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Visiting the Festival

Plan Your Day

The Festival is an outdoor ticketed event taking place in the centre of Exeter across 2 adjoining sites:

Northernhay Gardens - access via Northernhay Place or from Queens Street, adjacent to Central Station.

Exeter Castle - access via Castle Street

The Festival by day is in both Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle with most features inside large marquees - so don't let any bad weather put you off!

The After Dark Music Festivals are in Exeter Castle only.  Day tickets do not include entry to After Dark events.

Tickets may be bought in advance from the Ticket Factory or in person at the Exeter Phoenix Box Office

Festival Opening Hours 

Festival by Day: 

Saturday 29th April - 10am - 6pm
Sunday 30th April - 10am - 6pm
Monday 1st May - 10am - 5pm 

After Dark Music Festival: 

Friday 28th April - 6:30pm - 11pm 
Saturday 29th April - 6pm - 11pm 
Sunday 30th April - 6pm - 10.30pm 

Click here to view our music line up for 2017 

 Step Free Access

Please note that the site has a number of steep slopes and some features have kerbed access onto grass areas.  
There are 3 steps connecting the Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle sites. For step free access between the sites, visitors need to exit the site and walk via Bailey Street.  Please ask Gate staff for details on arrival. 

Arriving by Train? Alight at Exeter Central station - then a  2 minute walk to the Northernhay Gardens site with step free access.

Park and Ride
If driving to the City, please make use of the Park and Ride service. NB this does not operate on Sunday. 

Click here to view details of routes and the timetable 

Car Parking.
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 -  Thursday 9pm, 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

Coach parking facilities are available at the Bus and Coach Station located on Paris Street. Click here to find out more and book

The festival has just a few rules: 

  • Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • No dogs permitted on site except guide 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 Festival After Dark Music Festivals in Exeter Castle. 
  • Check the weather and come prepared with SPF factor 15+ sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and clothes to cover up with  - or waterproofs!