This Sunday 28th March, we'll wake up and need to change our clocks as time will have sprung forward an hour! Although we'll lose an hour of sleep that night, it means that we'll be able to enjoy lighter evenings, spend longer with friends & family and most importantly explore Exeter for that little bit longer! Read on for inspiration how to make the most of our incredible city this spring...

Clear your mind with a run, cycle or walk along the Quayside

Our glorious Quayside is the place to be all year round! An added bonus of lighter evenings mean we can cycle through, stroll along the water with a friend or tie our laces and take in the sights as you run around of an evening! Not to mention there are a handful of cafés and restaurants offering takeaways, to enjoy a picnic on the Quayside banks...

Dine alfresco at your favourite restaurants once again

Finally! From 12th April, restaurants across the city will re-open their booking systems for outside dining, perfect timing for when the clocks go forward! Read our Dining Out(doors) blog, for list of Exeter restaurants offering evening alfresco dining for you and up to five friends or family members!

Take your furry friends on an evening adventure

Once the clocks go forward, we won't be relying on our lunch breaks to take our dogs out on their walks - we can wait until the evening as they will be much lighter! Stroll along Exeter Quay, explore one of our city's public green spaces or take your time to explore Dartmoor National Park - there isn't a time limit to leave before it gets dark. Check out our '10 Wonderful Walks in Exeter' for inspiration! 

Just outside of Exeter you'll find the historic port of Topsham, a quaint, peaceful town filled with eclectic independent shops, lovely views and fantastic walking routes your pup and entire family will enjoy following. Take a look at Love Topsham's guest blog for a guide to your visit! 

Spend time in your lovely garden

Lighter evenings means more time to spend in our gardens with a glass of our favourite wine or gin (Exeter Gin we hope!), family dinners and delicious BBQ's! Take a look at our guest blog from Toby Buckland, for tips and tricks how to prepare your garden for spring - what a great way to make use of the lighter evenings! Toby Buckland's Garden Festival returns on the 11th June, click here to find out more and grab your tickets!

Paddle along the River Exe and Exeter Canal

Hire a paddleboard, canoe or kayak from AS Watersports or Saddles and Paddles and embark on a peaceful journey along the River Exe until you get to Exeter Canal! Explore the tranquil waters of an evening as you try something new this spring in Exeter - what a way to unwind after a busy day in the city!  

Grab a picnic and catch a sunset

Pack a picnic and find the perfect spot for a glorious sunset! Sit back and enjoy an incredible sunset over Exeter from Haldon Forest Park, lay down your picnic blankets along the banks at Exeter Quay or watch the day end on Exeter Cathedral Green as you gaze at our magnificent Cathedral! Alternatively, our part of the south west is home to glorious beaches just a short 30 minute train journey away - another place to find that gorgeous sunset! Don't want to prepare a picnic? Don't worry - there are many restaurants open in Exeter to order a takeaway - check out our blog for inspiration.

Budleigh Salterton Beach

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Indulge in spring & summer produce

Looking for the perfect, freshest ingredients for lighter meals, for the lighter evenings? In Exeter we're incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the Devon countryside, which means that we have many farm shops to explore! Order a delicious cheese selection from Quicke's, purchase your locally-sourced meat from Darts Farm and select fresh fruit and veg from Ben's Farm Shop! Take a look at our favourite spring recipes from these businesses:

Rhubarb Pie - Darts Farm Recipe

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Wildlife spotting in our outstanding valley parks

Once the evenings are lighter, we'll be able to enjoy our valley parks later on in the day - meaning that we might spot different types of birds and wildlife than we normally would in the day! We have many green, outdoor spaces scattered across our city to choose from, including Ludwell Valley Park, Riverside Valley Park, and Barley Valley Park (psst - the views here are spectacular!) If you want to travel a little further afield now that restrictions are lifting in April, take an evening trip to Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, or the Bowling Green Marsh!

Whilst you're out and about, don't forget to download the Royal Albert Memorial Museum's Super Sleuth Challenge and record the many shapes and patterns you see! You'll be surprised with what you discover just outside your doorstep - click here to find out more and get a copy of the challenge! 


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.

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.

Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival at Powderham
Toby's Garden Festival: people with flowers

Toby's Garden Festival is back at Powderham Castle on 11th and 12th June 2021! It's the perfect way to kick-start your gardening year with expert talks and demos, heaps of horticultural know-how and a wealth of award-winning nurseries, offering quality plants and advice.

River Exe Estuary
River Exe & estuary

The Exe Estuary is particularly important for birds in winter, when the mild climate and suitable feeding areas attract tens of thousands of wetland birds - some of them from the UK but many travelling from Northern and Eastern Europe.

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

Darts Farm Shopping Village
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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.

Quicke’s Cheese Box
Farm Shop
Goat's cheese with trimmings

At Quicke’s we understand that great cheesemaking is an art. For nearly 500 years we have been committed to working with our valley and its seasons, using our passion, dedication, understanding and expertise to craft great cheese from the very best milk produced from our land.

Ludwell Valley Park
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Ludwell Valley Park view
Dawlish Warren Nature & Wildlife Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve pathway

Dawlish Warren's most valuable ecological asset appears outside of the summer months - the descent of thousands of wildfowl and wading birds who use the mudflats to feed.

Exmouth Local Nature Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Exe Estuary

Exmouth Local Nature Reserve consists of tidal sand & mud at the South end of Exe Estuary – it’s one of the biggest Nature Reserves in Devon

Bowling Green Marsh
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Bowling Green Marsh (c) RSPB

Managed by the RSPB, Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve is an area of coastal grazing marsh alongside the River Exe Estuary, on the outskirts of Topsham.

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.

Dartmoor National Park
National Park
Dartmoor Ponies

Dartmoor National Park is one of the last great wildernesses in the UK with an inspirational landscape of heatherclad moors and rugged tors.



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