The Cathedral’s Christmas Market is cancelled this year, but festive fans can still get their shopping fix and help independent traders at the same time.

Exeter department store John Lewis has launched its indoor Christmas market.

The event will take place during store opening hours, 7 days a week from Wednesday, December 2 until Tuesday, December 22.

John Lewis will be allowing the traders to use the third floor of the shop, and nine independent businesses will be taking part.


The market is being held in partnership with the Great British Exchange who help support smaller British brands.

A spokesperson for John Lewis said: “It really is to support local businesses that have had a really difficult year.”

Quirky gastro pub Odd Fellows will be in attendance selling their mulled syrup which can be used in cider, red wine and even as an accompaniment to puddings.

Faye Williams from Oddfellows hopes that people will come out to show support for their local traders.

Speaking about the event, she said: “It’s John Lewis reaching out into the community, it brings a touch of life to John Lewis and to the Christmas period.

“It’s important to shop locally. We should support our independent traders – without them, the high street would be very generic.”


As well as Oddfellow’s syrups, customers can purchase homeware from Pygmalion & Funk and Esme Cooper, as well as jewellery from Mantis and Monty’s Beads.

Bunyip Craft, Woohoo Arts, Alara Apothecary, and Creative South West will also be attending the event. Cornish brand Floreat will be also be attending to showcase their low-alcohol sparkling wine.

Some of the traders will only be attending the market for a limited time, but purchases can also be made directly from them online.

John Lewis, Sidwell Street, Exeter is currently open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 am-7 pm. Thursday opening times are 9 am-8 pm and Sunday opening hours are 11 am-5 pm.





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