Christmas at Castle Drogo

Girl talking to Father Christmas

Get away from the crowds and hustle and bustle of town to experience Christmas at Castle Drogo.

Hope you enjoyed the Christmas holidays. This article recaps the Father Christmas event and Christmas market from 2018. 

Christmas market

On the weekend of the 8 and 9 December 2018, 10am-4pm the Castle Drogo Visitor Centre will be holding its annual fair. There will be over 20 stall holders selling local products including jewellery, food, wreaths, photographs and hand knitted gifts. Here are a selection of the exhibitors;

  • Norsworthy Dairy Goats (goats cheese)
  • Eastcott Vineyard (wine)
  • Chocolate pizza company (chocolate gifts)
  • Pinnacle Icing (biscuits and cakes)
  • John Howells (photography)
  • Fi McKnight (jewellery)
  • Sarah Holder (ceramics)
  • David Merrett (stain glass)
  • Jo Butt (wood turning)
  • Annukka Costello (cushions and home furnishings)

Along with many more exhibitors.

There will also be music playing from Barbershop, Mean'der and a local brass band.

Father Christmas comes to Castle Drogo

There is a treat in store for children on the weekends of the 15, 16, 22 and 23 of December as they can follow the trail around the garden and grounds to find Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special present.(£3.50).

Come and meet Father Christmas at Castle Drogo
Father Christmas giving out presents
Come and meet Father Christmas at Castle Drogo

The lead up to Christmas is the perfect time to spoil yourself, so why not take advantage of the home made cakes in our café or enjoy something more hearty from our delicious festive food menu?


There are miles of pathways through the Teign Gorge to explore and breath taking views across Dartmoor to take in. Winter is the perfect time to admire the expansive views from the castle down into the gorge.

A misty morning at Castle Drogo, Dartmoor
A misty morning over the Teign Valley seen from Castle Drogo
A misty morning at Castle Drogo, Dartmoor