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Visiting the Festival

Festival Opening Times:
Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2015
10am - 6pm (5pm on Sunday)

Festival After Dark Party Nights:
Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th & Saturday 25th
Exeter Castle only
Thursday 6.30pm til 11pm;  Friday & Saturday - 6pm til 11pm

N.B Producer stalls and activities in Northernhay Gardens are not open during the Festival After Dark Party.  Day Tickets do not include entrance to the Festival After Dark Party Nights.

There are 3 entrances:
Northernhay Gardens - 1) via Queen Street  2) via Northernhay Place

3) Exeter Castle via Castle Street

Disabled Access:
Step free access to the Festival is via all 3 entrances. However, please note that the only step free access between the 2 sites is outside of the Festival grounds via Bailey Street.
Please note there are steep hills up to each gate.  The Festival is in a public garden with some uneven pathways and kerbed edges with ramps into features on grass.

Admission Policy:
Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the gate.
Last daytime ticket sold one hour before closure.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
No dogs will be allowed on site, except guide dogs.
Only food and drink purchased on site may be consumed on site.
No football colours permitted on site.

Travelling to the Festival:
The Festival takes place in Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens, both easily accessible from the centre of Exeter.

Parking:  As there is no parking on site, we recommend the John Lewis car park for visitor parking.  Post code - EX4 6PD

By Train: Nearest rail station is Exeter Central.  Exit left from the station and immediately left into Northernhay Gardens (Queen Street entrance)

If you're planning to visit the Festival why not come by bus?

Park & Ride:  For those wanting to maximise their time and enjoyment at the Festival, we would highly recommend using the city's four Park & Ride facilities. Visit Devon County Council's website for more details and to download the Park and Ride map.

Travelling within Exeter
Stagecoach South West's frequent city services will drop you in Queen Street (D and H) or in the High Street (all services), both of which are convenient for Northernhay Gardens. Buses run late into evening, allowing you to relax, enjoy your day and get home easily afterwards.

Travelling from outside of Exeter
All buses from outside Exeter finish at the bus station which is only a 5 minute walk from the food festival. Many of the routes run through the evening with some, such as the Hop2, operating past 11pm.

Which ticket do you need for travel in Exeter?
Exeter Dayrider     £ 3.60            A day of unlimited travel within Exeter
Adult Explorer        £ 7.50        A day of unlimited travel on all Stagecoach South West buses
Family Explorer     £15.00        As above, for up to 2 adults and 3 children travelling together
Kid for a quid        £ 1.00        Buy a child add on after 9.30 on weekdays and anytime at the weekend and make your ticket go further

Terms and conditions apply. For ticket information and timetables visit

Sun Protection:
Come prepared with SPF factor 15+ sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and clothes to cover up.  This is an outdoor event and you can get burnt in as little as 10 minutes.

Make the most of Devon & Exeter:
While you're in the Devon why not explore further - visit local attractions, get involved in activities and find things to do throughout Devon:

Here are some handy links: