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Event Exeter Welcomed Friends Old And New This Summer

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As autumn kicks in and the campus bursts with student activity, it’s time for us to take stock and reflect on another successful season of events.

Welcoming friends old and new, the team has worked tirelessly to execute and deliver over 900 events during the summer months.

Familiar Faces

We are always delighted to see familiar faces on campus and this summer was no exception to the rule.

The Gay Bikers Motorcycle Club returned to Exeter and made the most of Holland Hall’s convenient location for five days. On a daily basis, the faint purring of motorcycles sounded out across campus as hundreds of bikers took to the road to explore the delights of Exeter and beyond.

With over 10,000 trees on campus, it’s no surprise that the Arboricultural Association choose to return to Exeter year on year for their annual conference. Over 200 people enjoyed a busy agenda for three days, including a gala dinner in the Great Hall. Bringing with them a great vibe and of course lots of foliage, it is always a pleasure when the ‘tree folk’ come to stay.

September signals the return of the Taste of the West Awards - a fantastic celebration of all that is great about food and drink in the region. Now an annual feature on the Event Exeter programme, this year’s celebration of South West food was once again a roaring success – and definitely not one for the smaller appetite.

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Organiser Belinda Berwick said, Well what can I say but yet another huge THANK YOU for another fabulous Taste of the West Lunch yesterday.  You absolutely knocked it out of the park again!  Your efficiency, flexibility, professionalism, patience, expertise, skill and awesomeness in creating the most fabulous food is second to none.  We have had dozens of very complementary emails today! “

First timers

Discovering the delights of Exeter for the first time were delegates at the Fifteenth Century Conference, which has been running since the 1970's and brings together scholars of fifteenth-century studies with younger colleagues at the start of their academic careers.

The largest swim-school for babies in the world, Water Babies, chose Exeter as the destination for their 2019 conference. The event coincided with the launch of their new website and brand and included a showcase of their newly wrapped Water Babies vehicles on the Great Hall Piazza.

The International Society for the Study of Surrealism swapped their regular conference location in the USA for the sunny green climbs of Exeter - a choice which proved popular given feedback from the organiser: "... the conference went brilliantly and delegates were really very happy”.

No time to dwell

And so, as we wave goodbye to another hectic, but fulfilling season, there is no time to rest. We look forward to 2020 and welcoming faces old and new once again for the Easter and summer event seasons.

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