A new competition has been launched to line Barnstaple Pannier Market with decorations this Christmas.

The pannier market is holding a decorate a wreath competition, and schools, businesses and community groups are being encouraged to get involved.

Once the competition closes on November 2, all entries will be displayed in the Grade I-listed building as part of this year’s decorations with a plaque under each to saw who has designed it.

The competition, which has a Victorian Christmas theme, is free to enter, with 2m wreaths and a set of 20m lights supplied.

Judging to find the best wreath takes place on Sunday, November 19 at North Devon Hospice Christmas art, craft and food fair. All entries will be named in a printed leaflet give out to the public in the market.

Barnstaple Town Centre Manager, Hannah Harrington, said: “We are very excited to be launching this brand new competition to help us decorate Barnstaple Pannier Market this Christmas.

“We can’t wait to see the finished wreaths after they have been given the creative treatment. I am sure they will make the market look wonderfully festive and attract many more visitors to the market over the Christmas period.”

For more information or to request an entry form, email panniermarket@northdevon.gov.uk or visit North Devon Council’s website.