Around Exmoor

Remote and romantic landscapes, including a castle home and a house full of collections

Places to visit

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The Outer Hall decorated for Christmas

Experience Christmas on Exmoor 

Christmas is here and we've got lots fun things taking place on Exmoor to get you in the festive mood, including a Victorian Christmas at Arlington Court, festive workshops, a Christmas castle and winter trails.

Finding Father Christmas on Exmoor

Visitors at the front entrance which has been decorated for Christmas at Saltram, Devon

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Child at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Top Christmas days out in the South West 

Take a look at the top places to visit and festive experiences, from enchanted houses, to fairytale stories and handmade garlands.

Upcoming events

Fyne Court

Practice Pilates at Fyne Court

Tue 12 Nov 2019
13:00-14:00
Discover a new way to connect with this special place and have a go at pilates in a peaceful setting. Allow birdsong and rustling leaves to help you find your focus at Fyne Court.
Heddon Valley

Heddon Valley History Trail

Sat 16 Nov 2019
10:30-15:30
Discover more about the hidden history of Heddon Valley with this informative self-led walking trail for adults.
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Christmas Fair

Sat 16 Nov 2019
11:00-16:00
Start the festive season with a spot of shopping at our annual Christmas Fair.
Heddon Valley

Willow Crafting Workshop

Fri 22 Nov 2019
09:45-16:00
Join willow crafter Richard (Windrush Willow) for a relaxing one-day willow skills course and enjoy a 2-course hot lunch at the Hunters Inn, in the stunning Heddon Valley.
Dunster Castle

Decorative festive wreath making workshop

Sat 23 Nov 2019
10:00-12:30
Special workshops led by Botany Exmoor in making beautiful wreaths this festive season. All materials and tuition provided, these workshops also include a delicious mince pie and hot drink.
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Christmas trail

Sat 23 Nov 2019
10:30-15:00
Explore the grounds at Arlington this Christmas with a family trail.
Godo Christmas wreath

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including markets, sleigh rides and carol singing.

Christmas crafts, archaeology and wildlife

Summer the hills above Heddon's Mouth near Lynton, North Devon

Winter walks around Exmoor 

Here's a selection of the almost limitless number of walks you can go on around the Exmoor area to explore moorland, woodland, rivers and coastline.

Exmoor in flower in the Heddon Valley, with Exmoor beyond

Heather on Exmoor under threat from climate change 

Every August, the hills of Exmoor are usually awash with a haze of purple. But the hot summer of 2018, and thriving numbers of heather beetles, have turned acres of heather from glorious purple to a muddy brown this year.

Somerset

From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.

Devon

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