Category Archives: Shopping


Preparation is now in full swing for this September’s Vintage & Handmade event on Sunday 22 September at Barnstaple Pannier Market.

The show promises to be a colourful and theatrical spectacular with a 50s circus-themed backdrop to an incredible selection of exhibitors: an eclectic mix of vintage & retro traders, work that has been beautifully upcycled or recycled and stunning work from artisans across the South West including jewellery, prints, paintings, ceramics, candles, woodwork and textiles.

Barnstaple Pannier Market will be transformed – behind the curtained entrance you will find a ring master, usherettes with trays, vintage games, a vintage lemonade stand hosted by North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA) and a live swing band.

Cool creative workshops can be pre-booked including paper-flower making and hand-stitched embroidered brooches.

There will also be food traders and a tea & coffee lounge.

Put the date in your diary, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. Dig out your favourite vintage glad rags as dressing up for this event is actively encouraged.


A new fund to revitalise High Streets across the UK opens this month and Barnstaple is making a bid for its share.

North Devon Council is working alongside Barnstaple Town Centre Management (BTCM) to apply for the government’s Future High Streets Fund, which has been set up to regenerate high streets and make them fit for the future. The first round of applications opened on 22 March and the council will be submitting its strategic vision for the town centre, taking on board ideas put forward at the BTCM meeting earlier this month.

Councils across the country will be submitting similar bids and not everyone will be selected. However, if the initial bid is successful and Barnstaple gets through to the second stage of the process, there will be a wider consultation with local businesses and residents of the town to ensure the vision meets the needs and aspirations of the local community.

Matthew Brend, Chair of Barnstaple Town Centre Management, says: “We all know that our town centre is evolving. Unprecedented changes in shopping habits and the retail landscape mean that we need to think about what function we want our town centre to play in the future. Barnstaple Town Centre has traditionally been the heart of our community, the place where people come to meet and socialise but with the changes in retail and lifestyles we need to ensure that there are still reasons for people to come and spend time in the town and ensure that it remains at the heart for generations to come. BTCM look forward to playing a local leadership role in delivering real change.”

Hannah Harrington, Barnstaple Town Centre Manager, says: “The Future High Streets Fund is an exciting opportunity that could help us turn our visions into reality. This is an initial stage in a very competitive process and Barnstaple will be up against a large number of other towns, who will all produce their own proposals however we believe we have a strong vision and our own unique set of circumstances which will hopefully make our bid successful.”

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Economic Regeneration says: “This is an excellent opportunity for Barnstaple and any regeneration of North Devon’s largest town will also have a massive knock-on effect on the whole of the district. The High Street Fund isn’t about drawing down money to make the place look pretty, its for bold new visions, projects that will transform High Streets and make them fit for the future.”

If you would like to join Barnstaple Town Centre Management and put your forward your ideas for the town, contact Hannah Harrington (

PHOTO: The Square, Barnstaple – Nos 3-7, built in 1844 by R.D. Gould of Barnstaple; Nos 1 & 2 were added in 1887. Photo by ‘Reading Tom’.


A recently formed group of local food producers and craftspeople is opening a brand new shop at No. 4, The Avenue, Minehead, on 15 January 2018.

Following the recent decision to close the Exmoor Producers Association Shop on Friday Street Minehead, some of its members, along with a many new producers, got together to form a new ‘not for profit’ community group.

Pam Barr, herself a local pork farmer from Little Oak Farm (see winter issue of the magazine and photo above), is chairing the new group called Exmoor Food & Crafts. Pam said, “There is real enthusiasm and excitement among our members – the new shop which will allow a great platform for locally produced goods. We’ll be offering a great selection of Exmoor and Greater Exmoor handmade crafts and fabulous food items including honey, jam, chutney and meat.”

Local producers who might be interested in selling their goods though the new shop are invited email Pamela via or pop in after 15 January.

Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager from Exmoor National Park said, “We’ve been delighted that this new group is going to promote local produce in this way. It is essential that residents and visitors can easily source the items being made here on Exmoor and the new shop will give a real focus for the wider activities of the group. ”



Support your local traders and enjoy a host of festive events this Christmas at Barnstaple’s historic Pannier Market.

The Christmas countdown has well and truly begun, so kick off your Christmas shopping at the market, open Tuesday to Sunday throughout December.

Connect and Create Fest is back on Sunday 3 December, with a fantastic mix of unique and creative stalls, live music, art and craft workshops, licensed bar and lots of fund raising activities for local causes. This family-friendly event runs from 10am to 6pm, entry is free.

On Thursday 7 December Barnstaple Town Council will be hosting their annual Christmas Fayre and carol service from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This highlight is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit and will be make your late-night shopping an evening to remember.

There will be a wide range of yummy festive treats available at the monthly REAL food market from 10am–4pm on Sunday 10 December. Stock up on some tasty, local supplies to make your Christmas dinner unforgettable.

And there are further opportunities for late-night shopping on Thursday 14 and 21 December, with the market open from 6–10pm. Both evenings include a delicious Christmas street food party, which will keep your energy up for all that shopping! On 21 December you can get up close to real elves, make your very own reindeer food and elf elixirs with Buzzlewick’s Elf Emporium. Whilst there, don’t forget to write your letter to Santa at the Polar post office and hand it to the postmaster elf himself, to make sure it gets to the North Pole in time for Christmas! The elves will be on duty in the market from 11am to 3pm and from 5pm to 7pm.

If you like to leave things to the last minute, the last Sunday Christmas market will take place on 24 December from 10am–4pm. Pick up some final treats before the big day! The market will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve, reopening on Wednesday 27 December. It will also close at 4pm on Saturday 30 December, reopening Tuesday 2 January.

Executive Member for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “Barnstaple Pannier Market always feels particularly special at this time of year. As usual there is a wonderful range of events planned in the run up to Christmas, with something for all the family to enjoy. Make sure you pay a trip to the market when you are out doing your Christmas shopping and support the many local traders who make it such a special place.”

Parking in the town is free after 6pm in all North Devon Council car parks  and free all day on Sundays in long-stay car parks at Fairview, Seven Brethren, Lower Pilton and Tarka.


Jack and Alison Clegg have moved their photography business from Porlock to Minehead. We wish them all the best with this development! Jack is a long-standing contributor to the magazine and his photography stars on the current winter cover. The photo above shows a red kite which Jack photographed in Valley of Rocks. The image accompanies Trevor Beer’s Country Matters article on page 63 of the winter magazine (which is all about wildlife in winter in the Valley of Rocks).

Here is a message from Jack and Alison about their move, which we have promised to share…

As our lease has now ended at the shop in Porlock, we are relocating the business. We would like to thank you for your custom and support over the last six years and we look forward to your continued custom and support in the future. We have found that with the ever-increasing popularity of the photography courses, we are away from this shop too much to justify staying here.

Exmoor Photography is continuing as normal. However, we will be concentrating on the following services,

  • Exmoor Photography Courses
  • Online Gallery Sales
  • Commercial Photography
  • Canvas & fine quality printing service (not kiosk)

All of our products and information are available online
as always on the following websites.
If you have any questions or would like
to book your photography course
Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course & Photo accessories:
Alternatively, you can contact us on
T: 01643 702312 (active from Monday 23rd January 2017)
M: 07790 885506

Exmoor Photography
85 Marshfield Rd
TA24 6AJ.

You are welcome to visit the office BY APPOINTMENT ONLY,
please contact us on the above numbers to make an appointment.
We will be running the business from our H/A until we find
a larger retail premises in a bigger town.

  • Please note if you have a Photography Course GV, please contact us (as per normal) to book your course by contacting us on the above numbers.
  • Please note if you have a current shop GV you can use it on the gallery website as above or as part payment against one of our photography courses.


