Events & Celebrations

Christmas Markets (03rd Dec - 21st Dec)

Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th & Wednesday 21st December
9am - 1pm

Free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at the South West’s BIGGEST indoor Farmers’ Markets.  The markets will be held at the BIG Sheep in Bideford on Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and Wednesday 21st December 2016.

So why not forget the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and enjoy the social buzz of a fantastic traditional country farmer’s market and stock up on some last minute Christmas presents in the BIG Sheep’s Sheepy Shop which is an Alladin’s Cave full of unique and quirky gifts. 

NEW FOR THIS YEAR will be our 'Taste of Christmas' event which will take place at our first market on Saturday 3rd December. This will be a perfect opportunity to watch some great chefs in action and pick up some tasty festive cooking tips to create the finest Christmas cuisine. The mobile kitchen stage is being provided by our friends at Ashgrove Kitchens Crediton. Interactive, fun and some great tasting opportunities too!



Email if you are interested in becoming a stallholder.


With Lambland and The BIG Sheep. Click here to find out more and to enter!

Food Stallholders Booked for 2016:

Absolute Desserts  - Desserts

Anglo Indian Chef Curry Packs

Baked Gluten Free - Gluten Free Mince Pies, Christmas cupcakes, brownies, apple and almond cake, honey cake, florentines, cheese and onion loaf

Big Pot Kitchen - Serving you delicious potatoes cooked in scrumpy cider and local sausages from their Giant Cauldron Pot.

Brendon Hill Crafts produce home-made quality preserves in their kitchen in Barnstaple. Gold award, silver sward and high commended winners for Taste of the West Awards in 2015.

Broomfield and Baverstock - Mini Novelty Cakes, Mini Mushroom Cookies/Meringues, selection of gingerbread biscuits, mini donuts, macaroons, rice crispy cake pops, mini tarts

Bulldog Fish Farm responsibly farm fish on their Fish Farm near Barnstaple, producing fresh trout.

Cafe Brazil - Brazilian Churos, Brazilian Bean Siup, Brazilian soft drinks.

Copper Hill Chocolates - Handmade luxury bespoke belgian chocolates and cakes.

Cornish Crepes - sweet and savoury crepes.

Coombe Farm Charcuterie Salamis, Ham and Chorizo

Cracking Nuts - A family run business set up in Ilfracombe selling a traditional range of sweet cinnamon, salty and chilli roasted, peanuts, cashews and almonds, all with our own, unique, modern twist.

Curworthy Cheese is a handmade speciality cheese made on the farm near Okehampton. The only milk used is the milk produced by the cows kept on the farm. Try before you buy!!

Dan the Fish Man - local fisherman, Dan, will be here providing fresh, local fish of the finest quality.

Devon Caterers - Homeade Indian and Chinese, different types of curry served with fried rice, sammoas, spring rolls and onion bhaji

Devon Food Co - Burgers, sausages, bacon rolls, pulled pork. Locally sourced from local butchers. Pre-made curries ready for reheating at home.

David Hartnoll - Suppling you with your Christmas Veg - sprouts, carrot, parsnip, leek, cauli, cabbage swede, potatoes, kale

Evergreen Farm - Devon Beef, Lamb, Free Range Tamworth Pork, Free Range Turkey and Free Range Chicken. Bacon, Sausages, Rose Veal.

Farmhouse Pies and Pasties - Pies & Pasties

From Harry offering delicious fudge and chocolate treats.

Hancocks Devon Cider - Mulled Cider Kits, Apple Jucie and legendary Devon Cider!

Hannies Cupcakes - Will be selling Cupcakes in a mixture of flavours and themes including Christmas cakes!

Hayley Hopkins - Handmade Wreaths and Decorations

Herby4 A small family business providing home grown specialist produce will be selling delicious fresh apple juice.

Hornbrook Kitchen - home-made sauces, salts, bread and pies. Brisket and pulled mushroom toasties and brioche rolls

Hudnotts Liqueurs are handmade in small batches with the simpliest natural ingredients. Hudnotts Greed - Coffee. Hudnotts Pride - Blackberry. Hudnotts Wrath - Grapefruit.

India in a Jar - pickles, chutney, masala powders, indian snacks

John's Deli and Grocers - UK Retailer of the Year 2015 and South West Regional Champion for Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2015.

