The country is (slowly) getting back to normal and we’re excited for what we’ll be able to enjoy in Exeter again! But if you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we’ve put together a selection of things to look forward to when our fabulous city re-opens for visitors…

Blissful days and evenings along Exeter Quay

We may already be able to visit Exeter Quay for a stroll or cycle during the lockdown, but imagine when everything is eventually back to normal! Warm, light evenings enjoying a drink with friends at Samuel Jones or The Prospect, tucking into scrumptious food at Rockfish, On the Waterfront and Bar Venezia and browsing the quirky, independent gift shops…. We can’t wait!

Popular attractions will reopen

Hopefully later on this year, we’ll see our fantastic local attractions open once again. Visitors will be able to discover the 16 spectacular galleries at RAMM, learn how water was transported through Exeter in the Medieval times at the Exeter Underground Passages and spot the gothic architecture within Exeter Cathedral

But that’s not all! Crealy Adventure Park will open its doors to hundreds of excited families, animal lovers will be able to return to The Donkey Sanctuary to greet their favourite donkey and Powderham Castle will welcome visitors back to explore their stunning grounds!

Learn a new skill

If lockdown has inspired you to take up a new skill once the restrictions have been lifted, look no further than Exeter! Soon you’ll be able to book a course at Exeter Cookery School to create the perfect dinner party menu or learn how to dance, create visual art or act at Exeter Phoenix!

As soon as it’s safe to do so, Exeter Gin will open its Granny Garbutt and Exeter Gin School & Bar, so you’ll be able to create, bottle and label your very own gin!

Rescheduled events

Although we don’t want to wish the year away, there are a number of rescheduled events taking place in 2021 that we have to look forward to.

Devon’s biggest day out, the Devon County Show, will take place on the 20th – 22nd May next year – everyone will eventually get their fix of everything west country! The Exeter Festival, our city’s own 3-day festival, was unfortunately cancelled this year but fingers crossed it’ll be back in 2021 for a weekend full of family entertainment! Another festival we hope to welcome back next year is the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink - the place to be for ultimate foodies! 

Dine at our favourite restaurants

Missing dining at your favourite restaurants? You’re not alone - we hope that visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the restaurants and cafés that Exeter has to offer soon. The day will come when you can return to Queen Street Dining where you’ll be tucking into a pizza or pie at The Stable, eating vibrant food and sipping cocktails at Turtle Bay or trying something different at Comptoir Libanais!

Princesshay Shopping Centre is home to some of the UK’s popular restaurant chains – soon you’ll be able to book a table at Nandos, Giraffe, Byron Burger and Café Rouge!

Don’t forget all the incredible independent eateries you’ll find in every corner of Exeter! Just think of your first cream tea at Tea on the Green, a scrumptious Sunday roast at The Oddfellows and UNLIMTED fresh, crispy chips at Rockfish! Is anyone else’s mouth watering at the thought of all the fantastic restaurants that are waiting for us?!

Cheer on your favourite sports team

Although it’s uncertain when we’ll be able to attend a sporting event again… at some point in the future we’ll be able to cheer on Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park and Exeter City Football Club at St James Park! Soon we'll also be able to enjoy a fantastic day out at Exeter Racecourse, now these are great things to look forward to aren't they?

Treat ourselves to a new wardrobe or a gift

Who else is guilty of having multiple parcels from clothing companies turning up our doors during lockdown? Eventually we look forward to welcoming you back to Exeter for a well-deserved shopping trip! Vamp up your wardrobe with popular brands including Zara, Topshop and River Island at Princesshay Shopping Centre and a two-story Primark in the Guildhall Shopping Centre!

Make sure to give Gandy Street a visit for a selection of unique clothing shops, walk a few minutes from Cathedral Close to Magdalen Road for independent gift retailers and explore the West Quarter - Exeter's hidden gem when it comes to shopping!


Rockfish Exeter
Rockfish Exeter

Amongst the treats at this consistently award-winning restaurant are sustainably sourced and locally landed seafood, often cooked within hours of being caught. From your table by the Quayside enjoy simple, relaxed, ingredient-driven quality food for the whole family.

