Visitor information

The Festival is an outdoor ticketed event

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Plan Your Day

The Festival is an outdoor ticketed event taking place in the centre of Exeter across two adjoining sites; Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens.

During the day, the Exeter Food Festival is held in both both Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle, with most features inside large marquees – so don’t let any bad weather put you off!

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Enjoy demos from regional chefs in the Festival Cookery Theatre, meet passionate producers in the two food pavilions, indulge in the Darts Farm foodie talks and demonstrations ; get hands on with cookery classes from Exeter Cookery School; learn at the Farm School for kids and much more.

Music has always been a hugely popular part of the festival and this year we are taking things up a notch. In addition to live bands throughout the day at the food festival, the 3 Exeter Beats evening gigs on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th have brilliant headliners ready to entertain the crowds plus plenty of local street food and drinks.

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates on the Festival timetable. Or you can download it here.

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Please note; the Exeter Beats evening gigs are held in Exeter Castle only. Day tickets do not include entry to Exeter Beats evening events.


For step free access between the sites, visitors need to exit the site and go via Bailey Street.

Please ask Gate staff for details on arrival.

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.

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

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

We recommed :

John Lewis Car Park – Sat Nav code – EX4 6PD

LOCKING –   Fri & Sat 8.00pm, Sun 6.00pm


Guildhall Car Park – locked at midnight  – Sat Nav Code – EX4 3HP

Other City Centre options can be viewed here

Facilities are available at the Bus and Coach Station located on Paris Street.

Click here to find out more and book

The festival has just a few rules

  • Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  • No dogs permitted on site except guide dogs

  • Only food and drink purchased on site may be consumed on site

  • Tickets are non-transferable

  • Day tickets do not include access to the Festival After Dark Music Festivals in Exeter Castle

  • Check the weather and come prepared with SPF factor 15+ sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and clothes to cover up with  – or waterproofs!

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