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Exeter is unrivalled in the region for the choice of things to do, whatever the weather, night or day.

  1. Win a Winter Break in Exeter
    We’ve teamed up with Exeter Self Catering to give one lucky winner the chance to enjoy a staycation for up to four people. You could be spending two nights in a spacious, well-equipped apartment in a very quiet area of central Exeter.
  2. Visit Topsham
    The quaint historic estuary port of Topsham, just 4 miles from Exeter, has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an eclectic cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants, plus wonderful sunsets above the estuary. Once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, Topsham still retains a strong maritime flavour.
  3. Christmas in Exeter
    Visit Exeter this Christmas for the wonderfully atmospheric Christmas Market on Cathedral Green, and some fantastic festive events, including mesmerising street theatre, panto fun and candlelit carol concerts in the Cathedral.
  4. Exeter Food & Drink Trail
    The Exeter Food & Drink Trail celebrates the fantastic local producers in and around Exeter.
  5. Activities in Exeter
    If you are looking for an activity break, Exeter is the perfect destination. Its 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.
  6. History & Heritage in Exeter
    From the soaring towers of Exeter Cathedral to the depths of Exeter's Underground Passages, Exeter has 2,000 years of history crammed into the compact city centre.
  7. Culture in Exeter
    Exeter has a rich cultural heritage. Its long history has led to a strong identity as a small city with lots of character.

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Exeter's vibrant arts scene sets it firmly on the map as the cultural centre of the South West.

  1. A new Christmas Family Experience takes place in Princesshay this year when a famous visitor, Santa Claus himself, visits the children (and Mums and Dads) helping to raise funds for Cancer Charity Force. Join us for an Arctic Adventure in Princesshay this December including a picture opportunity in Santa’s Sleigh and the chance to make and take a snow globe Christmas decoration.
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  2. Music, Theatre, Dance, Comedy & Entertainment all year round

  3. What's happening in and around Exeter
    Find out what's on Exeter and explore the best Exeter events. It's hard to beat the year-round programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy, and entertainment with live events every day of the year.
  4. Family Events in Exeter
    There's plenty going on for all the family and activities for children of all ages in Exeter.
  5. Welcome to Exeter Racecourse & Conference Centre ... the South West's most prestigious racecourse, sitting high on the top of Haldon Hill, just outside Exeter with wonderful views down towards Dartmoor.
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  6. We welcome back one of Ministry of Sound's resident DJs Matt May who is now a regular feature at the Sandy Park club nights with a proven track record of getting the dance floor jumping. Matt will be joined on the decks by DJ Tim Cullen one of London's fully established DJ and Producers on the electronic music scene.
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  7. Festivals in Exeter
    A vibrant calendar of year round festivals make Exeter a cultural hub for the south west. The city's food and drink festivals celebrate the very best of local produce from Devon, with the annual Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink a real highlight in the calendar. The annual Exeter Craft Festival on Cathedral Green sees the region's best artists and makers come together to show off their work. Find out more about festivals in Exeter...
  8. Join us on Sunday 18 November from 11am – 5pm for the annual Exeter Christmas lights switch on event on Exeter’s High Street  Hosted by InExeter and Radio Exe favourites Ashley Jeary and Ben Clark, the popular ceremony will officially mark the countdown to Christmas. This year the city will be illuminated with the biggest display of Christmas lights Exeter has ever seen.
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