Exeter – a city full of fabulous food and drink, addictive culture, picture-perfect spots and exciting activities. This makes it a city PERFECT for a hen and stag do!

If you’re in the middle of planning a special group getaway look no further than Exeter – we’ve put together the best activities in our city. We guarantee these will be crowd pleasers!

Take a tour of Exeter Brewery

Treat the beer lover in your life to a tour of our very own Exeter Brewery, available for 15-50 people. A typical tour begins at the Tap Room for drinks, a tour of the brewery and then back to the Tap Room for pie, mash, peas and gravy. We’ll meet you there!

Drinks all round at a bottomless brunch

A hearty brunch plus unlimited prosecco, cocktails or beer - what could be better than that? In Exeter you’ll find a variety of bottomless brunches including pies, pizzas, English fry-ups, chicken and much more - so there’s something for everyone! Book your brunch at:

Roam wild with an outdoor activity 

Our city is filled with green open spaces, which means that it’s perfect for outdoor activity! Explore the grounds of Escot House on a quad bike go kart or head to Skirmish Activity Centre for a thrilling session of paintballing or axe throwing! If you're after an activity with spectacular views, book a Segway session at Haldon Forest!

Make your own botanical gin at Exeter Gin School

Enrol at the Exeter Gin School! Take a tour of Exeter Gin then create your very own botanical gin in a mini copper pot still - you’ll be guided throughout the process and will even take home your own 35cl bottle of gin! Keep an eye on the Exeter Gin School’s website for details.

Get on the water

In Exeter, we’re blessed to be surrounded by glorious canals, rivers, estuaries and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast that are perfect for watersports! Your journey opportunities are endless, there are plenty of areas to suit all abilities. To prepare for a fantastic day on the water, you’ll need your equipment first! If you don’t have your own, don’t let that stop you! Here are a list of places where you can hire your own paddleboards, kite-surfing boards, canoes, kayaks and lifejacket or buoyancy aid to get you started:

Click here to discover must-visit watersport locations!

Win at the races

Feeling lucky? Enjoy a day at Exeter Racecourse – whether you’re a first timer or a regular race attender, this activity is bound to get your heart-pumping with excitement!

Swing through the trees at Go Ape! At Haldon Forest

Experience new heights at Go Ape, the UK’s no.1 forest adventure! Harness up and fly across zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and try something new as you admire Haldon Forest’s breath-taking views! This is an experience you certainly won’t forget! Book your adventure at Haldon Forest here!

Drive offroad with a Land Rover Experience

Treat the hen or stags to a thrilling Land Rover Experience! Here you’ll find exhilarating off-road driving experiences not far from Exeter. Sessions include everything from 1-hour tasters and half days, to full days and trek days for those in need of a real adrenaline fix! Land Rover Experience West Country, occupies 135 acres of outstanding East Devon countryside, providing 35 acres of challenging off-road course waiting to be explored. Click here to choose and book your experience!

Dig into an afternoon tea

Nothing says special occasion more than an afternoon tea! Round the group up and enjoy a delightful afternoon full of prosecco, scones, sandwiches and sweet treats. Lucky for your party, Exeter definitely isn’t short of an afternoon tea or two.

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Try:

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Hotel Du Vin

Eat on The Green

The Ivy

Mercure Southgate Hotel

Lympstone Manor

Winslade Manor

Woodbury Park Hotel

See a show

Our city is packed with theatre and performing arts venues with captivating programmes – grab tickets to a theatre production, dance the night away at a live gig or sit back and let our comedy nights entertain you! Take a look at our page for the low-down on our incredible venues.

Relax with a spa day

After a busy few days it’s only right to treat yourselves to a spa day, right? Sit back, relax and enjoy a manicure, facial, massage and more at our city’s lavish spas.

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Check out:

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Hotel Du Vin

Woodbury Park Hotel

Follow the Exeter Food and Drink Trail

Is the Bride or Groom a massive foodie? Take them along the Exeter Food and Drink Trail and enjoy a day indulging in delicious, locally-sourced food and drink. Click here to discover our fantastic restaurants - you'll be spoilt for choice!

Challenge yourself at the Quay Climbing Centre and Haven Banks

Buckle up and climb new heights at the Quay Climbing Centre, which features the largest indoor climbing wall in the South West! For the ultimate adrenaline seekers, give the powerfan free-fall descent a try at Haven Banks!  

Visit a vineyard

We've covered gin and beer - it's only right that we let you know about our irresistible local wines! Enjoy an exquisite wine-tasting experience at Lympstone Manor's new vineyard or head to Kenton Park Estate for their Wine Safari Tours and other boozy experiences, click here to find out more.

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