6th August 2021

Get that festive feeling

Get ready for the festive season with a wonderful December escape with us in North Devon. Decorated in all its glory, Saunton Sands Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for your pre-festive break. 

When you join us, indulge in a festive afternoon tea, treat yourself to one of our warming spa treatments and sit back and admire the spectacular views as it glistens in a layer of winter frost. If you're heading out to explore then be sure to grab your winter woollies for a wrapped up beach walk, or check out your Christmas shopping list whilst you browse around the local shops. Most importantly, leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, ready for the festive season to begin!

So if you're lucky enough to have some annual leave to take, why not treat yourself to a getaway? We’ve put together some ideas of things you can enjoy this December – all sprinkled with plenty of Christmas cheer – ensuring you’re in the mood for the festivities.

Christmas shopping

There’s a variety of places in the area where you can do that little bit of shopping, whether it’s browsing big brand outlets or picking up something from a local producer at the market.

Barnstaple Pannier Market, a historic indoor market, has a variety of stalls from fresh vegetables and fudge to crafts and ornaments. It’s located next to Barnstaple’s famous Butcher’s Row, where you can get local meat and fish as well as locally baked bread and more.

Barnstaple high street on the other hand has those regular shops you may be looking for, as well as some independents, and Green Lanes has your big brand names.

Winter walks 

In the deep midwinter, it’s so easy to spend days indoors, sheltering from the weather– a 21st century hibernation. But on those quiet December days, it’s an unexpectedly wonderful time to explore and absorb the breathtaking surroundings. Take a look at our recommended winter walks for some inspiration.

RHS Rosemoor Glow

Wrap up warm and enjoy a magical illuminated walk at the RHS Gardens this winter – the perfect way to get into the festive spirit.  See the gardens from a unique perspective during this festive period as the gardens come alive with colour and lights.  More information on the event coming soon. See their website for more details.

Barnstaple Pantomime 

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to see a pantomime…. With lavish scenery, spectacular costumes, and dazzling special effects, the annual Queens Theatre family pantomime is the perfect Christmas treat. With a great cast, live music, amazing dance routines, and a hilarious script, Cinderella has something for everyone.  So polish your pumpkins, dust off your gowns, grab your glass slippers and head to the ball of the year for the ultimate pantomime. BOOK ONLINE.

Source Spa and Wellness

A little bit of winter wellness is the perfect way to relax before the Christmas rush. Our world-class natural surroundings teamed with our state-of-the-art facilities and bespoke treatments will bring your body and mind back to its Source of wellness and balance. Find out more information on our spa days and treatments here

Festive Afternoon Tea

For an extra special Christmas treat, why not indulge in our classic afternoon tea, re-imagined with a festive twist? Served in the ambience of our luxurious and relaxing lounge, enjoy a selection of festive-themed finger sandwiches, homemade scones, pastries and cakes; lovingly prepared for you by our chefs. Find out more. 

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Book your Pre-Festive break today at the warmth and comfort of Saunton Sands Hotel. Enjoy award-winning food, attentive service and luxury accommodation all with a dose of festive cheer. Book today!