This year’s Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market will run from Friday 18 November, to Sunday 18 December. Organisers at the cathedral have confirmed the dates alongside details of other new developments.
Exeter Cathedral is to host more than a hundred of the now familiar festive chalets on Cathedral Green, making 2022 its biggest Christmas Market to date. The vast majority of chalets will accommodate West Country based businesses, bringing to the market a wide range of locally-produced gifts, food and drink products, from handcrafted Christmas decorations, to vodka made with Dartmoor spring water. The popular Global Street Food Village will return with flavours from around the world, including authentic French, Moroccan, Indian and Nepali dishes.
Exeter Cathedral has also confirmed two new bar operators for this year. Exeter-based cocktail venue, Dr Inks, will be setting up a special themed bar tent, while Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market’s main bar will be run by Exmouth-based brewery, Crossed Anchors. Crossed Anchors’ owner, the award-winning brewer and publican, Olly Bainbridge, plans to bring something unique to the event:
“As a local, independent brewery, we’re incredibly proud to be part of such an iconic Devon event.
“We’re going to create a new-look bar at this year’s Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, and bring along a new drinks menu to suit all tastes – including our own craft beers, made entirely in Exmouth. We’re even working on a special ‘Cathedral Beer,’ and will be donating a pound to Exeter Cathedral for every bottle sold.”
2022’s Market will also see the introduction of more live entertainment on the Green, with a full schedule of local musicians and entertainers, as well as traditional seasonal singing from the Exeter Cathedral Choir.
Throughout the month-long event, Exeter Cathedral itself – an internationally-significant landmark dating back to 1050AD – will be extending its welcome by opening its doors to all sightseers, free of charge. As The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter, explains:
“Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market is one of the great highlights of our year. It is a privilege to be able to welcome so many visitors from across Devon and beyond.
“I encourage everyone to step inside and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of this ancient building for themselves, and for a really festive experience, soak up the choral music at one of our many services.”
The 2022 Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market runs from Friday 18 November, to Sunday 18 December on Cathedral Green, Exeter. Opening times are 10am-7pm Monday-Wednesday, 10am-9pm Thursday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sundays. More information about Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market and services at Exeter Cathedral can be found on the cathedral’s website: www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk