The Everything Okehampton

Gala Weekend

22-24 October 2021

Friday 22 October
Gala Dinner Evening
7pm (for 7.30pm) - Okehampton College Sports Hall.

Prosecco on arrival, two course hot buffet followed by entertainment from one of Cornwall's finest -
singer and comedian Johnny Cowling.


Food provided by Oaktree Catering, bar by Okehampton Argyle Football Club. Tables of up to 10 available, tickets £35, contact Christine: 07881 802055, or visit Donalds Menswear on Fore St, Okehampton. Raising funds for the Okehampton Christmas Lights Appeal.


10pm Hammer falls (albeit softly) on the silent auction run by the Hatherleigh Pink Ladies. 

Go to: to view lots and to bid.


Money raised supporting the Chestnut Appeal, Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Pancreatic Cancer UK, The Farming Community Network, Okehampton Rugby Club, and the Okehampton Christmas Lights Appeal.



Saturday 23 October
Craft and Community Day
10am - 4pm: Rural Craft and Community Fayre - Okehampton College Sports Hall and Pavilion in the Park. 

Come and browse the wares of local artisans; see what talented, creative folk we have in the Okehampton neighbourhood. It’s the perfect opportunity for a spot of early, locally sourced Christmas shopping!


Plus, it’s mental health charities day. Come along, reconnect with local groups, find out what is going on in the local area.


7pm: A free evening of musical fun and entertainment in Okehampton College Sports Hall, featuring an eclectic array of local talents: 


  • Okehampton Community Orchestra

  • Mariners Away 

  • The Wreckords

  • TNT Blues Collective.


Sunday 24 October 
Active Okehampton Day
11am-5pm: Free activity 'taster' day for kids at Okehampton College Sports Hall and the Pavilion in the Park.

come and get a feel for:

  • West Devon Swords 

  • Tennis

  • Hockey

  • Football with Okehampton Argyle

  • Badminton,

  • All Stars Cricket

  • Zumba

  • Walking Football

  • Table Tennis


Come and have a go! There'll be loads going on, fun for all the family. MC for the day is Okehampton's very own Rob Pudner.

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Everything Okehampton - what we do


Okehampton’s Christmas lights display is envied throughout Devon and beyond, with visitors and locals alike experiencing the ‘wow factor’ as they approach the town centre from every direction!

This is no surprise considering there are over 100 real Christmas trees, each individually lit with strings of LED multicolour light bulbs, plus commercial LED cross-street and column-mount decorations throughout the town centre.

The Chamber of Trade originally started putting up the Christmas lights in 1968, in the Victorian Arcade in the centre of town.  In more recent years Donald Rooke and his team of volunteers helped hang the decorations until Donald retired in 2016.  We rely on the goodwill of volunteers to make the town look magnificent over the festive season and currently we have Steve Bolt, Louis Enderson and Mike Harding doing all the hard work, with a team of volunteers helping us to decorate the trees.

Funding is jointly provided by the donations from many of the town’s businesses, grants from Okehampton Town Council, Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council and Okehampton United Charities, plus kind donations from private residents and visitors and proceeds from the annual Christmas Lights Draw. All of whom are rightly very proud of the town’s festive decoration.

Let's make 'Everything Okehampton Christmas Lights' happen


On the first Thursday in December, Okehampton comes alive with festive cheer as the ever popular annual late-night shopping event takes place in the town centre.

The event is organised by Everything Okehampton, and as well as local businesses opening late to greet both their loyal and new customers, Edwardian Evening features the Mayor’s Carol Service accompanied by the Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band, Reindeer in Red Lion Yard, Santa often pays the Museum of Dartmoor Life a visit to meet local and visiting children, a Hog Roast by Martins butchers, Roasted Chestnuts and a huge Barrel Organ playing festive tunes.


The festival is now firmly on Okehampton’s calendar on the last Saturday of June.
Previous years festivals have brought a wide range of local food & drink producers and street food vendors to the town: Authentic Spanish cuisine from the Basque region, Pizzas freshly made and cooked in a wood-fired clay oven, local Gourmet burgers cooked fresh on a BBQ, Real Ale brewed on Dartmoor, Handmade chocolates made from Goat’s milk, Devon Cream Teas served by Okehampton’s Victorian Tea Room and so much more.

Music of many different genres have filled the air at venues across the town: Wren Music’s Roots A Capella singers, West Devon Folk Choir, Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band, Jazz duo “One Point Five” and Tinners Morris Dancers have all made appearances.