LJ's Pantry - Pastys & Sausage rolls

Louise's Larder Nestled in a tiny hamlet in the heart of the beautiful rolling Devonshire countryside - Louise's Larder produces a range of delicious handmade baked goods, cakes, chutneys, jams and hampers. Using traditional methods and the very best of the fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients that Devon has to offer, we lovingly prepare small batches of our products that are available from local farmers markets and food festivals across the County.

Love to Taste - Flavoured Vinegars, Hastings original lemon ketchup, Hogs bottom preserves - chutneys, curds, jams, sauces mayonnaise and mustard

Miss Feas Market - Chutneys, jams and pickles, savoury asties, artisan breads, biscuits, traybakes, vegan and raw bakes.

Orchard Plants will help to get you in the Christmassy mood with their Christmas decorations, holly wreaths, Christmas bulbs in planters and dried table arrangements.

Out Over Catering brings us Christmas Cakes, and yule logs for a festive treat.

Privateer Jerky - Beef Jerky and Venison Jerky.

Roly's Fudge Pantry originates from Devon, using fresh natural ingredients to make delicious crumbly fudge.

Shute Fruit and Produce offer award winning james, jellies and pickles all grown on their family run farm in Teignmouth, Devon.

Simple Herbs and Spices  Unique blends of herbs and spices.

Swannacott Manor Meats - Beef, Lamb, Mutton, and Game products

Tennacott Farm Dairy - Various flavours of local ice cream

The Little Pantry delicious home baked products, treat yourself to tray bakes, scones, or cakes.

The Instow Kitchen - Christmas cakes, puds, biscuits, cupcakes, pies etc - all gluten free, some dairy free.

Westcountry Meringues delicious hand piped meringues; from nests to pavlovas. All are free from artifical colourings and preservatives.

Yetland Farm based on the hills above Combe Martin produce high quality pork sausages, gammon joints, ham, pork joints, bacon and black pudding from free range pigs.

Craft and Gift Stallholders Booked for 2016:

Amanda Clatworthy - Illustration. Paintings, cards, decorations

Anna Woodcock Illustration - Prints, Cards, Gift Wrap and Personalised Illustration

ArinnaGlass - Fused Glass

Art Innes - under framed local landscape photographs, watercolour paintings, greeting cards, xmas cards, everything painted or photographed by Matt Innes

Barton Farm Dairy - scarves, jewellery, bags and xmas goodies and handmade cards

Brian Langley - wood-turning & mosaics

Boundstone Books - Local books written by Pamela Vass

CherOceanSkyes - Home décor made from recycled wood and surf jewellery

Clarke Heafield Ltd, T/As Octopus Events - Chocolate Kisses, Gingerbread Hearts, Chocolate Waffle Cookies, Muffins, Homemade Xmas Crafts

Coastal Creations - Woodcraft

Cornish Crafty Made - handcut glass mosaic on slate bases

Cornish Driftwood Company - driftwood crafts

Colourfusion - Small stained glass art items, stained glass wall art

Craft For You - Handmade hair accessories, postcards, magnets, book folding art, Christmas decorations and Santa Clau with sweets

Crafty Pear Parties - Christmas decorations

Crochet - Crochet Beach Beanies and Beanie Bobble Hats, Crochet Cushions

Croyde Sea Glass - Sea Glass Jewellery handmade in Croyde with sterling silver and glass found on crodye and surrounding local beaches.

Crystal ClarkeMixed Media Jerellery, Textile Jewellery, Silver, Niobium, Copper, aluminium jewellery, chainmaille jewellery, bead and gemstone jewellery. Art prints and decorative.

Diane Pearce - Dog Bandanas and Bunting

Exmoor Gifts and Interiors - Christmas decorations & small gifts, xmas stockings and key rings, tea light holders

Country Rustics - Cheeseboards

Fairy Door Co - Fairy Door Packages - with fairy door, fairy key and fairy letter.

