Feeling ready for the Year of the Pig? The start of the Chinese New Year begins on February 5th 2019, with celebrations throughout Exeter.
Here’s our roundup of the best things to do to enjoy Chinese New Year 2019 with your family in the heart of Exeter’s city centre.
Chinese Lantern Display
Exeter’s city centre will be transformed with a magnificent display of red Chinese lanterns spanning across areas within the High Street, Gandy Street, Queen Street, Sidwell Street and Fore Street. This is only the second time that Exeter has dressed the city for this spectacular festival – so don’t miss your chance to get a few celebratory snaps!
Chinese New Year Trail at the RAMM
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) with a free trail around the Chinese objects on display, including a dragon pennant taken in battle, a fortune-telling compass and a dazzling hairpin made of kingfisher feathers. A trail for all ages, it will take place throughout the entire New Year period (5th February – 5th March).
Dragon and Lion Dancing Parade
University of Exeter’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest in the city and are regularly attended by over 2,500 people. This year they are hosting their festivities on 17th February, which includes a traditional dragon and lion dancing parade throughout the city centre. The parade will begin at Buffet City at 1pm, then travel across the Cathedral Green to land in Bedford Square where there will be a performance for Princesshay’s visitors. The dancers will then continue along the High Street, down Gandy Street and end their spectacular display at the RAMM.
Try a Bao Bun from Red Panda
Wander along to Gandy Street to the brilliant Red Panda, which serves up delicious and authentic Chinese street food. This takeout eatery specialises in serving up bao buns – the colourful Asian delicacy that is the star of Red Panda’s show. Be sure to pop by this Chinese New Year for the true flavour of China.
Fine Chinese Tea
Purveyors of fine, organic, Chinese whole leaf tea and tea ware, The House of Hope & Mercy in the Jungle at McCoy’s Arcade brings together everything you could possibly need to host your very own Chinese Tea Party this New Year.
These are just a few of the ways you can honour the Year of the Pig in the heart of Exeter and get into the festival spirit. There really is no excuse not to get stuck in and enjoy a colourful celebration to brighten up these wintery British days!