On The Waterfront
On the Waterfront, Exeter

Perched on the edge of the historic Exeter Quayside, we are housed on the ground floor of a magnificent 19th century warehouse. This building and many like it nearby served the booming woollen industry of the mid 19th century.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Queen Street Exeter

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is one of Exeter City Council’s flagship services. RAMM is also supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Stunning displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and a changing programme of exhibitions and events means there is likely to be something different to see on every visit. Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay any length of time.

Exeter's Underground Passages
Historic Site
Family image in the passages

The Passages were built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. A guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages is a memorable event - narrow, dark, interesting and exciting.

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral West Front

Medieval cathedral. Fine example of Gothic Decorated style. Longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Image screen on West Front, Minstrels' Gallery and tombs. Expert guided tours, trails and activities for the family

Crealy Theme Park & Resort
Theme Park / Waterpark
£15 tickets. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance.

Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great Adventure Park!

The Donkey Sanctuary
Animal Collection
Family enjoys meeting donkey

Bring out the best in your herd and make memories that last a lifetime at The Donkey Sanctuary. Meet hundreds of adorable rescue donkeys for FREE and discover so much more besides.

Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle

A visit to Powderham Castle is an enchanting day out for all its visitors. Fascinating guided tours of this magnificent 600 year old Castle.

Exeter Cookery School
Exeter Cookery School

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

Exeter Phoenix
Arts Centre
Exeter Phoenix

Exeter Phoenix is one of the South West’s leading contemporary arts venues, offering an exciting and varied programme of theatre, dance, performance, music, film and visual arts, and attracting over 150,000 visitors a year.

Exeter Gin
Local Shop
Exeter Gin

Exeter's own premium gin made in small batches and produced in a traditional copper still.

Devon County Show
Cows (c) Devon County Show Credit: Geoff & Tordis Pagotto

Billed as Devon’s Big Day Out, the Devon County Show is a showcase for aspects of life and work in the county as well as entertainment, shopping and good food.

Exeter Festival
Exeter Festival

Exeter Festival is back for 2020, with an exciting three day fun-filled, jam packed summer extravaganza, from Friday 3 – Sunday 5 July 2020. Line up to be announced very soon!

Queen St Dining
Queen St Dining

From dawn ‘til dusk and to supper and beyond, 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 in cool casual dining destinations


Put Princesshay on your plate with 12 top places to eat, meet and treat. We’re sure you’ll find something to whet the appetite at EATS Princesshay with flavours that span the globe. Not to mention live music, alfresco dining, a great atmosphere and stunning views of Exeter cathedral and the Roman wall.

The Oddfellows
The Oddfellows

Only a stones throw away around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Exeter High Street, our independent, relaxed and friendly gastro bar will be sure to please.

Tea on the Green
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Tea on the Green
Rockfish Exeter
Rockfish Exeter

Amongst the treats at this consistently award-winning restaurant are sustainably sourced and locally landed seafood, often cooked within hours of being caught. From your table by the Quayside enjoy simple, relaxed, ingredient-driven quality food for the whole family.

Sandy Park Conference & Event Centre
Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category
Sandy Park

Sandy Park, Exeter's award-winning Conference and Banqueting Centre and home to Devon's Premiership rugby team, the Exeter Chiefs.

Exeter City FC
Sports Ground/Stadium

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.

Shopping Centre

The award-winning Princesshay is in the heart of the city, with over 70 stores including big brands such as Next and Debenhams, as well as smaller independent and regional brands. Princesshay is seriously stylish, featuring distinctive architecture, that complements Exeter's historic buildings, and landscaped European style squares with cafes and restaurants.

The Guildhall Shopping Centre
Outdoor Market
The Guildhall Shopping Centre

From fashion to food, to booking that perfect family holiday, everything you need can be found at Guildhall Shopping Centre, being home to brands such as Sainsbury’s, Wilko, Primark, WH Smith, Superdrug, Mothercare and Jigsaw, amongst others. Whilst shopping, don’t forget to check out the eight new restaurants at Queen St Dining!



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