Exeter – You May Enjoy The Month Of May!

Is it really May already? We are heading towards summer (and snap General Election to boot!) It’s also time to stop eating those Easter leftovers- but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself this month. As well as studying and revising for upcoming exams, Downing Students believe that May is a great month to go out and socialise too. You can start soaking in the Vitamin D from the sun as the British weather will just get better and better.

Not only that, there are some fantastic new releases and activities this month you can enjoy in that all-important down time. Keep some time back for reading a brand new book, soak up some cool sounds at a local gig, watch a new movie (with popcorn, naturally!) and grab a too-good-to-miss student meal deal at a cool café or restaurant in the town.

Don’t worry, our Exeter team of experts have the month of May all sorted out for you!

Book release- Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

2nd May

The long awaited follow up to Paula Hawkins’ best seller and global phenomenon, The Girl On The Train, is here. It is with the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that the writer delivers a gripping and compelling read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

More information about Into The Water can be found here.

Album release- I Can Spin A Rainbow by Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

5th May

I Can Spin A Rainbow marks the first full-length collaboration between Palmer and Ka-Spel, founding member of visionary Anglo-Dutch band The Legendary Pink Dots and one of her greatest artistic heroes. The album is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for Palmer, an avowed fan of Ka-Spel and the Legendary Pink Dots since discovering their psycho-theatrical, multi-textural work in her teens.

Recorded largely on Ka-Spel’s computer, I Can Spin A Rainbow is a truly collaborative effort, “a spiritual experience,” says Palmer, in which both artists’ stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became totally meshed with loops, melancholy piano, and unusual rhythms. The results range from the enchantingly minimal The Clock at the Back of the Cage and the album-opening track Pulp Fiction which is both mysterious and broadly theatrical.

More information about I Can Spin A Rainbow can be found here.

Theatre- Norman Lovett – Barnfield Theatre

10th May

This show is a must for all your Red Dwarf fanatics out there! Deadpan comedian Norman was well into his thirties before he decided to become a stand-up comedian. He played the original Comedy Store many times and even supported the Clash, one of the personal highlights of his career.

Television and radio followed a few years later, bringing with it the role for which he is best known, that of “Holly“, the ships’ computer in the BBC hit sitcom Red Dwarf (series 1,2, 7 and 8)

After Red Dwarf, Norman had his own BBC2 sitcom called “I, Lovett“, in which he played an eccentric inventor (also called Norman) and appeared in Bill Bailey’s sketch show, “Is It Bill Bailey? “He appeared as Dr. Lovett in the short-lived sitcom “Asylum”.  You know what to expect. Eccentric and superbly deadpan and very very funny!

To find out more go here.

Film release- Alien: Covenant

12th May

Director Ridley Scott continues to terrify us all over again with the latest instalment of his iconic Alien sci-fi horror franchise:  Alien: Covenant. The film chronicles the voyage of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a distant planet, whose crew makes a terrible discovery. They’re undertaking the first large-scale colonisation mission, and their new world was supposed to be a paradise.

But in reality, it’s a hell: as the crew discover threats and creatures more horrific than they can imagine, their quest for a new home quickly turns into a desperate attempt to escape.

More information about Alien: Covenant can be found here.

Concert- Ward Thomas at Lemon Grove

18th  May

Ward Thomas are an English country duo from Hampshire, formed of 23 year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas. The band has been called “Britain’s first country stars”. Along with The Shires, they are producing modern country music with a British twist in a genre dominated by American singers and bands. ‘Cartwheels’ their second studio album became the first album by a UK country act to reach number One on the UK Albums Chart.

More information about this gig can be found here.

Nightclub-  Timepiece


Timepiece bills itself as ‘Exeter’s half decent nightclub’! Tatler allegedly calls it “the easiest place to pull in Europe”. Self-deprecating or not, this one is worth a visit. This is a lively and vibrant club and bar set over 3 floors with a large covered beer garden and burger bar that serves up some of the best late night burgers around!

Timepiece has something different on every night including a Latin club night; Exeter’s longest running Urban night; the BIGGEST Indie/Alternative club night in the area; a Saturday to die for when the DJ’s mash it all up and a weekly student night every Wednesday.

On top of all that they have regular live music every Friday on the terrace and Saturdays at Old Timers they host both local, national and international acts that cover a range of genre’s from Indie to Ska & Punk, Post Hardcore, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Acoustic -as well as one off special events throughout the year.

More information here.

Food- Harry’s


Harry’s serves ‘quality, tasty food at affordable prices’ in relaxed surroundings. Arguably not the cheapest option but is still very affordable as a treat and is very much a student favourite thanks to the extensive menu and friendly service. Famous members of staff include Will Young who worked there in his Exeter student days. The most notorious student dish is ‘Harry’s Heart Attack’, a huge heap of ice-cream, chocolate brownie, M&Ms, and chocolate sauce. Are you up for the challenge?!

To check out the menu go here.