If you're looking for something a little different to treat your loved one this Valentine's Day, look no further... rather than a traditional present why not treat them to a memorable experience you can do together and that they may not otherwise have tried? Exeter has much to offer when it comes to experiential gifts, with a huge range of activities to suit all tastes and ages - here are our top 16...

 

1. Get out on the water 

A canoe or kayak made for two, or a peaceful paddleboard to the pub - purchase a voucher or experience from one of the outdoor activities centres on Exeter Quayside, such as Haven Banks, AS Watersports or Saddles & Paddles.

Kayaking on Exeter Quayside

2. On your bike

Hire a tandem bicycle from Saddles & Paddles, to explore the flat cycle paths through Exeter's beautiful Riverside Valley Park

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3. Aim high

The perfect first date ice-breaker, take your beau to the Quay Climbing Centre to have a go at scaling the south west's largest indoor climbing wall.

4. Shop 'til you drop

Spend the day shopping in Exeter and find the perfect, unique gift for each other - start the day by exchanging a gift card for Princesshay, or explore Exeter's fantastic independents with the InExeter indie gift card, valid for use at over 50 indie boutiques, artisan producers, lifestyle and homeware shops, jewellers, makers and crafters.

Shopping in Exeter, McCoy's Arcade

5. Cook up a storm

The Exeter Cookery School offer a wide range of culinary courses - learn how to create fancy French desserts or make your own chocolate together!

6. One for cheese lovers

Take a tour of Quickes, for a unique behind the scenes experience day where you can see first hand how this world-class cheese is crafted!

Quickes Cheese Tour

7. Become a wine connoisseur

Book your loved one onto a wine course at Kenton Park Estate, where they’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings.

8. Experience the thrill of the race

Enjoy a day out at Exeter Racecourse in style, and dine in the Desert Orchid Restaurant, which offers breathtaking views over the racecourse.

Exeter Racecourse

9. Experience match day excitement

If rugby or football are more your thing, Exeter is the perfect place to be! Cheer on your team together at an Exeter Chiefs or Exeter City FC home game.

10. Drive each other round the bend...

...literally, at Land Rover Experience West Country! This exciting driving experience covers 35 acres of challenging off-road course - no back seat driving please!

11. Hire a classic sports car

Impress your loved one by pulling up in a vintage Morgan sports car, rented from Berrybrook Motors to explore Devon in style. 

Classic car hire at Berrybrook Motors

12. Take a champagne balloon ride

What could be more romantic than a peaceful flight in a hot air balloon, with 360 degrees of the beautiful Devon countryside to admire. Aerosaurus Balloons offer flights near Exeter.

13. Adopt a donkey

If your loved one is an animal lover, this could be the perfect gift. Adopt one of the friendly donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth, then take a trip together to go and visit him or her at the Sanctuary, which is nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside. 

14. Relax and unwind

Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment and lunch or afternoon tea with fizz together at the Exeter Golf & Country Club, or Hotel Du Vin.

Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf & Country Club

15. One for music lovers

Treat your other half to a pair of festival tickets - whatever their taste there is plenty to choose from in Exeter, including the Exeter Festival on 3 - 5 July which should not be missed! Search for more upcoming festivals in Exeter.

 

16. Get a birds-eye view of Exeter

Something a little different for a first date - or a spectacular proposal?! Take a roof tour of Exeter Cathedral, a very special tour which takes you into the roof void high above the Nave, through the spaces in the north tower and onto the roof to enjoy the best views of Exeter (and beyond). 

Exeter Cathedral Roof Tour

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Take the decision out of gifting and buy the InExeter gift card. A great way to support local independents and discover a huge choice of retailers from boutiques, artisan producers, lifestyle and homeware shops, jewellers, makers and crafters.

Saddles and Paddles
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Saddles & Paddles is a local business based on the historic Exeter quayside that offers something different for those looking for an outdoor adventure.

