Round up the gang for a day-trip to the Devon capital this December for a festive fix of indie shopping, local history and seasonal indulgences
The tribe of traditional wooden chalets return to the Cathedral Green from November 16 – December 17, offering quirky gifts and artisan products for curious Christmas shoppers to browse and buy.
Weighed down with prezzies and greedy goodies for the festive break, sniff out bratwurst sizzling on hot coals and mugs of spicy mulled wine to warm chilly fingers from the hub of foodie huts. Scoff your haul to the cords of local groups belting Christmas classics and festive tunes from the bandstand, or seek shelter in one of the nearby Queen St Dining Quarter restaurants.
Escape the Christmas shopping chaos at pavement level with a guided tour of Exeter’s historic underground passages. Built in medieval times to house the fresh water pipes, the dark and narrow tunnels are steeped in history.
If you prefer your antiquity above ground, the RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) is full of wonderful artefacts for all the family. The collection boasts both local treasures and pieces from afar, while the shop offers further present inspiration.
Exeter’s proud of its band of independent businesses. Head to cobbled Gandy Street to stock up on indulgent chocs and stocking fillers for future foodies at Chococo, beautiful handmade jewellery at Silver Lion and eclectic homewares at Moko.
Nearby Fore Street also waves the flag for indie retailers. Fill the fridge with local IPAs and regional ales at Hops + Crafts before nipping next door for your specialist tea fix at Artisan Chai. Across the road No Guts No Glory is an emporium of inspirational design pieces and house plants.
Find further inspiration at www.visitexeter.com.