The countdown is on, school is oh so nearly out for summer! If you’re still wondering how to entertain the kids over the holiday period, then head to Exeter where a whole host of family-friendly activities are waiting to be discovered. The city is also open till 7pm every Thursday evening, so why not come along and enjoy the city, shops and great places to eat and drink. For a roundup of just some of the top city centre events, continue reading…
Exeter Fringe Festival
This year sees the launch of Exeter Fringe Festival, which is running from 26th July to 4th August 2019. The festival will see over 80 acts and 100 performances take place at both the Barnfield Theatre and Exeter Phoenix. The festival features Fringe Theatre, Family Theatre, Comedy, Music, Dance, Cabaret, Spoken Word, and even a magician. Whether you’ve never taken your family to the theatre before, or your clan are regular goers, the Exeter Fringe Festival team have programmed something for everyone!
Coming to Princesshay this summer will be 4 weeks of fun with free pop up events every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 31st July 2019. Princesshay Square will be transformed into Princesshay Green and will host a number of events, from marvellous mini golf to a huge climbing wall, amazing circus skills and pirates, there really will be something for everyone. During the summer event days there will also be a pop-up reading and drawing area for families to use at their leisure, which has been kitted out by IKEA Exeter. Exeter Library will also be found at this pop-up area on Thursdays at 11am for Story Time and Nursery Rhymes. You can easily make it a day at Princesshay.
For the film buff kids out there, get your popcorn at the ready because Guildhall’s Free Film Festival returns for 2019 in the centre of Exeter. On Friday 30th August, take your seat around their amphitheatre and prepare to be entertained by a packed schedule of daytime family favourites and evening blockbuster classics, continuing through to Saturday 31st August. There will also be plenty for you to nibble on during the screenings, whether you fancy something from their Street Food Market or opt for a takeout picnic from one of their restaurants. Keep your eyes peeled for the film schedule which is coming soon!
If Exeter Cathedral’s grand exterior and interior doesn’t grab your little one’s attention, then their selection of affordable summer holiday activities will. From Urban Forest School to craft drop in sessions, there is so much to keep the children entertained. What’s best, you can have hours of fun running around on the Cathedral Green afterwards!
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, Exeter Library is hosting lots of space themed activities throughout summer. Your child can get immersed in science history, and future, with activities including story time with Jo Earlam and her book Archie the Space Dog, make a space ship in a craft workshop, get involved with FABLAB and create a laser-cut space themed keyring or a 3D printed glow-in-the-dark alien, and even get up close and personal with Exmoor Zoo’s ‘Alien Creatures’.
Head to Exeter’s multi-artform venue, Exeter Phoenix, for something different this summer holiday. From independent movies perfect for the whole family at Studio 74, their solar panelled cinema, to animation, sewing, art and craft workshops – you can sign your kids up to sculpt a selfie or make a pompom cupcake garland during the break. Don’t forget family theatre either, including a show inspired by a classic children’s book by Quentin Blake, or Exeter Phoenix’s Big Screen in the Park. Future palaeontologists will love watching Jurassic Park under the stars, especially when you can pre-order a picnic to share with the family there from the venue’s onsite café.
Summer Explorers is back! RAMM’s popular programme of family activities returns for a second year. Once again adventurous young visitors will have the opportunity to rise through the ranks of the Summer Explorers’ club, having fun and taking part in a diverse range of family activities in order to earn their Ultimate Explorer medal. Becoming a Summer Explorer is easy, simply pick up one of their Summer Explorer leaflets from the museum and take part in designated events happening throughout the summer holidays. Rise up the ranks to Ultimate Explorer with activities including African drumming, shelter building, and a workshop with author Laura Wall. You can even earn your Bronze Arts Award in a week at the RAMM this summer!
That’s not all, keep up to date with everything that is happening in Exeter this summer by visiting our What’s On page here: https://www.inexeter.com/whats-on/