Entertainment in Exeter

Exeter is a city rich with history, culture, a thriving coastal scene and unique hidden gems, so you’re sure to find plenty to keep you occupied during your years here.

Arts & Culture

For those love arts and culture, you’ll be pleased to know the Royal Albert Memorial Museum was recently reopened following an impressive multi-million pound refurb. This iconic powerhouse holds some of the most famous artifacts from around the world, as well as local history boasting the best bits of Exeter’s story.

Another must-see is Spacex – the hidden gallery that sandwiched between the terraced buildings of Fore Street and the Quay. Art lovers will love its edgy range of modern art and its varied exhibitions which change daily.

Meanwhile, the Exeter Cathedral is a piece of history not to be missed and makes a great day out for when friends or family visit. Wander amongst the building’s magnificent architecture and soak up the bustling atmosphere. Being just an eight minute walk from our Kingfisher accommodation on Western Way, it makes the perfect lazy Sunday activity!

Music & Film

Whatever genres you’re into, there’s no shortage of live music in Exeter. Huge acts perform regularly at the city’s main venue, the Exeter Phoenix, whilst The Cavern and The Great Hall play host to many of the country’s new up-and-coming artists. Bands like Blur, Oasis, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Muse return regularly to these venues, with The Cavern being one of the places that Muse and Coldplay appeared at before they were famous. Classical music lovers will also be able to catch the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at The Great Hall, where they perform regularly.

The Exeter Picturehouse can always be depended on for a good movie; from latest box office hits to indie films and European and cult flicks. The Exeter Northcott Theatre is your go-to for pioneering stage shows performed by the top touring theatre groups in the country; not to mention independent productions and opportunities to get involved with through your uni’s drama society.

If you’re a budding improv artist, musician or playwright, you’ll want to check out the Bike Shed Theatre, which is home to the Exeter Fringe Festival and a great place to crack your way into the craft. If smaller, more intimate productions are more your thing however, The Corn Exchange is a hotspot for catching one-of-a-kind shows and fresh, up-coming talent.

Sports & Activities

With Exeter being just a half hour drive (or hour’s train) from Exmouth beach, your university years should give plenty of opportunity to get outdoors. Try your hand at jet skiing or surfing with your university’s Surf Society, or simply rent out the equipment with friends on a weekend.

The beach is also great for taking much-needed study breaks in the summer and celebrating with friends after exams are over. Many student societies often host BBQ-on-the-beach socials – these are not to be missed!

Exeter has plenty of opportunities for pushing your comfort zone and feeling the adrenaline; from one of the country’s best paintballing centers to the Quay Climbing Centre.

Meanwhile, be sure to get involved in the local sports by attending the varsity matches of your uni’s rugby, football, boxing or any other team. Even if sports aren’t really your thing, you’ll love the buzzing atmosphere and the lively team spirit. It’s also a great way to mingle with your fellow students and make new friends.