Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink & Exeter Beats

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Friday May 4th – Monday May 7th 2018
Exeter Castle & Northernhay Gardens

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  Day Ticket - ( 10-6 Sat & Sun, 10-5 Mon Only)

Monday Adult Day
Valid 10am-5pm
Monday VIP Day
Valid 10am-5pm
Monday Child Day (5-15 Years)
Valid 10am-5pm
Monday Child Day (Under 5 Years)
Valid 10am-5pm

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The Festival is an annual event held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, kicking off with the Exeter Beats opening night in Exeter Castle from 6.45pm on Friday 4 May.

Exeter Beats Music Festival: 4, 5 and 6 May 2018 
This year we are pumping up the music all day and into the night! Enjoy live bands, whilst enjoying a drink from the Festival Bar, and delicious street food from the host of stalls serving food and drink . Music will feature throughout the weekend, plus 3 extra  evening gigs in Exeter Castle. Book an Exeter Beats or a combined ticket to stay late into the night!

Friday 4 May  -   Mad Dog McRae  plus support
Saturday 5 May - One Step Behind - Madness tribute act  :  The Brass Funkeys  plus support
Sundary 6 May - David Live - David Bowie tribute act ;  Soul Funktion  plus support

Food Festival - from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 May 2018. 
Learn from local chefs in the Festival Cookery Theatre, buy from local producers in the 3 Large Food Pavilions selling a mouth watering array of food and drink. Join in the fun with demos, tastings and educational sessions in the Darts Farm Food is Fun Teepees with demonstrations and hands on activites for children.  See the experts baking up some great dishes in the Westcountry Bakery feature, join in the Exeter Cookery School family cooking classes and so much more.  Plus top live music  throughout the day at Exeter Beats in Exeter Castle.

VIP Extras

  • The Festival Cookery Theatre front row seat (subject to availability)
  • Exclusive access to the VIP Lounge sponsored by Old Mutual Wealth
  • 2 x complimentary drinks each day
  • Mini spa treatment (subject to availability)

Important Information 

  • Music will feature in Exeter Castle throughout the day.
  • Day tickets do not include the Exeter Beats evening gig
  • Combined Tickets include the daytime festival and Exeter Beats evening gig on the same day
  • Exeter Beats – Saturday and Sunday tickets include entry to the Food festival from 4pm (non transferable)
  • All prices include UK VAT
  • Tickets are per person and are non transferable
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • No Dogs except Guide Dogs

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Starts: Friday, May 4th 2018 at 6:45pm
Ends: Monday, May 7th 2018 at 5:00pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: May 7th 2018


Exeter Castle & Northernhay Gardens
United Kingdom

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Northernhay Gardens - access via Northernhay Place or Queens Street, adjacent to Central Station.
Exeter Castle - access via Castle Street

The Festival by day is in both Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle with most features inside large marquees - so don't let any bad weather put you off!

The evening Exeter Beats Music Festivals are in Exeter Castle only.  
Day tickets do not include entry to the evening Exeter Beats Music Festival.
Saturday and Sunday - Exeter Beats Music Festival tickets allow access to Northernhay Gardens from 4-6pm on same day

Step Free Access

Please note that the site has a number of steep slopes and some features have kerbed access onto grass areas.  

There are 3 steps connecting the Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle sites. For step free access between the sites, visitors need to exit the site and walk via Bailey Street.  Please ask Gate staff for details on arrival. 


Arriving by Train? Alight at Exeter Central station - then a 1 minute walk to the Northernhay Gardens site with step free access.


Park and Ride
If driving to the City, please make use of the Park and Ride service. NB this does not operate on Sunday. 

Click here to view details of routes and the timetable 


Car Parking.
As this is a city centre venue, there is no access to the venue for motor vehicles nor any parking on site.

We recommed the following car parks.  Please check for closure times:
John Lewis Car Park – locked at 9.45pm - Sat Nav code - EX4 6PD 
Guildhall Car Park - locked at midnight  - Sat Nav Code - EX4 3HP
Other City Centre options can be viewed here



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