Cotley Farm

Festive Fun in Devon

Dec 15, 2016

The Jingle Bell Rock is in full swing and we are getting stuck in to our favourite festive activities. Here at Cotley Farm we have lots of exciting events and you can still sign up for our Kids Crafternoon or Centrepiece Masterclass, which comes with a glass of fizz. We always find that getting your friends together and heading to an event gifts the Christmas mood so we’ve put together a few things going on in Devon this holiday season.


Santa’s Storytime at Crealy Great Adventure Park
In his cosy grotto at Crealy everyone is invited to visit Santa and his elves for a brand new interactive Story Time experience. Santa reads classic Christmas tales as the elves accompany with some fun surprises. Every child who meets Santa will get a free gift and even the opportunity for a festive ‘selfie’. Places need to be booked online and run right up until 23rd December. Every child wants to meet Santa at Christmas time and Crealy are adding a little more magic this year.

Dartmoor Polar Express
Dartmoor Railways Okehampton brings the magic of the Polar Express to life. There will be a hot food stand or you can treat yourself to something in the gift shop before you’re called aboard the festively decorated train. Here you’ll see some familiar faces so gather around and read the Polar Express storybook or get up and dance to the movie soundtrack. The journey will end with Santa welcoming everyone to the North Pole. This is a truly charmed Christmas treat for everyone.

Festive Afternoon Tea at Thurlestone
If you’re looking for a festive afternoon with friends or a partner why not treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea at Thurlestone Hotel in Kingsbridge. Classic sandwiches are accompanied with Christmas cakes as well as scones with jam and West Country Clotted Cream. You can also choose between tea, coffee or a festive cocktail. At £37.50 for two this would be a great gift for a friend or one of those presents you fancy for yourself.

Visit Santa at World of Country Life
World of Country Life in Exmouth offer a Christmas experience in a traditional Victorian world. As well as meeting Santa in his cottage workshop there will also be crafts available, you can head to the Victorian Christmas street for roast chestnuts, a mince pie or a sausage roll and listen to the carol singing. Available on selected days throughout December this Christmas experience is a little different from most and could definitely become a new family favourite.

Creative Christmas by the Sea in Torquay
Throughout the festive period Torquay town centre boasts creative installations. The town has been filled with workshops and choirs alongside other activities on their Christmas programme running until 24th December. Sound and light installations have been made by local artists, Christmas is really bringing this town together and we’re all invited to join the merriment.

Everyone has their cherished Christmas traditions but it’s always fun to check out what’s on in the local area and add some new activities into your festive fun. We hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and will join us for many more.

Matford Farm, Parrs Farm Country  Store, EX2 8HT (beside the Devon Hotel)

We will not be opening this site in 2018 so please come to Cotley Farm this year for your Cotley Christmas tree

Cotley Farm

We welcome you to our family farm overlooking Whimple to enjoy a more traditional Christmas experience away from the glitz of the high street. Choose a quality homegrown Christmas tree from the tree barn with plenty of choice of sizes. Visit the ‘Reindeer Lodge’ to see the Reindeer and our other farm animals and the Nativity area with all the animals of the stable, including Mary’s donkey!

Our shop is filled with delicious locally produced festive foods, hampers and lots of Christmas decorations. We support and source local producers and you will find delicious puddings and cakes ,chocolates, honey, jams and pickles to name just a few. Turkeys are available to order and we also have beers, juices and ciders to make your Christmas a foodie fantasy!

There is no charge for admission but we do appreciate donations to our chosen charity ‘Send a Cow’ which does a great job at training farmers in Africa to lift themselves out of poverty. Find out more about our charity here.


Cotley Farm, Whimple, Exeter EX5 2QR | Tel: 01404 823193 Email: [email protected]

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