Glass Beads by Lotti - Glass bead jewelery, mini glass paperweights

Halsbury Barton - Halsbury Barton woollen product and knitted items. Throws, cushions, scarfs, knee rugs, knitted hats, scarfes, brooches, children's coats, cushions, headbands

Handsome Hound Bandanas - Dog bandanas and collars

Hayley Hopkins - Handmade Wreathes and Christmas decorations

Hogwash Soap - Soap, cream, bath bombs, shower gels

Jane Trotman Fused Glass - Hand crafted Kiln Fused Glass Items

Jatzi Wood - Wood Crafts

Juliet Green - Animal Photos - Greeting Cards raising money for ND Animal Ambulance

Karen Scott - Handknitted shawls, shrugs, neckscarves, necklaces, knitted wire, crocheted laptop,ipad covers, bowls etc

Letterbox Books - Books set in Devon by local author Liz Shakespeare

Longtide Clothingglowing jewellery, Christmas decs, Handmade soap, personalised clothing, sewn crafts, bunting, wooden fairy doors

Love Art Designs - personalised decorations and gifts, photo logs, woodcraft, Christmas signs.Pendant wine charms and necklaces, gift boxes and decorative bottles and tealights

Mango Beads - Glass Beads and Jewellery

Micheal Silks - Hand Painted Silk Scarves and Ties

Messages with Love - Personalised Photo Frames

Moon Hare Studio - mosaic mirrors, affirmation mirrors, gemstones, handmade jewellery, mosaic christmas trees

My Ivy House - Handmade Beaded Jewellery, Cross Stitch Kits, Handmade Cards and Gift Bags

Natural Affinity India Trading - Rugs, bags, incense, scented candles etc

Nan's Old Sewing Machine - Handmade Fabric Items - Cushions, Christmas bunting, Christmas decorations. Tea cosies, notice boards

Natalie Alice Illustrations - Art prints and greeting cards

Natures Jewellery - Sterling Silver Jewellery

Paint N Stick - Wooden Bunting and kits to make your own. Wooden Castle and Fairy door kits

Pauline's Bags & Bits - Hessian Shopping Bags, gift boxes

Pure Felting - Christmas decorations/magnets and other decorative items by needle felting.

Rise and Shine Living - Cable and Cotton Fairy Lights, Recyled Aluminium Gifts, gift sets, Money pots, candel and read diffusers, soap

Sally Parsons -  Traditional stained glass and polymer clay gifts

Sandra Fry - Woodcraft, Cake Boards, Cheese Boards, Bird Boxes, Jewellery

Sarah Cox - paper mache/ fimo artist

Sidney Victor Art - Handmade Jewellery, handmade animal figurines and scultptures, paperback novels written from Madeline Dyer

Simply Scented - oil burners, wax melts salted sizzler, candles, giftboxes and baskets

Sophie's Stones - Stone Pictures, coasters with quotes

Spry Designs - Handmade Polymer Clay Jewellery

Sue Barritt Designs - Home décor and seasonal items, stained glass, driftwood, candles,

Shirley Kennedy - Shabby Chic items, jewellery, button items, Christmas Baubles, Lamps

Tez Illustrator - Tez's own illustartions as mounted prints, mounted originals, on homewares, cards and handbag mirrors

The Candyland Company - sweet treats, sweet cones, sweet bouquets, sweet jars, sweet wreaths, gift boxes,

The Crafty Wee Lady - Shabby Chic items, jewellery, button items, Christmas Baubles, Lamps

The Silk Flower Garden - silk flower gifts and Christmas decorations

Thimble Cottage Crafts - selection of textile items such as cushions and bags, Christmas novelty buttons

Tumbled Treasure - Handcrafted Sea Glass Jewellery and suncatchers and other items using beach found materials

Twizzle Tweed - Harris Tweed/Linen and Cotton Handmade Gifts - doorstops, tote bags, mobile cases. Hand knitted chunky scarves

Verlis Crafts - Horseshoe decorations, tree of life decorations and pendants, crochet Christmas Decorations, crochet and felt brooches, crochet baby boots

Christmas Markets


North Devon Attractions
What they say

I haven't experienced the "nothing is too much trouble" from staff this much outside of Disneyworld. Trip Advisor Review

Age 8-57 had a fab time! One of the best theme parks we have ever been to - Loads to do! Lots of fun animals shows - made us laugh!

We had a fantastic action filled day at The BIG Sheep and saw some very bizarre things, from cool mountain boarding to racing sheep! - BBC Blue Peter

A lot more fun than Ascot - Michael Burke BBC National News

The BIG Sheep is the best all weather family adventure park in the area - Time Out