What To Do in Exeter?

Looking for ideas to help you decide what to do in Exeter, when you are out and about?

The other day we had a conversation, where we said we wanted to go out. But we weren’t sure where we wanted to go.

I’m sure this isn’t an Exeter thing, and I’m sure we’re not the only ones who struggle to decide what -family friendly activities – to go out and do? (But we can be indecisive)

To help anyone (including ourselves) decide what activities to do in Exeter, I’ve put this wheel together to help you decide.

Click on it to give it a spin…

*Other beaches are available!

What would you include in the above?

Springtime at Princesshay Exeter.

With the apparent change in seasons, hopefully there will be a change in the weather. In an attempt to welcome in Spring, Princesshay in Exeter has an event on which is looking good fun for Devon families.

The event in Princesshay begins on Friday 6th, and includes the following highlights.

  1. Street Entertainment for the whole family

Get creative and colour-in a new art installation – The Pentagon. Designed exclusively for Princesshay, this unique street-art has hand drawn cartoons and felt tips galore, all ready for colouring.

While you colour, you can enjoy the spectacle of Rainbow Stilt Dancers roaming throughout Princesshay.

  1. Style and beauty advice

Need some spring fashion inspiration? Beauty and fashion blogger Chantelle Znideric will be on hand with the latest wardrobe trends for spring. Take a break from shopping and enjoy free makeovers and advice, samples and mini treatments in the beauty area.

  1. Vintage carousel

Enjoy some nostalgic entertainment with the vintage carousel in Princesshay square. Rides cost £2 a go with 50p from each ride going to Princesshay’s charity of the year, FORCE cancer charity.

  1. Live music throughout the day

Some of Exeter’s best artists will be performing in Princesshay square – take a moment to stop and listen to some of the city’s local talent.

  1. Freebies and games 

Try the spin to win gift card game in the centre outside New Look and be in with the chance to win on-the-spot prizes.

  1. Kookybooths FREE photo booth

Grab your friends and family for a snap in the spring-inspired photo booth, with a free print for every visitor.

  1. Colourful Umbrellas

Princesshay has teamed up with In Exeter to bring the colourful umbrella installation to the city. Local shoppers and tourists can admire the bright spring coloured umbrellas in Princesshay and on Exeter High Street. Keep an eye on Princesshay’s social media for the colourful umbrella photo competition.

  1. Win a £500 gift card

Princesshay has teamed up with Heart to run a competition for two weeks from the 23rd March – 6th April.

Find the winning window in Princesshay for your chance to win, once you have found the window, you will be a step closer to winning that £500 gift card.

(A collaboration post with Princesshay)

I Like Facebook.

I have a confession to make. I like Facebook.
Well, I think I like the marketed idea behind Facebook. You know the one: The nice utopian idea of bringing people together in an online community.
The thing is, in order for people to come together, to share photos, update statuses, play games, and what ever else. Data is collected.
And that data, that’s worth something, which seems to be something that we took for granted.
Maybe we all thought our data was so general that it would have no real world impact?

Perhaps we didn’t care enough to read the fine print?
Perhaps it’s not just the data harvesting for the Donald Trump campaign?
It could also be that it was done through the use of an innocent looking quiz?
Maybe it’s that Facebook tried to sue to stop the story from getting out?
But now could be a good time to re-evaluate, and learn about our relationship with social networks? It’s not just the data we willingly give, but with the revelation that Facebook has been keeping track of calls and text messages from our phones, it’s also clear we need to seriously think about the phone apps we install.

Why I’m I going on about Facebook here? Two things; Parenting blogs seem to discuss social networks and smart phones on a regular basis. These conversations normally focus on the amount of time spent on electronic devices / social media, and if that time is healthy and safe? Should we also be discussing the information we willingly give up to large companies such as Facebook?

Secondly, parenting bloggers in general also seem to include a lot of time on Facebook, and Instagram. Perhaps this is a reminder for us all to check what we put on social networks about our families and ourselves?

I like Facebook.

But right now. I don’t trust Facebook.

Mudpie Fridays

#MySundayPhoto – Remains of Winter

“It never snows in Exeter.”
Words I’m sure I said, just a few weeks ago.

This was taken just as our second snow storm in about two weeks was thawing away.

I guess, the question is. Is it going to snow again over Easter? Or will we actually get a chance to sort out the garden?

Photalife

Last Minute Easter Bonnet Ideas

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, it is almost Easter. The season of Easter Eggs, Chocolate, Bunnies, Jesus, Easter Egg Hunts, and obviously Easter Bonnet Parades.

Perhaps, I have a greater selective memory of my childhood then I remembered – but this whole Easter Bonnet Parade thing seems a bit new to me. Isn’t it a just bunch of decorated hats – that may or may not have an Easter connection to the said decoration? (I can hear the pitchforks being sharpened)

Well as its the season (and I may have an Easter Bonnet to make tomorrow), here’s Dads Sofa list of Last Minute Easter Bonnet Ideas. (Be warned these may or may not be serious)

Lego Easter Bunny

Glue the bunny to the hat! At least the wearer would get the respect of any Lego loving teachers! Downside.

You’ve just glued a perfectly good piece of Lego to a hat.

(Find the bunny in your local Sainsburys, or the Lego website)

Something about Death.

Instead of a colourful Lego bunny, your Easter Bonnet could be more of a mood scene, and be a diorama showcasing the death of Jesus.

With this from Amazon. (affiliate link)

Even though… I’m not sure if Jesus was really that white! Besides, as an idea this could be more “Good Friday” then “Easter”?

Grass

Know someone who is going to glue some moss to a hat? Go one better, and fix some grass to the top of your child’s head hat.

Really complete the picture by throwing a few of those yellow plastic chicks in amongst the grass.

Embrace Nature

Similar to the above, but somehow balance and keep an actual chick on top of the Easter Bonnet*.

*I’m kidding! Don’t do this, that’s cruel!

Easter Eggs

Lets see how the kids really do behave at school!

What would happen if an Easter Bonnet had loads of chocolate attached to it? You could also have a bet with other parents to see how much of the chocolate survives ?

Well, they’re some of my ideas at the top of my head – sadly I’m not sure if my daughter would like most of those. Lets see what we end up making. Have you got any ideas for decorating an Easter Bonnet?

 

What My Fridge Says

#MySundayPhoto – Tranquil Colours of Knightshayes

One of many tranquil places we found at the National Trust – Knightshayes estate. These flowers growing, were in the perfect position to catch the sun as it shone over the hill, and through the trees.

We didn’t have time to check it out as much as we’d like, but if you’re in the Tiverton / Devon area, I’d recommend giving it an explore.

Photalife