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What's On In Exeter In The Summer

Thinking of a weekend break this summer? Want to combine the buzz of a city with moments of peaceful relaxation? Look no further than Exeter, which really does have something for everyone. Exeter truly comes into its own in the summer months, and its quayside location, as well as being close to a whole host of different beaches, is perfect to kick back and relax under the sun. 

There is so much to see and do in Exeter, so take a look at our top picks and get out and exmore what the city has to offer!

Jazz on the Quay - every Sunday until 28th August, 12.30-3.30pm

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than down at the Quay, with the sound of smooth jazz music filling the air? The Exeter Canal & Quay Trust proudly put on this fantastic event at Exeter’s historic Quayside and is an event for all the family to enjoy. With free admission, settle down with an ice cream in hand and lose yourself in the music, or get up and dance if the rhythm takes you! 


Mojito Beach Bar - until 29th August 

Every hour is happy hour at the amazing Mojito Beach Bar in Princesshay Square! Take a seat under a palm tree, or a beach hut style umbrellas and feel the sand between your toes. There is a vast array of cocktails and mocktails to try, as well as some great live music, so you can really feel like you are on holiday! Open from 10-am-10pm daily, get down to the city centre now and make the most of the sunshine! 

Nature Valley Gone Wild, 25th-28th August

Nature Valley Gone Wild is the ultimate family festival, and perfect for anyone passionate about the outdoors! Run in partnership with the outdoors legend himself, Bear Grylls, and hosted in the lush parkland of Powderham Castle, there are a whole host of activities to get involved in. From a sensational music line up comprising acts such as The Script and Sophie Ellis Bextor, to guest talks and outdoor activities, there is no better time to step away from the screen and immerse yourself in the great outdoors! 

Saddles and Paddles 

Take to the water in a kayak, canoe or paddle board and experience the sights of Exeter at a slower pace. Located on the Exeter Quayside, Saddles and Paddles rents out a number of water craft, as well as bikes, so you can meander down the River Exe at a leisurely pace, taking in the sights, sounds and wildlife along the way. Make your way to the Double Locks Inn, and reward your efforts with a refreshing cold drink in their relaxing beer garden, before paddling back to the Quay. This is an ideal summer activity for all the family, and a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon. 

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Make a weekend of it 

Whether it’s pottery or gin you love, the vibrant city of Exeter can certainly fill your summer programme.

Stay at the University of Exeter and you are within strolling distance of all the summer action. Why not make a weekend of it? 

Find out more by taking a look at Weekend Breaks in Exeter.

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