May half term fun in Exeter

Head into Exeter for a range of family friendly activities and entertainment this May half term. We’ve put together our top recommendations to enjoy…

For under 5’s:

Head to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, to experience ‘Life on the Ocean Floor‘ with your little ones.

Explore the magnificent world under the sea with this interactive display that takes you through a voyage of discovery. Led by naturalist and artist Philip Henry Gosse, take a closer look at the ocean floor. Organised with The Carousel Project.

Taking place on Saturday 27 May from 10.30am to 12 noon. Head to the RAMM courtyard for this free drop in event.


For children who love chocolate aged 7 – 12 years (ish):

Head to Chococo in Gandy Street for a tasty workshop!

The team are bringing back their popular children’s workshop to their Gandy Street Chocolate House on Wednesday 31 May.

The children can get busy making delicious lollies, giant chocolate buttons, dipping honeycombe chunks, creating marshmallow kebabs and decorating a chocolate bar from Chococo’s yummy fine Venezuelan origin chocolate. They will also get to keep all their creations to share with their family at home.

The workshop takes place Wednesday 31 May from 1pm – 2pm, upstairs at Chococo, 22 Gandy Street. Cost per child: £14.95. Speak with a member of the team to book a place by dropping into the shop or calling 01392 249422 – advanced booking recommended!


For the whole family:

Take in the RAMM’s exhibition Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful

From historic objects to film, illustrations, live creatures and contemporary craft, explore the wonderful world under the sea in this exhibition that offers a glimpse of the beautiful creatures, colours and shapes that make up life in our oceans and seashores. The exhibition includes a special feature on British rockpool creatures and how we can care for Devon’s beautiful and fragile coast.

Open from 13 May to 17 September in Gallery 21 and 22 from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. The exhibition is free.


 For the whole family:

Enjoy a day of activity from ping pong to yoga and dance as well as a roller derby in Princesshay.

This free to attend event, takes place on 31 May in Princesshay Square from 10am to 4pm.


For Children aged 8+ years

Make your own photographic cyanotype prints at Spacex with Jessica Lennan. Explore the medium and take away your characteristic blue prints. All materials are provided as well as refreshments.

Takes place Friday 2nd June, from 10:30 and costs £5 per child. Early booking is advised.


For Children aged 8 to 17 years

Exeter Phoenix has a range of creative workshops and activities for younger children and teenagers, from budding filmmakers to musical maestros and fledgling photographers.


Make an LED Friendship Band (ages 10 years+)

Tuesday 30 May

Using different colour LED lights and conductive thread, create your own glowing fashion bracelet.


BBC Microbit: Coding Creations (ages 9 – 14 years)

Tuesday 30 May

The BBC microbit is a pocket-sized computer that allows everyone to get creative with technology – including kids! Explore its potential by making a word game, a musical tune and creating a tilt synth.


Make an Air Piano (ages 9 – 14 years)

Tuesday 30 May

Make a piano come to life by simply waving your hand during this fun-packed session using motion sensors.


Brick Flicks: Make a Stop Motion Lego Movie (ages 8 – 13 years)

Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May

Using stop motion animation techniques to design, plan and shoot a short film using your favourite lego from home.


Fotonow: Make your own Photographic Zine (ages 12 – 17 years)

Thursday 1 June

Develop your own creative photos taken in Exeter and learn how to digitally edit them into a stunning photographic zine showcasing your work.



For the whole family:

Head to the Exeter Street Food Market in the Guildhall Shopping Centre to soak up the atmosphere and pick up some tasty lunch from local food and drink producers. The perfect way to make the most of a sunny day – why not take your treats to the Cathedral Green and enjoy a picnic?

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June – admission free.


To find out more about What’s On in Exeter, visit our listings page here. 



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