What’s On in Exeter

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What’s on in Exeter

~Things To See and Do, Activities, Where to Eat, Where to Stay in Exeter~

Whether you’re looking for things to do in Exeter such as events and attractions or are planning where to stay in Exeter, you’ll find everything you need for your Exeter holiday on What's On In Exeter.com.

Attractions and Places to Visit in Exeter

Attractions and Places to Visit in Exeter

Exeter is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. Head into Cathedral Green and discover a wonderful ring of charming historic buildings, which today house a diverse variety of art galleries, book shops, antique stores and pubs which appear to have been frozen in time. The area has in the large part remained practically unchanged in over a century.

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Places to stay in Exeter

Places to Stay in Exeter

If you are looking for a luxury break, Exeter has a great selection of top quality hotels, or if you prefer to stay somewhere smaller and more intimate, there are plenty of conveniently located B&Bs and Guest houses to choose from.

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Sports and Activities

Sports and Activities

Exeter is location on the River Exe, surrounded by countryside and close to the coast, lends itself perfectly to outdoor activities, such as walking, cycling and watersports. There is also plenty to do out of season, with the south west's largest indoor climbing wall just one of many indoor activities in the city.

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~Food and Drinks in Exeter~

Exeter is enjoying a food and drink revolution with more and more great eating establishments and international menus. It has been voted one of the top places to eat out in the UK, by Which Good Food Guide. There are cafes and tea shops in charming historic buildings, restaurants and bistros with great views and independent restaurants serving top quality Devon produce. Head to Princesshay or Queen St Dining for plenty of choice of eateries serving international cuisines.

Food and Drinks in Exeter

Food and Drinks

From fine dining and afternoon tea to pop-up markets and humble street food, Exeter is packed with options to suit any mood offering any and every cuisine you can think of.

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Harry's Restaurant
Harry's Restaurant

Rated as one of the best restaurants in Exeter on TripAdvisor, Harry’s has established itself to become the go-to dining den on the neighbourhood food scene.

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Queen St Dining
Queen St Dining

Queen St Dining is the perfect location for Exeter’s food-loving residents and city visitors to sample the finest fare from local food heroes and unique cuisines.
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@Angela’s Restaurant
@Angela’s Restaurant

Our restaurant is little off the beaten track in the west quarter of the city but offers quality dining in Exeter. The Fish and Seafood we use come from day boat landed.
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Comptoir Libanais
Comptoir Libanais

Comptoir Libanais serves up healthy and honest Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine in a friendly and colourful canteen. From fresh salads and hearty tagines..
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~Shopping, Health & Wellbeing in Exeter~

Make sure to discover Exeter’s diverse neighbourhoods, from tranquil suburbs to central areas full of shopping, entertainment and dining options. 

Shopping & Fashion in Exeter

Shopping & Fashion in Exeter

Exeter has independent shops dotted throughout the city, though there are some streets with more shops than others. There are also a number of specialist shops, including jewellers, art galleries, toy stores, antiques dealers and seaside gift shops, as well as countless boutiques.

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Health and Wellbeing in Exeter

Health & Wellbeing in Exeter

Unwind in luxurious treatment rooms in a choice of beautiful and professional salons around Exeter. Manicures, Pedicures, Facials, Waxing, Consultations, Massages and more are offered in Exeter’s best beauty salons.

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Veterans In Need C.I.C
Veterans In Need C.I.C

We provide Help and Info for Veterans, Service Personnel and their Families including members of the community.

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Cavanna Homes
Cavanna Homes

Established in 1923 Cavanna Homes is a family business, building elegant homes for nearly a century. Now the largest independent house builder based in the South West,

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~Latest Exeter Lifestyle & Culture News~

Exeter’s ‘Leading Edge’ speaker series returns with Mary Portas and John Amaechi part of stellar line up

