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Johns Christmas Events

‘Tis the season where the Johns team, with the support of many local Devon producers, pull out all the stops to bring you an inspirational and joyous build-up to Christmas. We’ve put together a seamless schedule throughout the festive months that includes:

  • Many products available for taste testing instore at both Appledore and Instow
  • Tasting events where you can meet the supplier, discover their difference and brand story
  • An invite to our stand at the very best of Christmas markets, held at Braunton, Barnstaple and at the Big Sheep.
  • A unique Appledore Festive Evening, with supplier demos, samples and special offers
  • Our ever-popular Gift & Festive Food Extravaganza at our Instow store – a truly special shopping experience!
  • Christmas wreath making workshops, complete with a canapes and bubbles

To discover more and ensure you don’t miss out on these Christmas Events in North Devon, read on for our initial October and November events. Be sure to have your diary to hand!

1.  Barnstaple FoodFest

When & Where? Sunday 20th October, 10am-3pm at Barnstaple Pannier Market
Extra Info: Best to simply look it up on Facebook, ‘NorthDevonFoodFEST’. No ticket required.

North Devon’s largest food festival, featuring over 80 different stalls (including Johns of Instow of course) and with chefs presenting live cooking demonstrations. It’s notoriously popular and we’re delighted to be attending again. We’ll be bringing a wide range of the very best products, to help you discover the newest, most innovative, wonderfully nostalgic or simply most scrumptious goods there are! We’ll naturally have your favourites – plus some Christmas exclusives – from our Johns Deli and Johns Catering teams. So, whether you are gift-hunting early, or keen to ensure you host a Christmas full of festive delights, we look forward to seeing you there!

2.  Lyme Bay: Free Tastings

When & Where? Friday, 25th October, 11am – 3pm, Instow.
Extra Info:

We’re delighted to have Lyme Bay joining us to offer you free samples of their most premium of gins, wines and lugger rums…and share with us the stories and secrets that make them so unique. What’s more, is that there will be an event exclusive discount of 10% off, making it THE day to choose your favourites. Lyme Bay have carefully chosen products for this event that complement the Winter season, are ideal as Christmas gifts or to simply guaranteed to bring you festive cheer! Join us and enjoy discovering your new favourite tipple.

3.  Appledore Festive Shopping Evening

When & Where? Wednesday 13th November, 5 – 8pm, Appledore.
Extra Info:

Not to be missed: A wonderous evening event at our Appledore Deli and the perfect chance to experience all that defines us a Deli with a difference! Taste-trial our products, learn about the ingredients, brands and production methods that makes them so special and sample the home-made treats of our own Deli team. With so many award-winning products, alongside our award-winning café, this really is the ideal opportunity to find the perfect products for your friends, family, Christmas table, own wish list or perhaps to slip into the stocking of someone special.

Upcoming in December…

Look out for our upcoming blog taking you through the rest of our Christmas events at Johns, scheduled for December…but, for now, quickly open your diary and save the following dates:

4.  Festive Food & Gift Extravaganza

When & Where? Sunday 01st December, 10am – 4pm, Instow.
Extra Info:

This is a hugely popular Christmas event, bringing you the benefit of a vast range of locally sourced, hand-picked products from Devon together under one roof. There’s always so much to enjoy, including:

  • Free tastings on local cheeses, fish, gins, wines, our homemade produce and more
  • Bespoke festive cheeseboards, based on your sampling experience with Anthony, our resident World Cheese Awards judge
  • Expert support in planning your festive food and drink orders, to keep your Christmas preparations stress-free and guaranteed to impress
  • Inspiration galore for gifts, hampers and stocking fillers!

Note the date on your calendar now, and fire off a quick message to friends and family so that you can all share in what promises to be a special day together.

5.  North Devon Christmas Market

When & Where? Saturday 07th December, 12pm – 8pm, Braunton
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6.  Christmas Wreath Workshops

When & Where? Tuesday 03rd December, 6 – 8.30pm in Appledore; Thursday 05th December, 6 – 8.30pm in Instow and Tuesday 10th December, 6 – 8.30pm in Instow.
Extra Info:
Note: Tickets required (£35 each). Book now as selling fast! Limited availability.


7.  Big Sheep Christmas Farmers Market

When & Where? Saturday 14th December, 9am – 1pm and also Saturday 21st December, 9am – 1pm.
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As you can see there’s so much to look forward to! To stay abreast of everything, and to enjoy being the first to know of new products and special offers, sign up for our occasional e-newsletters. You’ll find the link at the bottom of our homepage, accessible by clicking here:

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