It’s finally the time of year to add a pinch of cinnamon to our coffee and indulge in some new knitwear. Festivities are fast-approaching and lucky for us Exeter is a hub of season appropriate activities throughout winter. We’ve picked out a few things we wouldn’t want you to miss out on over the most exciting season of the year.
Halloween is just around the corner and if you still aren’t sure how to celebrate, we have a few suggestions to keep you suitably spooked.
- On Wednesday 26th October, Halloween is starting early for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Head over with your children for some Halloween mask making fun. Adults go free and children’s tickets are just £2.50.
- Over in Topsham, you can celebrate at their Pumpkin Festival. The festival will run from 2-4pm on Thursday 27th October and the same time the next day. This is a fantastic way to get into the spirit and give your children the chance to pick their own pumpkin! Tickets are £7.95.
- On all hallows eve itself, what better way to celebrate than to throw on a witch’s hat and join the Red Coat Guides Exeter Spooks and Broomsticks Tour, visiting Exeter’s most haunted sites. Tours start at the Royal Clarence Hotel on the Cathedral Green from 6:15pm and are around ninety minutes long. The last tour leaves at 7pm and the event is free so there is no need to book-just show up ready to be fascinated by frightening facts about Exeter!
There is a wide variety of Bonfire Night events in Exeter starting from the end of October.
- Double Locks is hosting a fireworks display on 29th October from 5:30pm with a BBQ and all bars open. Fireworks will start from around 7:30pm and are sure to be fun for the whole family!
- If you want to try something different this year, why not go to Ottery St Mary on 5th November for their evening of Flaming Tar Barrels? Barrels are soaked in tar, set alight and carried about the town by local people. It’s free to go with a fun and busy atmosphere as people gather together to celebrate this long-standing tradition.
- On the 4th and 5th November, a boat will be taking passengers down the River Exe to watch fireworks in the surrounding area. Aboard will be a bar hosting homemade soup and hot drinks and there is also a covered and heated lower deck. The boat will leave the harbour at 7pm. Unfortunately, tickets have already sold out for 5th but can still be purchased online at Stuart Line Cruise for the 4th.