Around Exeter

Country house estates and glorious Devon gardens, quirky homes and stories to uncover

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Walks around Devon and Exmoor

What's on this Christmas in Devon

Father Christmas

Find the best spots to visit Father Christmas in Devon 

Want to meet the jolly man himself? Here's the best places to visit Father Christmas near you.

Christmas at Killerton

Enter the land of The Snow Queen

The Christmas decorations in the great hall at Knightshayes

An invitation to a traditional Victorian Christmas at Knightshayes

Join us for a Victorian Christmas and see Knightshayes in all its festive glory.

Watching the sunrise on a winters morning

Devon winter walks, wellies optional

Devon has some truly beautiful winter walks, whether along the coastline or through the valleys, woodlands and fields, We've picked our favourite easy walks - great for blowing off the cobwebs. Welly boots are optional.

Enjoy a winter walk through the park at Saltram, Devon

Ideas for 'Twixmas' in Devon 

Where's best to blow away the cobwebs in between Christmas and New Year? Here are some ideas for things to do after all the festivities - from winter illuminations to great walking spots.

Bendor Grosvenor with Knightshayes' portrait of Rembrandt

A taste of the arts near Exeter 

There are some artistic treasures to be found at our places around Exeter - from a Rembrandt portrait at Knightshayes to rarely-seen paintings on loan from the National Portrait Gallery at Killerton

Visitors in the Dining Room at Christmas at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Find a place to visit 

Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

Artists LOW PROFILE piece of work for Women and Power

Women and Power - For Me, For Her, For You  

For me, for her, for you is a seven track audio work by artists LOW PROFILE - weaving together interviews, songs and recorded messages threaded together with new sound work by collaborator Neil Rose. It’s best when listened to in order, happy listening.

Meet Father Christmas in the South West

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

Ideas for Christmas

Upcoming events


Christmas Conifer Trail

Wed 19 Dec 2018
Pick up a trail and explore the festive trees in the garden and find out all things conifer!

An invitation to Christmas at Knightshayes

Wed 19 Dec 2018
No Christmas is complete without a touch of the Knightshayes festive magic.

Christmas at Killerton : The Snow Queen

Wed 19 Dec 2018
See sparkling displays in the mansion inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. Enjoy our family trail through the garden and at twilight see the garden illuminations come to life.

Father Christmas at Killerton

Thu 20 Dec 2018
Meet Father Christmas dressed in his traditional Victorian green.

Victorian Christmas Trail

Thu 20 Dec 2018
Join us in the house to explore what a Victorian family Christmas looks like and find out more about our favourite Christmas traditions. Be sure to claim your prize at the end.

Knightshayes by Night

Fri 21 Dec 2018
From twinkling fairy lights to shimmering water; discover a hidden world swathed in colour as we bring to life one of the finest gardens in the south west, with a bit of festive magic.


There are country house estates and glorious Devon gardens, quirky homes and stories to uncover near Exeter


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.