Ikea in discussions with Exeter Council over site for new store

Rumours and rumblings about the potential arrival of Swedish giant IKEA to Exeter's growing list of big name retailers have rumbled on for years - in 2001 plans to open a store failed because the City Council was unable to identify a site of sufficient size to satisfy the retail giant's needs.

However, we could well be moving a step closer to this becoming reality. It is now believed that a site near Sandy Park and opposite Tesco has been identified as of a sufficient size and therefore the preferred site following discussions with Exeter City Council.

Steve Pettyfer, IKEA...


Event Date: 
31/03/2013 - 12:00pm
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter

GEMFEST is an indoor festival in March raising money for Brain Tumour UK/The Brain Tumour Charity.

The festival will be divided into 2 sections.

The daytime is a family orientated event and will be free of charge to attend. There will be a performing arts workshops (some of which need to be prebooked), arts and crafts, storytelling, stalls, films, facepainting, games, competitions and more. Some activities have a small charge to cover costs but most of it is free. This will run from 12-5pm. The evening runs from 6pm-2am and will be tickets only.

There will be 2...

Escot Golden Easter Egg Hunt

Event Date: 
29/03/2013 - 10:00am to 01/04/2013 - 10:00am
Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

Come and celebrate Easter at Escot and take part in our Great Golden Easter Egg Hunt.

Our Escot Easter Egg Hunt takes place every day throughout the Devon Easter holidays but at Easter itself we are adding very special golden Easter eggs.

Each golden Easter egg contains a very special prize, you could win a mini-ranger day or a really wild birthday party, a year’s free Escot entry, lunch in the Coach House Restaurant and more.

Just a few golden eggs are hidden each day on the 29, 30, 31 March and 1 April. So come along to Escot and see if you can find one!


Workshop: button making with Polymer clay

Event Date: 
16/03/2013 - 10:00am
Poltimore House, Exeter

Join Jo Hunter of West Country Creative for a one day workshop making gorgeous, tailor made buttons.

The event will take place in the warm surroundings of our studio and a light lunch and afternoon tea is included in the price.

Polymer clay is a fantastic material for making buttons. In its raw state, colours can be mixed to suit and shapes can be easily textured and moulded into a huge range of shapes and sizes. Once baked, it's machine washable and lightweight, so if you are a stitcher, carder, knitter or felter - or just enjoy learning a craft, this course is for you....

New volunteer coffee morning at Poltimore House

Event Date: 
16/03/2013 - 11:00am
Poltimore House, Exeter

Poltimore House, one of Devon's historic estates, is slowly but surely being brought back to life by the efforts of volunteers - and on the 16 March you can visit to meet the people involved and find out what part you could play in this great project.

"Your help is only limited by your (and our) imagination," explains Simon Tootell, Poltimore's Volunteer Manager.

"At 11am on 16 March we are holding a coffee morning for people who might want to volunteer with us. Our open days need guides, stewards, help to serve refreshments, and fundraisers. Our working parties welcome...

Poltimore House Estate Guided Walk

Event Date: 
17/03/2013 - 2:00pm
Poltimore House, Exeter

Meet in the Chapel at Poltimore House just before 2pm for a guided walk around part of the old estate of Poltimore House, which is currently undergoing a major restoration project.

The walk is expected to be approximately 6km. On our return to the Chapel, around 4pm, afternoon tea and cake will be served (included in the price). Dogs on leads welcome.

Book your place by emailing events@poltimore.org or by calling 01392 248938.


Thelma Hulbert Gallery: Painting the Everyday

Event Date: 
16/03/2013 - 10:00am to 27/04/2013 - 10:00am
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton

This year marks the centenary of the birth of the artist Thelma Hulbert and, as a special tribute, a collection of Thelma’s Still Life canvases will be shown at the gallery which bears her name, starting on 16 March.

In a unique exhibition exploring how different women artists see familiar everyday objects, visitors will be able to view rarely shown works by the late Thelma Hulbert alongside Still Life paintings by living contemporary artists Jessica Cooper and Vanessa Bowman.

Thelma Hulbert’s name became synonymous with Still Life subjects during her long working period (...

An evening of classical music with the BSO featuring Alexandra Soumm

Event Date: 
14/03/2013 - 7:30pm
The Great Hall, Exeter University

Enjoy an evening of outstanding classical music with the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and soloist Alexandra Soumm.

In a year that sees the Orchestra celebrate its 120th birthday, the BSO will collaborate with an array of the most exciting performers and exuberant conductors with its 2012/13 season as it continues to give world-class performances throughout the South and South West, including some iconic concerts in Exeter's wonderful Great Hall.

Programme: Dvorak: Four Savonic Dances Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances Conductor: Owain...

Exeter College Choral Society in Concert

Event Date: 
13/03/2013 - 7:00pm
The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter

This concert forms part of the 200 year celebrations of the Mint Methodist Church and features members of Exeter College's Choral Society, together with students from the College Music Academy.

The evening will include French music, including Charpentier's Te Deum and pieces by Faure. Tickets: £5, £3 conc in advance from Exeter Visitor Centre and Tickets, Dix's Field, Exeter EX1 1GF (01392 665700), or subject to availability, on the door.

Barb Jungr returns to Otterton Mill

Event Date: 
21/03/2013 - 8:00pm
Otterton Mill

She's back! Internationally acclaimed singer Barb Jungr returns to perform her new album Stockport to Memphis.

Long acknowledged as a unique interpreter of popular song and one of Britain's top singers, this award-winning performer has brought together her own writing and interpretations of material by some of her favourite songwriters in a fabulous new collection. Barb's passionate delivery, subtle arrangements, artistry and humour conveyed in a musical prism of soul, blues and jazz have earned her cult status in Europe, the US and Australia. "Superlative" (The Independent) and "...