Curious About Exeter

Curious About Exeter - quirky heritage walks for the Curious!

Event Date: 
04/06/2021 - 10:00am to 29/10/2021 - 6:00pm
Exeter City Centre, starting Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX4 3RY

Have fun (re-)discovering Exeter, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks - a safe, fun and affordable way to enjoy some fresh air. Buy in printed booklet or instant download format (to print at home or use directly on up to three mobile devices) from https://www.curiousabout.co.uk/exeter.html and explore in your own time. Use code: Exeter15 for 15% off all Curious About walks.

Curious About Exeter visits not just the obvious places, but some unusual ones too, with hidden treasures to discover. Suitable for all ages, the...

The Henry Bagwell Story by Margaret A Rice

The Henry Bagwell Story

Family historian's success: First book to be published in USA

Ten years ago Margaret Rice set out to research the history into the Chappell family, who were merchants and mayors of Exeter during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Thomas Chappell was mayor of Exeter in 1588, and is Rice’s direct ancestor.

One of Thomas’s grandsons, Henry Bagwell (born in 1589) was a passenger in 1609 on a ship called the Sea Venture, part of a fleet of ships bringing supplies and colonists to the struggling settlement known as James Fort, later Jamestown, England’s first permanent colony in...

Guided Walking Tour of The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook, Ipplepen, South Devon

Event Date: 
09/06/2021 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook, Ipplepen, South Devon

This is a small group (10 people), guided walking tour of The Italian Garden at Great Ambrook.

Explore the garden, see the work in progress, and learn about its unique story, its creators and our restoration plans.

The garden is a not-for-profit charitable interest company and all proceeds are reinvested in the restoration and replanting of the garden.

Full details and directions on our website www.theitaliangarden.org

Booking essential.

Tickets available by clicking on “Book Tickets“ below. Price: £5 Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Thomas Shapcot (aka Jeremy James Taylor MBE) reads the Royal Charter from King James 1st

Incorporation of Weavers Fullers and Shearmen celebrate 400th anniversary of granting of Royal Charter by King James I

On 3rd August 1620, a sizeable crowd gathered in Fore Street, Exeter in front of Tuckers Hall to greet Thomas Shapcot who had journeyed from London on horseback bearing the Royal Charter granted by King James 1 to allow the Weavers Fullers and Shearmen of the City to become an Incorporation. This charter gave the Incorporation the seal of approval to become a self-governing body in order to protect the trades and mysteries of cloth-making from outside influences, who had interfered and reduced the quality of Exeter Cloth, affecting the reputation, reducing demand and the price to an...

Do you have a history that dates back to the first Devon County Show?

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 01/30/2020 - 11:24am

The Devon County Agricultural Association staged its first ever Devon County Show in May in 1872 at Victoria Park, Exeter. Despite a torrential downpour, which almost washed the President’s luncheon guests out of his marquee, that first show was a great success. Over 25,000 people attended to admire the 500 livestock on show, and marvel at more than 800 machinery exhibits. Over the years, the show has moved from venue to venue, changed dates and duration and grown to a size almost beyond recognition. But one thing that has always remained a constant is the Show’s enduring commitment to...

Curious About Exeter - quirky heritage walks for the Curious!

Event Date: 
10/01/2020 - 10:30am to 31/12/2020 - 4:00pm
Exeter City Centre, Starting from: Northenhay Gardens, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RY

Have fun discovering Exeter with two, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.

Are you curious about Exeter? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Exeter a fascinating place to explore!

With detailed directions, maps, clues, and interesting snippets about the history of Exeter and the people that have shaped it, whether you’...

WITCH - a historical drama

Event Date: 
02/10/2019 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Alicia's Cultural Delights, 1 Station Road, Pinhoe, Exeter, EX1 3SA

WITCH - an original historical drama presented by Circle of Spears Productions.

Thomas Latimer has accused his destitute neighbour Margery Scrope of witchcraft after tragedy hits his family. Is Margery really guilty - or does Latimer have a darker agenda? And what will magistrate Sir William Tyrell make of the case?

This is a play about witch trials that contains neither a trial nor any witchcraft. It focuses on the human story behind such accusations, so there are no familiars, broomsticks or devil-pacts - just people, and what they are capable of doing to each other....

More exciting opportunities to celebrate Exeter City Football Club’s incredible history announced

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 09/02/2019 - 12:15pm

An exciting series of exhibitions, films and events celebrating the incredible history of Exeter City Football Club has been announced.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, a third funding award from The National Lottery Heritage Fund will support the creation of several new events, including the ECFC Museum Trust photography exhibition, which charts the visual history of the club from the post-war era to the present day.

The exhibition, due to be held in the Park building, has been made possible thanks to generous donations from the family of former ECFC...

Chudleigh Literary Festival

Event Date: 
10/07/2019 - 9:30am to 10:00pm
Chudfest Marquee, Fore St Play Park, Chudleigh, TQ13 0HZ

As promised, this year’s Chudleigh Literary Festival, due to be held on Wednesday 10th July, is going to be bigger, better and a day you will not want to miss!

Morning Session: Historical Writing Wielding his Devonshire pen to start the day in traditional fashion with a CWC workshop, Dr Todd Gray FRHistS, MBE, Historian of the County of Devon, will be digging among the archives of a writer’s imagination in a fascinating session, full of historical insights, imagery and topical ideas. Anyone who was at last year’s festival will remember how the popularity of the evening session...

WITCH - a Circle of Spears Production. Is she...or isn't she?

WITCH - an original historical drama

Event Date: 
06/04/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG

Circle of Spears Productions are bring their acclaimed play WITCH to Torbay for the first time. Based on original witness evidence from a 1687 Dorset witch trial, WITCH examines the perils of being a woman alone in the early modern era. It's an emotive piece about witchcraft trials which contains neither a trial nor any witchcraft - instead it looks at the interpersonal relationships of those involved and focuses on the human story behind such accusations. The case is examined purely from a social history perspective to highlight how easily an accusation of witchcraft could arise against...