What's On in Exeter
Exeter's vibrant arts scene sets it firmly on the map as the cultural centre of the South West. For sheer diversity, it's hard to beat the year-round programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy, and entertainment with live events every day of the year.
For music lovers, the breathtaking acoustics of Exeter Cathedral and the Great Hall provide a dramatic setting for a year round programme of classical concerts. Live music is a regular feature in many of the city's venues including The Cavern Club, and Exeter's bars and clubs offer a vibrant nightlife scene.
For large scale festivals and concerts, check out Westpoint Exeter and Powderham Castle on the city outskirts, recently host to big names including Elton John and Radio 1's Big Weekend, plus the popular annual Let's Rock Exeter festival of 80s music, and Lockdown Festival, the south west's biggest dance music festival.
Catch a show at one of Exeter's theatres, with a diverse choice on offer from professional touring theatre, ballet, dance and opera at the Exeter Northcott, to independent and contemporary performances at the highly acclaimed Bike Shed Theatre.
Exeter Phoenix has live music, dance, theatre, film and visual art, or for top comedy nights, dance and pantomime, check out the Exeter Corn Exchange. Exeter Barnfield Theatre has a varied programme of community theatre, comedy, music, dance and family shows, or head to the Cygnet Theatre for intimate performances of new works.
Exeter's visitor attractions such as Powderham Castle, National Trust Killerton and Crealy host regular family events. For a slice of Devon life, visit the annual Devon County Show in May, where the county's food and farming is celebrated, attracting visitors from far and wide.
Foodies will love the annual Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink in the spring and Powderham Food Festival in the autumn, plus the city is host to regular street food markets and a weekly farmers market offering the best local produce throughout the seasons.
Perhaps owing to the amount of wide open space and fresh air here in Devon, Exeter is a very active city, passionate about its sport. Take part in parkruns and cycle sportives in the surrounding countryside and nearby Dartmoor National Park, or sit back and catch the action at the Exeter Chiefs rugby club or Exeter City football club, plus exciting horse racing fixtures at Exeter Racecourse.
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