take over two hours to get through the streets on the two and half mile route. Seeing really is believing so don't miss this fantastic illuminated carnival! You can have a wander on foot or stay in the coach and watch the procession go by. The coach will leave soon after the Carnival procession has finished.
This years Turkey and Tinsel takes us to North Devon. Situated in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, the Imperial Hotel overlooks Wildersmouth beach and the splendid Landmark Theatre. It’s just a short, almost level walk from the harbour and the town centre provides excellent shopping opportunities with its blend of well-known high street retailers plus antique and gift shops Ilfracombe has some delightful gardens, including Runnymede and Jubilee Gardens, as well as fabulous walks along the coastal path. We will be exploring Exmoor for our day trip and mystery stops on our outward and homeward journeys.
At Clarks Village you'll find traditional paved walkways, beautiful landscaped gardens, a stylish restaurant terrace with indoor and outdoor dining, a choice of coffee shops and of course, an unrivalled selection of discount designer and high street stores. The ideal place to find that special Christmas present.
Exeter is a shopaholic's must-do destination with boutiques & stylish independent shops alongside familiar big-name stores. On Exeter's Cathedral Green, the Christmas Market is wonderfully atmospheric, set among a labyrinth of winding lanes, festooned with fairy lights and the seasonal sights and smells of festive chalets. Enjoy delicious food from restaurants, cafés and bars and browse local West Country produce, unique hand-crafted gifts, decorations and much more – all twinkling below the illuminated medieval façade of Exeter Cathedral.
For this years christmas lights we will be heading via local decorated villages to watch the transportable mobile light display at a well known local fishing port. Here everyone can also have easy access to various food outlets for your choice of evening meal, before returning home.