Term two is underway, Christmas is a distant memory and it’s so dark that by half five you want to get into bed and call it a day. Never fear – here are some of Exeter’s finest offerings for February and March to keep you occupied until the sun actually decides to come out again.
The phoenix hosts art exhibitions, music, performances and is a great independent cinema to boot. 1917, Waves and Portrait of a Lady on Fire are just a few of the amazing films the phoenix has lined up for the next few weeks and students can get tickets for just £5 – much cheaper than most Exeter cinemas. From Valentine’s Day onward, there is a solo exhibition by London artist Cherelle Sappleton which explores race, gender and the female body. Or if you’re a Killing Eve fan, snap up a ticket for a talk on 27 February about what truly makes a psychopath, led by an expert who helped consult on the hit show.
Exeter Farmers Market
If you just want to buy some fresh fruit and veg or fancy trying some new food, go have a wander around the market! It’s a great way to support local businesses and try some new foods. You can find it every Thursday from 9am-2pm on the junction of South Street and Fore Street (aka just past McDonald’s).
Red Panda Asian Food
Nestled in Gandy Street, this is an underrated gem of Exeter. The shop itself is tiny but at the weekends you’ll find people queuing down the street just to get a taste. From bao buns to rice and salad boxes, there’s something for everyone. The shop also prides itself on being as eco-friendly as possible, buying ingredients from local producers and taking steps to minimise its environmental impact.
The Real McCoy
Everyone knows about Sobeys but go down Fore Street and you’ll find The Real McCoy tucked away in the arcade. Here you’re sure to find loads of 80’s garms, vintage Levi’s and an almost alarming number of shearling jackets – happy thrifting!
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Just past Las Iguanas on Queen Street, the RAMM is free to enter and has loads of exhibits ranging from the pre-historic era to the present day. The RAMM’s World Cultures galleries display materials and art from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific islands, such as beaded Maasi-style collars and war drums. There’s often temporary exhibitions on too, so it’s worth popping in if you find yourself with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon.
Amnesty Clothes Swap
On 9 February, Exeter University Amnesty International Society is holding a clothes swap in the Lemon Grove, 1-4pm. Whether you bring along some clothes you no longer wear or just turn up ready to have a rummage, it’s an easy and sociable way to do your bit for the planet!
If you’ve exhausted all the options in town and fancy doing some water sports instead of doing your work, head down to the Quayside and have a go at paddle boarding! Lots of companies offer it, whether you want to go on a guided tour of the river or just have a bit of fun on the water.
Exeter’s Chilli, Cheese, Chocolate and Coffee Festival
The biggest event to hit Double Locks since Hijacked, the festival aims to celebrate Devon’s delicious food and drink, with a focus on (you guessed it) chilli, cheese, chocolate and coffee. Held on 21 March, you can expect lots of food, live music, and even an eating competition! You can always nip into the pub for a rest afterwards.
– Miranda Parkinson