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Event Venues in Exeter and the surrounding area

Kaja Pecnik at Exeter's Cygnet Theatre in Nov 2014 Kaja Pecnik at Exeter's Cygnet Theatre in Nov 2014

Exeter Barnfield Theatre

This dedicated city centre theatre is home to local, regional, national and international drama, live music and comedy performances. Youth group productions, one-act plays, visiting professional artists like Clare Teal, drama companies and a traditional pantomime feature in the annual programme of events. Regular events like Monkey Music for under 5s, The Barnfield Music Club (first Friday of every month) and Green Banana Drama Workshops foster and encourage new talent. 

Website: Barnfield Theatre

Exeter Corn Exchange

This popular city centre venue hosts many events. These include regular comedy club nights, musical events s and dance evenings. Their regular jive, ceroc and ballroom dancing evenings attract very large audiences with opportunities for newcomers to learn new steps in a friendly environment. This venue has an excellent name for both top comedy, blues and folk acts. Omid DjaliliJimmy Carr, Fairport Convention, Tommy Emmanual and Acoustic Strawbs have all performed here recently. For a programme contact 01392 665866.

Website: Exeter Corn Exchange

Cygnet Theatre

A small but well-loved theatre where the Cygnet Theatre Academy is based. From Feydeau farces to modern drama, from Shakespeare plays to musicals, these enthusiastic actors in training always give 100%. Visiting artists and theatre companies also perform here.

Website: Cygnet Theatre

Exeter Northcott

The Exeter Northcott is located on the University campus, a 20 minute walk or short drive from the city centre. A very good selection of events take place here from plays by Ibsen and Shakespeare, light-hearted theatre, dance, touring operas, classical concerts, comedy and some local amateur productions. For more information about this theatre please follow the link to their website below:

Website: Exeter Northcott Theatre

Exeter Phoenix

This contemporary arts and media venue presents live music, art, dance, comedy and spoken word from regional, national and international artists. If you want to relive the 70s, this is the place to see your heroes of yesteryear. Ten Years After, The Hamsters, Chris Farlowe and Peter Green have all performed here in recent years. Exeter Phoenix also runs arts and media courses, shows film, holds exhibitions in its various gallery spaces, provides conference space and is one of the main venues for the annual Vibraphonic, Laugh out Loud and Animated Exeter festivals. It is also the venue for the annual Analogue to Digital Music Expo.

Website: Exeter Phoenix

The Bike Shed Theatre

Exeter's newest theatre. Situated at the top of Fore Street, in the heart of the city centre, this small theatre stages quality drama throughout the year. Its cocktail bar is very popular.

Website: The Bike Shed Theatre

University Great Hall

A venue used for large events. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have put on concerts here as have groups like Show of Hands. The Kaiser Chiefs performed here in February 2013.


The large arena, about 5 miles outside the city has occasional large concerts. The Scissor Sisters performed here several years ago. Westpoint also hosts the annual Devon County Show each May, an annual Holiday on Ice Show and regular Antiques and Trade Fairs. For a full events programme ring 01392 446000

Website: Westpoint Arena


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