It’s the type of weekend we’ve all been waiting for – a bank holiday with eased restrictions! Of course it’s still incredibly important to socially-distance from other households and wash our hands regularly, but lucky for residents and visitors there’s plenty to do in Exeter this weekend where we can remain safe and thoroughly enjoy ourselves! Let our ideas inspire you this August bank holiday…

Eat Out to Help Out

Think you have just enough room for another meal at one of our fantastic restaurants? This Monday 31st August is your last chance to take advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, where you can get 50% off your meal up to £10 per person! Enter your postcode here, see where which restaurants are involved and book your table quick while you still can!

Indulge in a delicious Sunday lunch

You’re not alone if you’ve missed dining out on a Sunday! Why not book a table for a scrumptious roast with your friends and family and perhaps carry on your evening with a drink or two! Tea on The Green cooks up a homely meal with spectacular views of the Exeter Cathedral, The Terrace plates a stylish twist on the traditional dish and The Old Firehouse has recently launched their hearty Sunday roasts! Not feeling up to dining in a restaurant just yet? You can pre-order a delicious roast for collection at the Exeter Golf and Country Club – take a look at their photos, which should be all the persuasion you need!

Street Eats at Princesshay

Have you spotted/smelt Princesshay’s Street Eats pop-up event in their main square? The vendors will be trading daily between 11pm-6pm and until 9pm on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays until 12th September, so this bank holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity to try some local street cuisine!

Socialise with a bottomless brunch

Bottomless brunches are very on trend right now and fans of all things prosecco, pancakes and avocados will be pleased to know that our Exeter businesses are serving these experiences up with a modern twist! Especially for the bank holiday weekend, Pink Moon have set up brunch parties for Saturday, Sunday and Monday with disco and RnB themes – how awesome is that?

At Queen Street Dining you’ll find The Terrace for a bottomless brunch with a classy twist and Turtle Bay – offering their Caribbean-style dishes with unlimited cocktails! Fancy chicken & waffles? Give Absurd Bird a try for a brunch inspired by the Deep South!

Get outdoors!

At the moment, the weather for Exeter looks dry (but keep your fingers and toes crossed for extra luck, it could change!) so make the most of the summer sun and get outside in the great outdoors…

Hop on a bike and cycle the scenic Exe Estuary Trail to Exmouth or Dawlish, slowly pedal to the quaint town of Topsham or drive and take your bikes further afield to Okehampton and follow the Granite Way! Click here for more cycling inspiration.

Take in a breath of fresh West Country air on one of our many walking trails across the city. Perhaps stroll around Exeter Quay and stop off at a café, restaurant or pub or two, explore the quiet atmosphere of Ludwell Valley Park or embark on a woodland hike at Haldon Forest. Take a look at our blog for more locations to explore on foot!

Who doesn’t love a picnic? In Exeter there are many local farm shops where you can stock up on fresh food for your outing – including Darts Farm, Greendale and Ben’s Farm Shop! Snacks? Check. Now you need a gorgeous location with spectacular views to enjoy whilst you munch on your delicious treats. Find a picture-perfect picnic spot at Woodbury Common, nestle within the magnificent Powderham Castle grounds or lay your blankets down by the water at Exeter Quay! There are endless locations for a glorious picnic, click here and take your pick!

Topsham Summer of Sounds

Head to the beautiful maritime town of Topsham, just 4 miles from Exeter, to enjoy live music between 10am and 1pm from Solarference and Justin Mee, in the main shopping area of Fore Street. Browse Topsham's myriad of independent shops, then head to one of the waterside pubs for an al fresco drink overlooking the River Exe Estuary.

