Team at Exeter Hobbycraft celebrate new store opening

Hobbycraft, the UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer, celebrated the opening of its new store at Rydon Retail Park, Exeter on Saturday with a host of crafting activities, product offers and goody bags for the first 100 customers who walked through the doors.

The store officially opened on Wednesday 1st September, whilst the grand store opening event took place on Saturday 4th September at 9.00am, attended by the Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Trish Oliver.

The new Hobbycraft colleagues were on hand to provide their expertise and encourage locals to master a new craft or...

Exeter Craft Festival cancelled

Exeter Craft Festival cancelled

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 04/17/2021 - 10:07am

With great disappointment and sadness, the volunteer committee that organises the renowned annual Exeter Craft Festival has announced that the Festival will not take place this year.

The current Chairman, Madeleine Millington said: "We were very hopeful earlier in the year, with the roll-out of the vaccination programme, that we would be able to stage the Festival in July, but after careful consideration, we feel that there is still insufficient guidance as to the safety of doing so. Our event, which was planned for 1–3 July, would have been a matter of days after the government...

Devon Created - Exhibition of Local Crafts and Flowers

Event Date: 
30/05/2020 - 10:00am to 04/06/2020 - 3:00pm
Crediton Parish Church

Devon Created is a new and exciting festival organised by a new flower festival team at Crediton Parish Church. For over 40 years there has been a flower festival at the church. This year this exciting new venture will include local Devon crafts, each demonstrating and selling their own crafts, and including spectacular flower arrangements using flowers and materials to complement each craft. The Festival opens Saturday 30th May from 10am to 5pm, Sunday 31st May 11.30am to 5pm, Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd June 10am to 5pm and ends Thursday 4th June 10am to 3pm. Admission and Parking are...

Pulled Thread Whitework Embroidery

Stitching With Liz & Helen: Pulled Thread Whitework

Event Date: 
08/09/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG

Learn pulled thread embroidery using white thread on white linen, creating a lacy appearance with different stitches. Pulled thread embroidery, also known as drawn fabric, is a form of whitework that doesn’t involve cutting the fabric threads.

Instead, tension is used when working the stitches to draw the fabric threads together to produce a lacy effect. (Not to be confused with drawn thread embroidery, which involves cutting the fabric.) It is traditionally worked on white fabric, usually a linen evenweave, using white thread. The pulled thread kits for this class cost £28 each,...

Exeter Street Arts Festival

Event Date: 
24/08/2019 - 10:00am to 11:45pm
Exeter Phoenix

EXETER STREET ARTS FESTIVAL 2019 IS HERE! Transforming the heart of the city into a celebration of street art for all on Sat 24 August 10am – late! #exestreetarts #festival #devon

With a reputation for quality and diversity, this year’s event is set to rock the streets of the city with a free celebration of music, dance and arts throughout the day and a flamboyant after-party at Exeter Phoenix as the night falls. #ExeStreetArts hits 2019 with a line up bigger and better than ever! Taking place in various areas of the city, it’s free to attend from 10am - 7pm.

We’ll be...

Etsy Made Local Exeter - Contemporary Christmas Market

Event Date: 
01/12/2018 - 11:00am to 02/12/2018 - 3:00pm
Exeter Phoenix

This is Exeter's first ever Etsy Made Local market. Taking place at Exeter Phoenix on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, it is part of a national event that will see the biggest regional spread of markets across the UK take part. In total 54 cities across the UK will celebrate the makers, designers and collectors that sell on, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. It’s about encouraging people to look locally for this year’s Christmas gifting and connecting them to more than 40 South West Devon based makers and designers.

As well as providing the chance...

Dead On Arrival

Event Date: 
23/09/2017 - 10:00am to 05/11/2017 - 5:30pm
Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Showing national and international artist/makers whose practice involves the use of ethically-sourced, human or animal remains. Work includes jewellery, sculpture, textiles, taxidermy and photography, alongside historical artefacts lent by Plymouth Council Arts and Heritage, illustrating how artists are influenced by materials historically used to decorate and adorn.

Free entry. Open daily, 10am-5.30pm.

Exhibitors: Paul Biddle – Photography; Ellie Birkhead - Sculpture, Rebecca Black - Bovine bone jewellery; Fiona Dean - Taxidermy; Bethany Robinson - Jewellery; Stevie Leigh-...

Crafts, information and wildlife activities come to Exmouth

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:07pm

A fun-filled family day is being held on Exmouth's Maer Local Nature Reserve on Friday August 4 and East Devon District Council 's Countryside team will be there along with a number of other wildlife organisations.

The day starts at 10am where local Tai Chi instructor, Sam Forder will run a free 30 minute Tai Chi taster session.

The fun continues with a range of information and activities on offer including bug hunting, rockpooling and natural crafts. The event will have stalls from a number of organisations including the RSPB, Devon Loves Dogs and the Pebblebed Heaths...

Your guide to What's On this weekend

Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (7-9 July).


The Titfield Thunderbolt Friday & Saturday, The Blakmore Theatre, Bicton Street, Exmouth Finding that their branch railway line will be axed, the residents of the village of Titfield decide to buy the railway and run it themselves. Now they must convince the railway authorities they are competent, and complete against a planned bus service, the operators of whom are bitterly opposed to the railway campaign. Tickets £10, available by calling 07484 509514.

Exeter Craft Festival returns

Exeter's beautiful and historic Cathedral Green is the setting for the Exeter Craft Festival on 6–8 July 2017.

Stands set in individual marquees showcase the wonderful original work of over 100 talented craftsmen and artists who are based in the South West.

This three-day event is in its 42nd year, attracts thousands of visitors and, as usual, exhibitors have been screened and selected for the quality of their work.

There is a wide variety to be enjoyed.

Visitors can browse wood and metal-work, ceramics from delightful tea light seaside cottages to vibrant...