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A Guide to Exeter - Top Events in Exeter This Summer

Exeter is the place to be this summer! With a bustling calendar filled with events for all ages and interests, there's no better time to explore this vibrant city.

From fascinating exhibitions to high-energy sports and music festivals, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best events taking place.

And the great news is that all these events are easily accessible from your accommodation on campus. In fact, we’ve even included two events taking place in the Great Hall, so what are you waiting for…


New Exhibition at RAMM: "Are We Nearly There Yet? A History of Transport"

15 June – 29 September

Kick off your summer with a visit to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) for their latest exhibition, "Are We Nearly There Yet? A History of Transport." This fabulous exhibition takes you on a journey through the evolution of transportation. Perfect for history buffs and curious minds, it's a fascinating look at how we've travelled through the ages.


Exeter Armed Forces Day

22 June

Join Exeter in honouring our military heroes on Armed Forces Day. The city centre will come alive with parades, military displays, and family-friendly activities. It's a great opportunity to show support and appreciation for the Armed Forces community while enjoying a day out in the city.


Women’s Premiership Rugby Final at Sandy Park

22 June

Rugby fans, this one's for you! Head to Sandy Park to witness the thrilling Women’s Premiership Rugby Final between Bristol and Gloucester-Hartpury. Expect an electrifying atmosphere as fans from all over gather to support their teams in what promises to be a nail-biting match.


Let’s Rock Exeter

29 June

Get ready to party retro-style at Let’s Rock Exeter.  Taking place at Powderham Castle, just outside Exeter, this festival is a blast from the past, celebrating all things 80s with a stellar lineup of classic pop and rock acts. Don your best 80s gear and dance the day away at this vibrant and fun-filled event.


Jazz on the Quay

30 June – 25 August (on select dates)

Enjoy smooth tunes and beautiful views with Jazz on the Quay. On select dates throughout the summer, Exeter’s quayside transforms into a haven for jazz lovers. Relax by the water, soak in the music, and savour delicious food and drink from local vendors.


Exeter Craft Festival on Cathedral Green

4 – 6 July

Discover the creativity of local artisans at the Exeter Craft Festival. Held on Cathedral Green, this festival showcases a wide range of handmade crafts, from jewellery and pottery to textiles and paintings. It's a fantastic opportunity to pick up unique gifts and support local talent.


Summer at the Quayside

26 July to 30 August

Spend your summer days at Exeter’s historic quayside, where a variety of activities await. From paddleboarding and kayaking to riverside walks and outdoor dining, there’s something for everyone. Keep an eye out for special events and performances that will add extra excitement to your visit.


Dragon Boat Festival

11 August

Experience the thrill of the Dragon Boat Festival on Exeter’s Quay. Teams of paddlers will race in colourful dragon boats, creating a spectacle of speed and teamwork. It's a fantastic day out for spectators and participants alike, with plenty of entertainment on the sidelines.


Gone Wild Festival Devon

22 – 25 August

For an adventure-packed weekend, don’t miss the Gone Wild Festival at Powderham Castle. This family-friendly festival offers a mix of outdoor activities, live music, and workshops. It's the perfect way to embrace the great outdoors and make lasting memories with friends and family.


Ocean Alley at Great Hall, University of Exeter

1 September

Start September on a high note with a concert by Ocean Alley at the Great Hall, University of Exeter. This Australian band brings their unique blend of psychedelic rock and reggae to the stage, promising a night of unforgettable music.


The Country Music Experience by the Country Collective

7 September

Country music fans are in for a treat with The Country Music Experience by the Country Collective at the Great Hall, University of Exeter. Enjoy an evening of toe-tapping tunes and heartfelt ballads that will transport you straight to Nashville.


Explore Exeter This Summer!

With such a diverse lineup of events, there's no shortage of things to see and do in Exeter this summer.

With Exeter’s city centre just a short walk, bus ride or cycle from your accommodation on campus, make sure to take advantage of everything this vibrant city has to offer.

From cultural exhibitions and music festivals to sports events and outdoor adventures, Exeter is the perfect destination for a summer to remember.

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