Residents in High Bickington have this weekend celebrated the long-awaited opening of their very own community shop. The not-for-profit shop, which is based in the village’s Meeting Point building on the B3217, is entirely volunteer led and now provides people with the convenient opportunity to access locally produced goods, general foods and household items as well as a seating area where people can meet for a coffee and a slice of homemade cake. Councillor Andy Boyd officially opened the community shop and welcomed its first customers on Saturday 8 October.

The project has been driven by a group of people living in High Bickington who recognised the ever-growing need for a local shop within the village which would stock a wide range of provisions. The shop is registered as a community benefit society, guaranteeing that all profit will benefit the whole community and no one individual.

hick-bickington-community-shop1Funding to date has been achieved through a combination of grants, including from the Trustees of the Meeting Point as well as the Parish Council and the High Bickington Community Fund. Over 100 people have also paid to become members of the shop and support its progress during the past two years since the initial idea was proposed.

Dr David Halpin, Chairman of the management committee, said: “The last village shop in High Bickington closed 12 years ago and as the community has grown, so has the need for there to be a local shop to provide basic essentials for people who may not have regular access to the supermarkets in our surrounding towns of Barnstaple, Torrington and South Molton.

“It will be a meeting place, a communication centre and an important lynchpin of village life. We hope that the shop will be much more than just a convenience store but also a meeting place for neighbours and friends to have a drink and a chat.

“It should add to our village in a way that enriches the lives of the volunteers and customers and will help people stay in High Bickington by reducing isolation as well as making food available locally and more conveniently.

“Much of the appeal of our wonderful village rests on its sense of community and it is the reason that so many people have moved here and remain here, so the presence of a shop does, we feel, greatly enhance that community spirit.”

All staff at the shop are volunteers including the manager and there will be ongoing opportunity for local people to receive training and be involved. For more information about the shop please contact the manager Sue Birch via the shop’s own phone on 01769 561177.

The shop will be open seven days a week from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 12pm on Sunday.

David concluded: “With the shop opening, High Bickington will regain the privileged status of being one of the few North Devon villages that enjoys a wide range of amenities including a church and chapel,  a primary school, a post office, two pubs, a GP surgery, a new development of affordable housing, workshops and our community hall. What a great place to live!”


Sunday 2 October is set to see the Watchet Street Fair coming to its climax on the Esplanade. The Apple Street Fair will be the last fair of the season for this new venture which has seen fairs in Watchet on every first Sunday of the month since May.

Stalls from across the county will be selling all sorts of interesting goods, from boutique knitwear and artisan food, to pottery and craft. There will be a unique performance from the ‘Somerset Players’ for the first time – players drawn from a number of brass/silver bands from across the county will be performing during the afternoon. This has been organised by Watchet’s Ruth Austin who is usually seen on the cornet with the Burtle Silver Band. Players are expected from as far as Wincanton, Wells, Burtle and, of course, Watchet.

West Somerset District Cllr Rosemary Woods says: “We are all set to have a wonderful last Street Fair for the season. The Majorettes will be performing, plus our local buskers are expected and music from Joel Tait and his friends will fill in the morning and any gaps in entertainment. The kids/parent crafts will be there in the morning: we are building on the favourites which have included flowers – sun visors, Indian headdresses and royal themed crowns. Apples are our theme, surprise is our game!”

Watchet Coastal Communities Team, which has organised these events, is made up of local people, businesses and organisations in Watchet. Special thanks go to all those on the Street Fair Working Group who work so hard to make these events happen.

The Street Fairs aim to attract more visitors to Watchet and to celebrate local festivities, as well as help support start-up businesses in the area. The Fairs have been funded by the central government national initiative, Coastal Communities, which aims to boost Britain’s coastal towns. Watchet is one of 118 Coastal Communities Teams set up last year by government to help drive forward coastal areas growth.