Topsham (c) Alasdair Ward

Take an Exetercation

Exeter has everything you need for a staycation! We can't guarantee the weather, but whatever you’d like to do this bank holiday - relax on the beach, get active outdoors, or you’d like to try something new, you can pretty much guarantee you'll find it here in our city! We’re calling it an Exetercation, take a look at our page for inspiration for your break with us…


Eat on the Green
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Champagne on Cathedral Green

Eat on the Green is an independent restaurant in the heart of Exeter, owned and managed by a team who are passionate about creating great food using local, free range produce bought directly from the farmers and brought to you with excellent table service. The restaurant is in a Sixteenth Century building overlooking Exeter’s historic Cathedral Green.

The Old Firehouse
Two pizzas at Old Firehouse

Widely acknowledged to be one of Exeter’s best ale and cider pubs, The Old Firehouse is very popular with students and locals alike and offers a buzzy atmosphere along with a great range of food and drink at reasonable prices. Serving the famous square pizzas, large enough to share or enjoy the challenge as well as a fantastic Sunday Roast, with vegan and vegetarian options, there’s so much choice that no-one goes hungry!

Wear Park Restaurant at Exeter Golf and Country Club
Sunday Roast at Wear Park Restaurant

Located on the ground floor of our Georgian manor house, with views across the putting green and 18th, you can choose to dine in the bar, restaurant or outside on the veranda or terrace.

Shopping Centre
Princesshay Shopping Centre - with Cathedral View

The award-winning Princesshay is in the heart of the city, with over 60 stores including big brands such as Next and Zara, 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.

Pink Moon
Pink Moon Club sign

COVID-19 Update: Pink Moon Café​​​​​​ is re-opening for indoor dining on 17th May. All day dining, drinking & fun. Grab a healthy lunch to go, enjoy delicious home-made Californian food in our restaurant or party with us until the early hours in our after dark club.

The Exe Estuary Trail
Cycle Route
Exe Estuary Trail, vintage bike (c) mathilde le floch

The Exe Estuary is a 26 mile cycle route & walkway which goes along the whole Exe Estuary through Exmouth, Exeter & Dawlish.

Ice cream in Topsham

A fascinating and quaint historic estuary port, Topsham has some fine architecture. There are Dutch traders’ houses and fine examples of buildings from Georgian and Edwardian times.

The Granite Way - Cycle Route
Cycle Route
Meldon viaduct

This is a new, truly spectacular and mostly traffic free cycle route through rural Devon with fantastic views of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside.

Ludwell Valley Park Trail
Waymarked Trail
Ludwell Valley Park Trail

A one and a half-mile route around Ludwell Valley Park

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Strolling through Haldon Forest Park and enjoying the stunning views

Whether you want a gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. Open 364 days of the year, there is something for every interest to connect you with the great outdoors.

Darts Farm Shopping Village
Buy Online
Darts Farm

Darts Farm is a vibrant, nationally award-winning Farm Shop based in the historic estuary town of Topsham, overlooking the beautiful Clyst Valley. A unique lifestyle shopping experience with a working farm at its heart, Darts Farm showcases the best food and drink the region has to offer and is home to a selection of handpicked specialist retailers. These include The AGA Shop, Fired Earth, Orange Tree, Cotswold, RSPB, Energy Hair and the Treatment Loft.

Greendale Farm Shop
Independent Shop

Deep in the heart of the East Devon countryside, surrounded by 15 acres of farmland, you’ll find the award-winning Greendale Farm Shop and its family-friendly café. Full of fresh, locally-sourced produce, this welcoming shop has become a must-visit destination.

Ben's Farm Shop
Independent Shop
External of Ben's Farm Shop

Come and enjoy our wide range of seasonal, locally sourced, mainly organic but definitely plain delicious food and drink. We use local suppliers and even offer a range of salads, pasties, pies, cakes and soups that are made daily in our farm kitchen.

Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle exterior

Discover the magic of Powderham Castle and explore over 600 years of fascinating history in the family home of The Earl of Devon. Make the most of your visit with our UNLIMITED seven day free return on all full priced tickets.

Exeter Quayside
Historic Site
Monolith at Exeter Quayside. Copyright: DOminic Lowther

Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals & visitors for its fascinating history, pubs & restaurants.



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