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This year’s Exeter Summer Festival looks set to be bigger and better than ever before with an amazing line up featuring local, national and international artist. The 2010 festival will have over 40 events ranging from classical and contemporary music to comedy, dance, theatre and fireworks. Events are hosted throughout the city will be both free and paid.

If you are lucky enough to be staying in a Devon cottage between the 25th June and 10th July then the Exeter Summer Festival will be a must. With such a wide range of events on offer there is sure to be something to appeal.

Highlights from the festivals free events include the Exeter Craft Festival on Friday 2nd July & Saturday 3rd July featuring many stalls displaying wonderful crafts. The Living History Weekend takes place Friday 25th June to Sunday 27th June and aims to bring Exeter’s fascinating history to life through historical re-enactments. Opera comes to the masses on Saturday 10th July with Flash Opera Traviata a tale of forbidden love and passions played out in just 25 minutes at a number of locations in the city centre. The City of Exeter Regatta promises to bring plenty of excitement and action to the Quay on Saturday 10th July with over 400 competitors taking part in over 100 races.

Highlights of the paid events include up and coming singer song writer Ella Edmondson who plays at the Barnfield Theatre on Monday 5th July. One of Britain’s greatest orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra, will be wowing an audience at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 10th July with pieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. Comedy comes courtesy of the likes of Arthur Smith, Phil Hammond, Lucy Porter and many, many more.

The Festival comes to a close with an unforgettable Party in the Streets. Exeter city centre will be playing host to not one but four street parties on the final day. In Princesshay Square you can join in and learn some jive, salsa, breakbeat and many more dance moves. In the High Street and Bedford Square the family can enjoy street entertainment, food, drink and crafts. In Rougemont Gardens you can join Heart FM and live local bands, children’s activities and Heart Angels. In Exeter Castle grounds you can dance the night away with Phonic DJs. Then at 10.15pm no matter which party you attend you can stop and enjoy the fantastic fireworks display to round off a wonderful summer festival

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