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!

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 tips on food, nutrition and health at our new Exeter Live Better theatre; get hands on with Kids Cookery Classes 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 including top DJs 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:
Exeter Beats evening gigs are held in Exeter Castle only.
Day tickets do not include entry to Exeter Beats evening events.

Payment by card only for Exeter Beats tickets purchased on the night at the gate (subject to availability)


There are 3 steps connecting the Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle sites.
For step free access between the sites, visitors neeed to exit/enter between the Castle Street and Northernhay Place gates, 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.

If driving to the City, please make use of the Park and Ride service.

Click here to view details of routes and the timetable.  The Matford park and ride does not operate on Sunday nor on Bank Holiday Monday.

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

Northernhay Gardens is loctated adjacent to Exeter Central Station.
Trains run direct into Exeter Central Station from Exmouth, Barnstaple, Paignton and London Waterloo. Alternatively, Exeter St Davids is a 20 minute walk from the City Centre (or connecting trains to Exeter Central are available). For train times and tickets visit

The festival has just a few rules

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

  • No dogs permitted on site except assistance 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 Exeter Beats Music Festivals in Exeter Castle.
    Combined Tickets and Beats tickets available.

  • 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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