The Weekend Starts Here

Fun for all in Exeter as BID launches summer event

– 26th & 27th August –


Exeter Business Improvement District (BID) will be soaking up the last of the summer with its first family friendly event right in the heart of the city. The Weekend Starts Here will offer something for everyone with a host of activities and entertainment from face painting to story-telling and live music to street performance. The event will take place in locations throughout the Exeter BID area in the city centre on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August with entertainment starting at 11.00 and running through to 15.30 each day. The Weekend Starts Here will be a free event for everyone to enjoy.


Princesshay Square will come alive on Friday 26th August with a line-up of brilliant singers. With performances by Jimmy Ireland, Melissa Bel and the fantastic Adam in the Hat aka Adam Moran, and many more, this will be a day of exceptional local talent.


Joining the ranks of musicians are Exeter based Party Paints and Balloons Inc who will be on hand on both Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August. With their huge portfolio of inspired designs, Party Paints will be on hand to create fun, versatile and colourful face painting and will be stationed on the corner of Sidwell Street and Paris Street. A family orientated entertainer, Rich of Balloons Inc is Exeter’s premium balloon specialist.  Able to rattle off an impressive array of balloon creatures to bring a smile to all ages, Rich will be stationed in between South Street and North Street.


Four amazing street performers will be dotted around the Exeter BID area throughout the Friday and Saturday. The Pigeons by Circii tells the tale of eternally curious, Mr & Mrs Pigeon as they investigate everything they come across by pecking and scratching. The Pigeons puppetry captures the many comedy moments displayed by these well-known city birds in wonderful detail. Legendary storytellers, Creature Encounter, aka Ruby Murray and Alfonso Mango will bring their outrageously comic The Flying Carpets to the streets of Exeter. These men of mystery have come from across the desert sands to charm the locals with their fantastic tales.


Megabeasts Productions are coming to town bringing their Treemendous Treants to tower over visitors. These lovable characters are a wonder to behold with attention grabbing costumes that will leave anyone awe-inspired. Meanwhile, Sir Foxley by Robin Fox is visiting Exeter all the way from Victorian England. This magician has 100 years of tricks up his sleeves and will be conjuring up a mystical journey that is sure to amaze and entrance. The performances and hilarity are planned for both Friday 26th and Saturday 27th giving families much to enjoy during their visit to the city.


As well as all the activity planned for The Weekend Starts Here, the city centre will host the Exeter Street Arts Festival brought to you by the Music In Devon initiative with a plethora of exciting live art performances across the city on Saturday 27th August.


With an array of musicians, acrobats, jugglers, artists, poets, dancers, bizarre circus acts, mimes and fantastic local bands entertaining shoppers and visitors to the city, Exeter Street Arts Festival will fill the streets with a multitude of performances between 10am and 6pm.


During the festival, passers-by are welcome to try their hand at the fabulous workshops on offer that include family friendly drop-in circus skills and dance workshops in Princesshay, interactive street theatre on Cathedral Green, and collaborative pavement art and doodle workshops. Festival goers can also watch talented graffiti artists of the South West create fantastic, colourful street art beside Exeter Phoenix in the middle of the Exeter.


Live Music hosted by Adam Moran in Princesshay Square
Friday 26th from 11:30 – 2:30
Line-up includes Jimmy Ireland and Melissa Bel
Face Painting and Balloon Artist
on Sidwell Street/Paris Street
and South Street / North Street
Street Performers The Pigeons, The Flying Carpets, Treemendous and Sir Foxley
on Fore Street, South Street, High Street, Queen Street and Sidwell Street

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