A celebration of the city’s maritime history and Heritage Harbour status, Exeter's popular Heritage Harbour Festival returns on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, with a packed programme of free entertainment and fun for all the family.

Taking place at all points around the quay and canal basin, there'll be two days full of activity, from musicians and street entertainers, to informative talks and guided walks. Steam vessels, steam railways, traction engines, and a 'maritime market' are all there to be enjoyed.

Marking the third year of Exeter's Heritage Harbour Festival, amongst the many highlights on Saturday will be the opportunity to enjoy free taster sessions with Saddles and Paddles (booking required), or take a ride on a River Exe Swan Boat (land-based version) with Burn the Curtain Theatre. There'll also be guided walks, talks and even Red Coat Canal Tours with Exeter Cruises. On the Piazza Terracina, you can enjoy a number of activities celebrating 200 years of the RNLI.

Also on Saturday, visitors can enjoy a free Nautical Film Festival under the Transit Shed, right on the edge of the water. Highlights include Finding Nemo, a documentary about Radio Caroline (followed by a panel discussion) and an evening showing of The African Queen. There will also be some short films, including Captain Peacock and the Swanboat of the River Exe and another chance to see The Onedin Line Redux.

“Steam Sunday” will feature a Maritime Market, steam traction engines, steam boats on the river, a ride-on steam railway, family activities, demonstrations, walks and a packed programme of free talks in Haven Banks. There will also be live music from Steam City Jazz Band, Spin 2, Dilly Boys and the Liberty Sisters.

Don't miss out on visiting the beautiful historic fishing snack, Britannia, under restoration at East Quay and also pop into Cricklepit Mill and find out about the work of Devon Wildlife Trust. Join in with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as they celebrate their two hundredth anniversary and, finally, the Custom House, 'the flagship of Maritime Exeter' will of course be open to all.

For more information and to view the full programme of activities and entertainment, visit Exeter Custom House.


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.

Jazz on the Quay
Jazz On the Quay

The Exeter Canal & Quay Trust, in conjunction with Exeter City Council, is delighted to present Jazz on the Quay, a fun, FREE afternoon of music starting on Sunday 30 June and then every Sunday during July until the 25 August (apart from the 28 July).



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