Exeter thrives on community spirit and a strong reputation for collaboration
Exeter is committed to being a healthy and active city with culture embedded as standard to enable people to live their lives well, in the ways that matter to them.
We are already the South West's most active city, Exeter is a vibrant and diverse city built on community spirit. With an eclectic mix of indie businesses and a strong reputation for collaboration Exeter is a place in which you can live a good life, whilst doing good business.
An international airport, high speed rail link with London and good road links mean it is a well-connected city, yet it is surrounded by green space. Dartmoor National Park lies to the west and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretch to the east. Its location on the River Exe offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure, and it is officially the South West's most active city.
Exeter thrives on community spirit, with a diverse mix of indie businesses and a strong reputation for collaboration. World-class food & drink is produced locally and is proudly featured on menus at cafes and restaurants across the city.
“A city of courage and ambition”
Anna Cohn Orchard - Why Exeter?
Exeter is officially a UNESCO City of Literature – a permanent global designation given on account of Exeter’s literary past, and its future. And whilst it’s an impressive title, somebody needs to bring it to life, to tell people about it and to make sure that it lives up to its promise of genuinely being a literary city - telling stories on a global scale. That person is Anna Cohn Orchard, the City of Literature’s inaugural director.Find out more
Emma Dunn - Why Exeter?
Emma Dunn holds the title of Director of Programme and Projects at the institution, and, as somebody who moved to the area from London, is well placed to talk about Exeter and the concept of it being ‘the brilliant alternative’.Find out more
Emma Kessie - Why Exeter
As duty manager at the Isca Centre, Emma Kessie is well known in Exeter communities and over the past decade has helped hundreds of people to get fitter and feel healthier.Find out more
Nikki Fairclough - Why Exeter
August sees Exeter’s first ever rooftop market festival - ‘Guildfest’, so it seemed like a great opportunity to get to know the woman behind it all – Nikki Fairclough, Marketing and Customer Experience Manager at Guildhall Shopping and Queen St Dining.Find out more
Moths to a Flame
An Exeter primary school will have a presence at the hugely anticipated international climate change conference, COP26, with a unique environmental art installation which is part of a nationwide project entitled ‘Moths to a Flame'Find out more
Danny Harris - City Community Trust’s NCS Scheme
Exeter Live Better is all about discovering the ways in which people and communities in Exeter, live better. Something that to us epitomises ‘living better’ is the concept of the National Citizenship Service (NCS), run locally by wellbeing charity, Exeter City Community Trust.Find out more
With so much change taking place in Exeter, it’s comforting to see that some institutions remain the same. Looking after us generation after generation, Courtneys Butchers Shop in St Thomas will be familiar to many residents - offering locally reared meat to the Exeter community for over 60 years.Find out more
Wayne Carlisle - Why Exeter
Wayne lives with his wife and two sons in Rockbeare, just outside Exeter but actually grew up in Lisburn, Northern Ireland until he was 16 when he moved to play for Crystal Palace. Following stints living in Bristol and Chelmsford, he settled in Exeter in 2006 and has been here ever since.Find out more
Hannah Overton - Why Exeter
But have you ever given any thought to what goes on behind the scenes at Princesshay? One member of the team beavering away in the background is Hannah Overton - marketing and commercial manager at Princesshay. We decided to have a chat with her to discover her #Exeterstory.Find out more
Hutch Houseplants' Brand New Shop
Hutch took Exeter by storm when it opened in Paris Street back in 2017 and whilst the impending lockdown provided its own set of challenges, as it did for all retail businesses, Hutch has continued to go from strength to strength ever since.Find out more
Mr Singh - Why Exeter
If you’ve ever walked past or visited the Heera International Supermarket, in Well Street, the chances are that you’ll remember the smells rather than anything else. Whether it’s their huge range of wonderful spices or the freshly baked samosas or bhajis, this place is a truly tantalising taste sensation!Find out more
Men in Sheds
Run by Age UK Exeter, the Men in Sheds workshop in Wardrew Road, offers men over the age of 50 the opportunity to undertake a range of activities, adapting, fixing or making products to sell in the shop, or at other events to raise money for their ongoing running costs.Find out more
The Bird House
The Birdhouse will be recognisable to many of you. This pretty, former gatehouse sitting proudly in the green space of Pinces Gardens has been ignored for some years, and it was during lockdown in 2020, that local resident Abbe Martin had the idea to turn it into a community space and café.Find out more
Exeter - A city full of ambition
St Sidwell’s Point will be one of the world’s most energy efficient leisure centres. It will be the first leisure centre in the UK built to the super energy efficient Passivhaus standard, which is expected to eventually save up to 70 per cent on annual energy costs. Due to ultra-filtration, the pools will have exceptional water quality with minimal chemical content, which will greatly improve the experience for swimmers compared to a standard pool. The landmark building is a grand design that has been modelled to withstand predicted changes in climate conditions up to 2080.Find out more
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Exeter is passionate about sport. As a Host City to the Rugby World Cup 2015, it is firmly on the map as a premier sporting destination. There is also a rich variety of amateur and grass roots sport to be enjoyed, helping its residents to live healthier and happier lives.Find out more
Exeter Chiefs have developed rapidly to become one of the biggest and best rugby clubs in Europe. The opportunity to catch them in action at their home ground of Sandy Park is not to be missed.Find out more
Watch the Grecians in action at St James Park, right in the heart of the city.Find out more