Easter holidays may just be starting, but for event organisers at Exeter Cathedral, planning for Christmas is already underway, as they prepare to invite applications from traders for this year’s Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market.
Following the cancellation of last year’s Market due to lockdown restrictions, Administrator Catherine Escott says she is determined to make 2021 the best Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market yet:
“When the government announced a second lockdown in England at the end of October last year, the whole team here, our traders and regular visitors, were all naturally disappointed that the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market couldn’t go ahead, despite the many special measures we’d put in place to be Covid compliant.”
While acknowledging a long and uncertain road to recovery for the city– and the need for continual monitoring of coronavirus developments between now and November – Catherine and her team are optimistic that 2021 can be a truly memorable Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market year, for the people of Devon and for local traders:
“We’re inviting applications from all interested traders from Tuesday 6 April, and we’re particularly keen to hear from small, local and independent traders and craftspeople who offer truly unique gifts for Christmas.”
Exeter Cathedral has been managing and hosting the Christmas Market on its Cathedral Green since 2017, and the event has become increasingly popular. 2019 saw an estimated 600,000 visitors to the Market, enjoying the familiar lanes of festive chalets offering global street food, traditional treats and drinks, alongside traders selling gifts, decorations and wrappings – all accompanied by a schedule of live entertainment.