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Enjoy climbing with your family or friends at the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall. The Quay Climbing Centre is located in the heart of Exeter’s Quayside in the Old Electricity Building.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
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Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

Outdoor activity centre. Sailing, windsurfing, caving, climbing and orienteering, raft building, canoeing. Overnight camps and residential visits.

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Kayaks on the River Exe

AS Watersports are pleased to offer Canoe, Sit on top kayak and paddleboard hire on the historic Exeter Ship canal. The canal is a nice and easy paddle that is perfect for all paddlers including families and novices. There is some great wildlife to be seen along the Exe Salt Marshes and two great pubs! We also offer canoe, kayak and paddleboard tuition. One of the greatest things about paddling is gaining skills to make these experiences even better. All activities are based from our waterside shop, where our extensive selection of kayaks, canoes, and all sorts of watersports equipment caters to all needs from the beginner to the expert. Being right beside the canal, you can get out on the water and try before you buy!

Exeter Cookery School
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Exeter Cookery School

Come and learn to cook the food of your dreams in our converted 1830s warehouse on Exeter's historic quayside.

Cheese Tours at Home Farm
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Cheese Tours at Home Farm

Come and visit Home Farm - headquarters for the award winning Quicke's Cheese factory. See the art of making great cheese. With a unique behind the scenes experience day, we'll show you from the ground up how we craft world-class cheese.

Kenton Park Estate & Vineyard
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Kenton Park Estate & Vineyard

Kenton Park Estate’s Conference Facilities are just outside of Exeter forming an integral part of the working Winery & Vineyard providing very versatile Function space. It's a unique setting for your Meeting & can be hired out for all occasions.

Exeter Racecourse
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Set in a stunning location overlooking beautiful Devon countryside, Exeter Racecourse prides itself as being one of the UK’s most progressive tracks, with excellent facilities and transport links.

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Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers

Come along and enjoy superb rugby at Sandy Park for the Gallagher Premiership Rugby 2019/20 season, with one of the top clubs in the country and Aviva Premiership champions in 2017. The Exeter Chiefs are committed to providing supporters with a complete match day experience starting when the gates open. The Chiefs have invested heavily in state of the art technology to add to the match day experience and each internal bar area is provided with large drop-down screens to view previous Chiefs matches, Sky matches and internationals.

Exeter City FC
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The home of professional football in Exeter - come and enjoy a great day out and watch Exeter City attempt to regain their rightful position in the Football League.

Land Rover Experience West Country
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Land Rover Experience West Country

4x4 off-road driving instruction in Land Rovers on a site with full facilities, along with archery & clay pigeon shooting by arrangement.

Berrybrook Motors
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Berrybrook Motors

Morgan car hire and dealers for Morgan cars and Compacts including Aixam, Reliant, Ligier and Micro Car. We are also the largest supplier of Steam engines in the south west.

Aerosaurus Balloons
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Aerosaurus Balloons provide champagne Hot Air Balloon Flights across the South West, with Balloon Rides over some of the most spectacular areas of the UK.

The Donkey Sanctuary
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Family enjoys meeting donkey

With adventures for all the family, make memories that last a lifetime at The Donkey Sanctuary. Meet hundreds of friendly rescue donkeys for FREE and discover so much more besides.

Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf & Country Club
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Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf & Country Club

Wear Park Spa is a multi-award-winning spa and beauty salon located in the Georgian manor house at Exeter Golf and Country Club. Open to everyone with a discount for members, the single and double treatment rooms enjoy stunning views of the golf course. Wear Park Spa is perfect for both spa days and beauty treatments. Luxurious, with world-class ESPA facials, massage and body treatments, yet convenient for beauty treatments such as Shellac nails, manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows and lashes.

Hotel Du Vin
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Take a step inside this iconic building, formerly the West of England Eye Hospital, where historic walled gardens and striking architecture create the backdrop for a truly special experience.

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This fascinating behind-the-scenes tour takes you into the roof void high above the Nave, into the south tower, through the spaces in the north tower and onto the roof to enjoy the best views of Exeter (and beyond).

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