To book a pitch for the 2017 season contact Molly Quint tel: 01984 632592 or email

If you take photos on Sunday at the last Street Fair and would like to share them with Exmoor Magazine, you can use #exmoormagazine, send to @exmoormagazine or post on our Facebook page:

Barnstaple’s Sunday Christmas Markets Start This Weekend

There will be three Sundays markets in December in the run up to the big day.

As well as opening Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm, there will be festive markets on Sunday 7 and 21 December from 10am to 4pm. Plus, shoppers can pick up some fantastic festive food at the monthly REAL food market, taking place on Sunday 14 December from 10am to 3pm.

Finally, while you’re late-night shopping on Thursday 12 December, take time out from the bustle of the High Street to enjoy a musical interlude from West Buckland School Orchestra in the market from 6.30pm.

Executive Member for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Prowse says: “As always there’s a really exciting programme of events lined up for the town this Christmas and the Pannier Market is at the heart of this. By shopping at the market you’ll have the opportunity to pick up some unique, local gifts and enjoy a fantastic festive atmosphere as well as supporting local traders.”

The market will close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening on Saturday 27 December.

For more information about upcoming events join the market’s Facebook page, or follow on Twitter


Candlelight & Starlight Are This Weekend!

This weekend it’s Dunster by Candlelight (Friday 5-Saturday 6 December) and Dulverton by Starlight (Sunday 7 December).

A unique event with a magical atmosphere, this medieval festival  includes a lantern-lighting procession that lights the village streets and shops with candles. It also showcases street entertainment and theatre. Proceeds in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.

The festival begins on Friday with the lantern procession.  It starts on the Steep and continues through the village until all the lanterns in the streets have been lit.  The procession of children and their families is accompanied by colourful stilt-walkers in fantastic costumes who put up the lanterns.

During both evenings there are a variety of street entertainers, including carol singers, morris dancers, hand-bell ringers, a large fairground organ and choirs in the parish church. The atmosphere is both traditional and exciting; this is a truly wonderful Christmas event for all ages.

Most of Dunster’s shops are open throughout the two evenings for
Christmas shopping; the many restaurants (advance bookings advisable), cafés and pubs are also open, while extra street stalls sell delicious food throughout the village.

Park and ride services are available.  Find out more:

Every year the picturesque Exmoor town of Dulverton celebrates the winter season with a day of fun, shopping and fireworks to get you in the Christmas mood and this year is shaping up to be exceptional.

The entertainment starts at 2pm, with the arrival of Father Christmas from the Town Hall at 2.30pm.  He will make his way to his grotto at the Heritage Centre where children can go and let him know what they would like for Christmas (and, of course, how good they have been all year!). Watch in awe as Captain Coconut creates his marvellous bubble show and Merlin the fire-juggling magician dazzles.

Following the success of 2013’s Dulverton by Starlight, Fore Street will be closed to traffic for the Winter Market stalls, visiting the shops and enjoying the entertainment.  The Market, with local crafts and producers to tempt you with food & gifts, will include handmade jewellery, Christmas decorations, chocolates, glass and candles, unique antler gifts and SO much more! Dulverton’s
beautifully-decorated shops will be open throughout the day.

A stage in the Market will host performances from The Wiveliscombe Brass Band, local choral groups and street entertainers among others.  The ever-popular nativity scenes will be in the Town Hall.  A Punch and Judy show will be performing in the afternoon.

Pop into All Saints Church which will be open for a Christmas Bazaar, then gather around the main Christmas tree in Bank Square for carol singing at 6.30pm, followed by the spectacular fireworks display silhouetting the church tower at 7pm. Get your dancing shoes on at 7.20pm as Dulverton’s incredible band will perform all your favourite songs, keeping you in the festive mood until the close. Well worth staying for!

Fore Street will be closed from 11.30am until 10pm. High Street and all other access routes to and from the town open. Please follow the traffic signs as you approach the town to avoid congestion.

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