Christmas at the Exeter Custom House

Exeter Custom House, 46 The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AN
Christmas at the Exeter Custom House


A magical series of Christmas events will be taking place at the Exeter Custom House over December, with seasonal treats in store for literally everyone as part of the programme.

The packed programme begins with a Willow Star Workshop on the evening of Tuesday 5 December. Join the team from Weird Sticks CIC to learn how to create your own illuminated willow star to adorn your home (or give as a unique gift) this Christmas. The crafting fun continues on the Thursday (7 December), when Helen McCormick will be hosting a fun evening learning the basics of lino printing, so you can create your own beautiful Christmas cards. Both of these activities are now bookable through the Exeter Custom House website.

The creative Christmas fun carries on Saturday 9 December, when Art Work Exeter (who are Cultural Partners to the Exeter Customs House) will be hosting FREE drop-in sessions between 11am – 3pm to create fancy tree ornaments using recycled or scrap materials. Activities will include metal embossing, decoupage, glitter and more. There's no need to book, but each hour-long sessions starts on the hour.

The seasonal programme takes a tuneful turn for the last two events, starting with Midwinter Poetry and Harp on the evening of Wednesday 13 December. Organised by Literature Works (who are also Cultural Partners) as part of the Quay Words initiative, Bristol-based poet Caleb Parkin will be joined by electroacoustic harpist, Scarlett Smith for an event that is described as "not a run-up to midwinter, but a slow-down." Expect an interactive event focussed on rest, recovery and stillness that keeps in mind nature's rhythms and the need for recuperation at the time of year when days are shortest.

The programme finishes on a sing-along seasonal high on the afternoon of Saturday 16 December when Mum's Choir Exeter will be performing in front of the Custom House between 2pm and 3pm. People are encouraged to wrap-up warm and soak up the Christmas cheer as the choir sing a selection of carols and well-known Christmas songs, suitable for all the family.

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Christmas at the Exeter Custom House (5 Dec 2023)
Tuesday19:00 - 21:00
Christmas at the Exeter Custom House (7 Dec 2023)
Thursday18:30 - 21:30
Christmas at the Exeter Custom House (9 Dec 2023)
Saturday11:00 - 15:00
Christmas at the Exeter Custom House (13 Dec 2023)
Wednesday18:30 - 19:30
Christmas at the Exeter Custom House (16 Dec 2023)
Saturday14:00 - 15:00

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