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Following on from Max's recent blog - Welcome to the Heart of Devon Max

Hello Heart of Devon – it’s Max again.

As I promised you, here are some of my thoughts about the last and the following weeks in Exeter and the surrounding areas.

Exeter Quayside

The Inside Outside Craft Market

Last Sunday I spent at Exeter Quay. It was warm, sunny and just a beautiful day. Families and couples went out to enjoy the weather and the lovely crafts at the Quay.

Under the roof of the Transit Shad were so many things to see. There were stunning paintings from the local artist Gail Morris, wooden work from David and delicious fudge made by Hannah.  But the most amazing trader was Jane Moor, an impressive woman in her seventies who sold wool and woollen clothing on the market. But she does so much more than create woollen clothes. She made a tasty cake for me and Mary Tempest, who organizes The Craft Markets at the Quay, Jane cooks and bakes, she takes care of her grandchildren and is just stunning.

I wish I’ll be like her in my seventies! 

Inside Outside Craft Market

The Inside Outside Craft Market runs monthly in the Transit Shed on Exeter's Quayside.

Exeter CathedralExeter Cathedral

Our student ambassador Clara had a birthday the Tuesday two weeks ago. My birthday present for her was a visit to Exeter Cathedral. So we met the last rainy Tuesday at the Cathedral Green, to enter this Anglican cathedral which is formally known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter at Exeter.  We entered, started wandering and admiring the cathedral itself but especially the ceiling. The ceiling of Saint Peter Cathedral is the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in the whole of the world.

The memorable thing about this visit was the meaning of the name St Peter. When we went to the oldest part of the cathedral an old woman passed our way. She seemed to be one of these lovely elderly people who want to brief visitors of sights in general and particularly special facts about sights. Clara, the student ambassador, a Spanish girl asked the woman if she knows “this St Peter”? And the woman was shocked that somebody doesn’t know the Saint Peter and asked us, if we haven’t read the good bible. The thing is that in Spain the name Saint Peter is another one - it’s Petrus. So Clara wasn’t aware that Saint Peter is Petrus! After a historical brief with the woman we took a lot of pictures, a few selfies and we went back to our offices.

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2016

In less than two weeks the picturesque area around Powderham Castle will host some of the biggest musicians of our time. On the 28th and 29th May no other artists than Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Jess Glynne, Nick Jonas, Tom Odell, Sigma, Meghan Trainor, CHVRCHES, Fetty Wap, Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay, Iggy Azealia, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, The Weeknd and Years & Years will enter stage at the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend at Powderham Castle, near Exeter.

With a view to the Big Weekend, BBC Radio 1 organised the Radio 1 Academy at The Exeter Phoenix and offers a lot to see and experience for young people from and around Exeter - for a week of free creative career sessions, Live Lounges and radio broadcasts from 17th to 21st May. I recommend you visit the website ( to get your free tickets for the several events around TV & Film Workshops, Business Workshops, Music and Radio Workshops, Live Lounges, Q&A and Live Showcases.

I’ll be there every day, visiting some of the Q&A, workshops and showcases. In the next blog I’m going to tell you everything about my experiences at The BBC Radio 1 Academy.

P.S. – A reliable source told me that each day the next week in the Hangout sessions, at around 5.45pm BBC is going to give away a pair of tickets for The Radio 1 Big Weekend.  So get your free tickets for the Academy to go straight to the Big Weekend!

Radio 1 Big Weekend


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