The University of Exeter Business School’s MBA community is set to continue its successful speaker series after announcing its exciting autumn line up. The Leading Edge speaker series sees world-renowned leaders and entrepreneurs come together with students, faculty and alumni, chief executives and senior leaders to discuss the most pressing global challenges facing business, and through their ideas they challenge us to reflect upon how business can shape a better and more sustainable world. This autumn’s series features influential business people, leading arts figures, authors and journalists, each displaying a unique and provocative approach to leadership within their particular field. They include high profile businesswoman Mary Portas, writer and broadcaster Mary-Ann Sieghart and Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England. John Amaechi OBE returns to Leading Edge for this second series, following a sold-out session in 2020. Each speaker has recently written books on significant topics of interest to the Business School’s MBA community: the role of kindness in society and business; the importance of creativity and innovation; the continuing challenges of gender inequalities and developing leadership potential wherever it exists. Based within the Exeter Centre for Leadership at the University of Exeter Business School, The Exeter MBA has been recognised as one of the leading MBA programmes in the world. The programme seeks to prepare managers from around the world for the responsibility of leadership and provides the space and opportunity to engage with the cutting edge research that informs decisions, which bring social and environmental progress. Jackie Bagnall, Director of the Exeter MBA, said: “As an MBA focused on sustainability, innovation and responsible leadership we are committed to hosting events that bring high quality speakers with a fresh perspective to the most pressing challenges facing business. “The Leading Edge programme has been designed to spark debate, fuel the imagination and generate conversations among a vibrant leadership learning community. “An MBA provides leaders with the opportunity to hear directly from a range of voices on issues that are pivotal in leading responsible business. We encourage anyone who has an interest in big ideas and new perspectives to join us for the series. You can ask questions of our speakers and join us afterwards for optional lively breakout sessions, where you can discuss and debate the issues raised by the speakers.” In the first event in the new series on 27 September,…


Kane looks the value bet in chase for Premier League Golden Boot

THE summer of fevered transfer activity in the English soccer Premier League has seen several ‘new’ faces emerge in the betting for top goalscorer in season 2021/22. Those players include some very familiar with the English top flight, with legend of the game Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United seeing him installed as third favorite to claim a second Premier League golden boot – he last took the prize in 2008! He may be 36, which in soccer terms is virtually a retiree, but the gambling firms have the Portugal international as short as 9/2 (450) to come out on top of the goalscoring charts, despite many believing he won’t be playing every game for Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side. His reputation, however, for being in the right place at the right time, have seen him installed ahead of England’s top striker, Harry Kane, reports theexeterdaily.co.uk. The news that Ronaldo has usurped Kane, the current holder of the top scorer prize, is seen by many as more an indication of Tottenham Hotspur not spending big in the summer, and the fact that Kane seemed certain to leave the London club where he has spent all of his career. The three-time golden boot winner was believed to be heading to Manchester City in a $175million transfer, but the move never came off and Kane remains at Spurs. But Kane just loves scoring goals and he is still only 28, and at a price of 7/1 (700) he offers good value to retain the trophy. But the favorite to win a first golden boot is Romelu Lukaku, seen as the final piece in the Chelsea jigsaw that will see them challenging again for the Premier League title they last won in 2017. The Belgium international didn’t come cheap – the Blues spending $135million on a player they sold for $38million seven years ago – but the sportsbooks are convinced he’ll be a goal machine back at Stamford Bridge, installing him as short as 11/4 (275) to finish top of the scoring charts. Lukaku has always scored in English football with a return of 114 goals in 254 Premier League games for West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Manchester United, with his best return the 25 Premier League goals he registered in season 2016/17 for Everton. He’s clearly expected to improve on those figures with the quality of creative…


Topsham’s latest business makes a splash!

One of the most active community organisations in the west country has made a splash by securing its 100th business supporter – a new watersports company. Shaka Watersports has signed up to Love Topsham, the high profile community interest company that acts as a cheerleader for the East Devon estuary town. Love Topsham already has scores of independent local firms as business supporters, ranging from food shops and fitness professionals to artisan craftspeople and even estate agents and holiday let owners, all based in and operating from Topsham. Recruiting Shaka to the fold took the numbers of local businesses over the 100 mark. “Topsham is small but packed with entrepreneurs, start ups, shops and creatives that have mostly thrived despite the pandemic – indeed, they’ve helped the local economy  emerge healthier and more lively than before” explains Paul Berman, a director of non-profit Love Topsham, which promotes the town as a destination. Shaka Watersports, based in the town since its creation last year, runs paddle board hire, guided tours, lessons and windsurfing tuition. “If you don’t know the tides in Topsham, it can be a bit daunting taking your board out. That’s where we come in. We want to help people be confident and safe exploring the estuary” explains James Muggridge, who runs the firm with his partner Emma Forrester. They’re both in their 20s and already live in Topsham. They selected the town as a business base too because it’s got such an active community, because the estuary is well managed and not overused making it a perfect location especially for beginners to paddle boarding, and because the town is more accessible than traditional water sport destinations on the south Devon coast. “The estuary and canal pair up to make the perfect loop for a paddle board adventure. We time our sessions with the tide, so you can ride the estuary out to Turf and then hop back on the canal for a glassy paddle to Topsham” James continues. Love Topsham is building on its strong business support by running a networking event for local companies and staff in late September, and a Local Business Fair on October 3 in the town’s Matthew’s Hall, where over 20 producers, artisans and retailers will be on display. Business supporters donate to help fund a string of events and activities putting the…


Diabetes UK looking for people in Devon to saddle up for autumn cycling challenge

People from Devon can get on their bike and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this autumn by taking part in a cycling challenge. The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout September and is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear while raising money for diabetes research along the way. Challengers can pick from one of four virtual distances, ranging from 150 miles for beginners through to 950 miles for more experienced cyclists, and they have the entire month to clock up the mileage. The aim is to challenge yourself – at your own pace – and pedal towards a stronger, healthier you. Phaedra Perry, Regional Head Diabetes UK South West said: “Cycling is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. Autumn is on the way and, with the slightly cooler weather arriving soon, this challenge comes at the perfect time for anyone looking to saddle up and give it a try. “Demand for our services has reached unprecedented levels across the past 18 months or so and we need your support to be able to continue fighting for people living with the condition. So please sign up and get pedalling – your support can change lives.” You can cycle the miles however you wish over the 30 days of September, by embracing the outdoors, staying home and using an exercise bike or a mix of the two. There are four ‘coast to coast’ distances to choose from:  Route 1: 150 miles, the equivalent of Seascale to Whitby Route 2: 220 miles, Margate to Weston-Super-Mare Route 3: 500 miles, Scottish North Coast route Route 4: 950 miles, Land’s End to John O’Groats
Those taking part will get their own fundraising profile page and can join a Facebook group where event ambassadors and challengers discuss their progress and share tips. There are fundraising incentives, with anyone raising £50 or more receiving a medal. Diabetes UK-branded cycling caps and jerseys will go to anyone raising £150 and £300 respectively. There are an estimated 4.9 million people living in the UK with diabetes − a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed carefully, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including sight…


Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is back

The Muddy Dog Challenge is back in Exeter for more mud, sweat and cheers helping to raise money for the dogs and cats at Battersea.  Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is one of the UK’s biggest obstacle courses you can take part in with your dog. The aim of the challenge is simply to have fun while raising money for Battersea. Participants can enter solo, in a team with the kids, with or without a dog, and there is a distance of 2.5km or 5km to choose from. All registered participants will receive a Muddy Dog Challenge t-shirt and dog bandana to take part in, and a medal and rosette for crossing the finish line. Event details: The Muddy Dog Challenge Exeter Date: Saturday 30 October 2021 Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm Location: Escot House, Devon, EX11 1LU Cost: £35 – £55 Jasmine Monk, Senior Challenge Events Officer at Battersea, commented: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to one of Battersea’s biggest fundraising events. Last year was tough for everyone, but we’re so happy and grateful to see that so many supporters have stuck with us. “All the money raised goes back into the care of the dogs and cats in the UK and beyond. There are limited places left, so please do register if you’re interested in taking part. We can’t wait to see everyone tackle our obstacle course again!” Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is proudly supported by Seresto Flea and Tick Control collar. Registration for places close on Sunday 10 October. If taking part isn’t your thing, Battersea is always looking for volunteers for the event, for more details and how to register for the Muddy Dog Challenge, visit https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/   The Exeter Daily …


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Full of character and ancient history, Exeter is still able to offer all the amenities and comforts that would be expected of a modern day city. Exeter is the capital city of Devon and provides the county with a central base for education, medicine, religion, commerce and culture. The city is also home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, which dates back to Norman times.

There is a great mix of modern shops, bars and restaurants mixed with independent, quirky boutiques and cafes creating a vibrant and bustling atmosphere in Exeter city centre. Attractions such as Exeter Cathedral, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the Exeter Phoenix supply visitors with plenty to see and do. Exeter has an extensive range of things to do with a selection of places to eat and drinkadventures and activitiesplan your stay and visit to Exeter.