Did you know that MiHi Digital was born in Exeter? Whilst that fact may not be top of the list for Exeter history, it does mean that we know and love the ever-growing city.
In recent years, Exeter has undergone a lot of changes. Revamped shopping centres, a premiership rugby team, and an expanding foodie scene has drawn thousands of visitors to the South West. It continues to develop as what was once the Guildhall Shopping Centre transforms into a dining quarter and plans for a new pool progress.
With so much to do, it’s easy to feel a little lost. So we’ve put together a list of 5 things you need to do next time you’re in the capital city of Devon.
1. See a show
Culture has always been big in Exeter, but the theatre scene is evolving fantastically. Whether you like a touring show, a bit of amdram, or a fringe show, Exeter can provide.
Exeter Northcott Theatre is the largest in the city. Located on the university campus, this 460 capacity theatre frequently welcomes touring productions and exciting companies.
For local amdram, take a look at the Barnfield Theatre. Tucked away in Southernhay, this is where to go if you’re a fan of local productions and pantomimes.
If quirky fringe shows are your style you have to check out the Bikeshed Theatre. This tiny (and we mean tiny) underground venue nurtures new talent and makes brilliant cocktails!
2. Paddle down the river
The Quayside is without a doubt one of the best places in Exeter. There are some great pubs, restaurants, and shops there, but we recommend hiring a canoe or kayak and enjoying a paddle down the river.
Relax on the water, say hello to local walkers, and reach your destination – the Double Locks pub. Enjoy a pint and some food whilst overlooking the river. The outdoor seating is vast and it is dog friendly, so feel free to bring your pup!
3. Eat local
As we mentioned earlier, the food scene in the city is growing. As well as restaurants, street food fever is taking over as Exeter Street Food hosts regular evenings.
The first Thursday of the month welcomes a night market on the Quay which runs from 5.30-9.30pm. If you’re around on the last Friday of the month, head to Southernhay Gardens between 12-8pm for foodie heaven. The day before, on the last Thursday of the month, Exeter Street Food heads to the Piazza between 4.30-9.30pm.
For full details check out their site here
4. Shop till you drop
We all know that Exeter has some great high-street brands, but independent shops are filled with awesome things!
Fore street is increasingly becoming the home of the independent in Exeter. From clothes to crafts, music to meals, sweets to stationary – it really is the place to go. We recommend taking a look at NGNG, The Real McCoy, and The Glorious Art House
5. Have a drink
A trip to Exeter isn’t complete without sampling the local bar and pub scene!
For cocktails, craft beers and regular live music, visit Artigiano. We recommend the bramble cocktail!
For a cosy pub feel, check out The Fat Pig, tucked away behind Fore street. This pub has a brewery, distillery AND a smokehouse! What more could you want from a pub? Try their homemade gin, whisky, vodka and the notorious Apple Pie Moonshine!