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 Festival Party After Dark nights are in Exeter Castle only.
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 29 April10am-6pm
Sunday 30 April10am-6pm
Monday 1 May10am-5pm
Festival Party After Dark Music Festival:
Friday 28 April - 6:30pm – 11pm
Saturday 29 April - 6pm – 11pm
Sunday 30 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 kerbed access onto grass areas. Ramping is available.
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
As this is a city centre venue, there is no access to the venue for motor vehicles nor any parking on site.
We recommed using the John Lewis Car Park - Sat Nav code - EX4 6PD
LOCKING - Thursday 9pm, Fri & Sat 8.00pm, Sun 6.00pm
The Howell Road Car Park is open 24 hours EX4 4LZ
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!