Don’t miss your chance to celebrate Chinese New Year 2018: Year of the Dog with family friendly activities InExeter. Here are a few things happening in the city centre to get you in the festival spirit:
The museum is hosting a free Chinese New Year trail which encompasses nine Chinese and Chinese-inspired objects on display. From a dazzling hairpin made of kingfisher feathers to a silver tea set, rummage around the museum to track down these fascinating items and discover the story behind each of them. The trail is free and will take place throughout the entire New Year period (Feb 17 – March 16)
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 & Fore Street. This is the first year that Exeter has dressed the city in for this spectacular festival – so don’t miss your chance to get a few celebratory snaps!
The House of Hope & Mercy in the Jungle at McCoy’s Arcade are hosting an impromptu tea party with tea tasting and cake in celebration of the start of Chinese New Year on February 17. The tea room will be giving away a ‘super magic selection of tea stuff’ to the first 40 people who make a purchase, join the tea room from 10 o’clock on wards.
Exeter University are hosting the city’s largest celebration of Chinese New Year on March 4, which includes a parade of traditional dragon and lion dancing throughout the city centre. The parade will begin at Buffet City, 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 at their spectacular display at the RAMM.
Indulge in a sensory celebration of authentic Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine at Tang Shian on South Street. Whether you dine in or takeaway, Tang Shian offer a huge selection of mouth-watering dishes for you to sink your teeth into and sample the true flavours of China.
Get crafty and celebrate the year of the dog with this plate-making workshop taking place at RAMM on February 17. This workshop will give your kids the chance to master the style of Chinese blue and white porcelain as they design and paint their own paper plate.
These are just a few of the ways you can honour the Year of the Dog in the heart of Exeter, so there’s no excuse not to get stuck in and enjoy a colourful celebration to brighten up these wintery British days!