Exciting events and activities are BACK in Exeter this May half term! From treasure hunts, to creative workshops, visiting our indoor attractions and much more - Exeter is the place to be for a jam-packed, family day out!


Without a doubt, a trip to Exeter would be incomplete without visiting our award-winning indoor attractions. Our indoor attractions have been hard at work to ensure your next visit is as safe as possible for you and your family. With hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and plenty of space – all you need to do is pre-book your place! Visit our Explore Indoors page, for a list of our incredible indoor attractions, plus guest blogs written by the businesses themselves, which highlight what to expect when you next visit...

Challenge yourself with Princesshay's treasure hunt 

Princesshay Shopping Centre has created a free and fun outdoor treasure hunt for all the family to enjoy! Simply download the map, solve the clues, fill in your details online and you could win one of 5 £50 Princesshay gift cards. Entrants will also receive a certificate and badge in the post! Are you up for the challenge? Click here to find out more.

Embark on an adorably curious adventure

The Donkey Sanctuary has you covered this May half term, with their brand-new family activity trail from 25th May - 6th June! Simply find the A-Z of fun donkey facts around the sanctuary and complete the trail activities as you go, to claim a prize and sticker on completion! Click here to find out more.

Take part in a zine-making course 

Join Quay Words and Laura Moseley at the Custom House Visitor Centre on 31st May for a free zine-making workshop! Zines are small, handmade booklets for you to share your interests and explore your creativity, this workshop is an opportunity for 13-18 year olds to explore this craft and have fun!

Experience a circus like no other

This year, the popular Circus of Horrors celebrates its 25th anniversary! To celebrate, the production will be playing a special, Addams Family friendly matinee performance that the whole family can enjoy on 3rd June. The show at Exeter Corn Exchange will take you on a rock n' roller coaster ride of amazing and bizarre acts, it is a circus like no other and not one to be missed! Click here to find out how to book your tickets, only a few remaining.

Take a day trip to Sidmouth

Hop aboard a Stuart Line Cruise for a day out to Sidmouth! As you sail from Exmouth Marina, enjoy the idylic sights of the Jurassic Coast as you head for Sidmouth's pebbled beach, you will then have 3 hours to explore the delightful town! Find out more here.

Create your own shell containers

May half term is your time to get creative at the Devon and Exeter Institution! Take part in their shell containers workshop on Saturday 5th June, where children will get the chance to decorate their own handy containers with lovely shells. Be quick, limited spaces available - click here to find out how to book!

Get creative at St Nicholas Priory

The creative fun doesn't stop there in our city. Head to St Nicholas Priory to participate in their colourful postcards competition on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June! This half term will also give you the opportunity to try their brass rubbing trail, an all new kids activity! This a fun and inspiring way to explore Exeter’s oldest building. For more information, opening times, or to find out about the other family activities on offer at St Nicholas Priory, please visit their website.

Cause mayhem at Crealy Theme Park and Resort

Let the kids burn off some steam at Crealy Theme Park and Resort! Expect over 60 rides and attractions, over 100 animals and over 75,000 square feet of indoor play areas, perfect if the weather isn't looking too good! Not to mention May half term will bring a new show from Buddy Bear and the re-opening of their new indoor attraction, Jungle Journey! Book your tickets here.

Visit the World of Country Life

Join the May half term madness at World of Country Life in Exmouth! Just a short journey from Exeter, expect treasure hunts, children activities and much more, including their Hall of Transport, indoor soft and outdoor play areas plus plenty of furry animals to meet. Click here to book your tickets.


Shopping Centre
View of Princesshay from the car park

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.

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.

Exeter Corn Exchange
Event Venue
The Hall of Exeter Corn Exchange

The largest venue in Exeter city centre, Exeter Corn Exchange is probably the ideal location for your event - whatever it may be.

Custom House Visitor Centre
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Exeter Custom House (c) Philip Vile Photography

The Custom House Visitor Centre is in the centre of Exeter's historic quayside & occupies one of the most historic buildings on the waterfront.

Stuart Line Cruises
Boat Trip
Geology Day Trip

A family owned passenger boat business operating from Exmouth. With sailings along the East & South Devon coastline & River Exe. A large variety of trips available from scenic river cruises to all day excursions. Operating all year round.

Devon & Exeter Institution
Arts & Heritage
The Library of Devon & Exeter Institution

The Institution occupies historic premises at the heart of Exeter in the Cathedral Close. Adapted from what was once a house belonging to the Courtenay family, the library of the Institution is housed in two elegant Georgian rooms which provide space for research and reading, educational activities, cultural events and lectures.

St Nicholas Priory
St Nicholas Priory, exterior

Exeter’s oldest building, the original priory was turned into Tudor home and is now a performance and community venue. Come and experience 900 years of Exeter’s history and join us in discovering the secrets of our wonderful building.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort
Theme Park / Waterpark
The most rides in Devon

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

World of Country Life
Adventure Park/Playground
Child with a goat

World of Country Life is Devon’s GOLD award winning family day out, whatever the weather!



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