Exeter’s colourful history has seen it survive Roman rule and bombing in the Blitz.
Today the city is celebrated as a hub for culture and the arts from across South West England. Away from the bars of the city centre, the wilds of Dartmoor lie waiting to be explored.
Exeter boasts a rich calendar of festivals and events, reflecting its status as one of the South West’s major hubs for culture and the arts.
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
Foodies love the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, held every May Day bank holiday weekend in Northernhay Gardens (the oldest public gardens in England) and the adjacent courtyard of Exeter Castle. Celebrating the finest food produced in the South West, it was co-founded by local celebrity chef Michael Caines, who leads a programme of live cooking demonstrations as part of the festival.
Exeter Craft Festival
For more than 40 years the Cathedral Green has hosted this festival each July to celebrate the West Country’s finest craftspeople and artisans. All kinds of curiosities can be found here, from stoneware jewellery to still-life art, and from wooden toys to fine silks. Food comes courtesy of local producers too, and there’s a wide range of entertainment on offer including traditional Punch and Judy shows.
Exeter is home to this, the biggest dance music festival in the South West, at Powderham Castle in early September each year.