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A sneak peak in Exeter's shiny new Rockfish restaurant, not one but TWO new festivals and the latest shopping news...

New cod on the block!

The new Rockfish restaurant on Exeter Quay is FINALLY opening on 18th March (I’ve had my nose pressed against the window for weeks!) and they’re taking bookings now. I had a sneak peak on Friday night and it definitely rocks! The sixth Rockfish in seafood guru Mitch Tonks’ chain, this new eatery has the signature beach-shack vibe but with a side helping of city style. Bespoke designed and built for the purpose, it’s lined with floor to ceiling glass walls which slide back to let in the breeze (roll on summer) offering sparkly views out onto the water – a reminder of where that fishy on your dishy came from. I’ll be writing up my review just as soon as I’ve wiped the oyster juice off my sticky fingers (and erm, trousers)…

New beach festival ahoy!

Ditch your wellies, grab your flip-flops, there’s a brand new festival right here on the beach! Brought to you by the music-makers of Perranporth’s Tunes in the Dunes just over the border in Muddy Cornwall’s patch, Tunes on the Sands  lands on 12-14 July at Blackpool Sands near Dartmouth. Headliners include The Proclaimers, UB40 and KT Tunstall and when you’re all danced out, you can camp out under the stars in the fields overlooking the beach.

Book your tickets here

Tunes in the castle

Tunes in the Castle (same Tunes, different place) rolls up at Powderham Castle near Exeter on 3-4 August. Powderham hosted Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2016 but this promises to be a much more eclectic affair, with a mix of jousting, a silent disco in a forest, hot tubs and a gin garden along with so far confirmed acts Scouting for Girls, Pixie Lott, rappers Sugarhill Gang, Hayseed Dixie, country and western duo Ward Thomas and Lucy Spraggan.

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Wave goodbye, say hello…

Grab the tissues – last week the Exeter branch of Reiss in Princesshay announced it was to close, taking its silky blouses, bodycon dresses and sparkly clutch bags with it (nooooo!). In the past few years, Hobbs, Karen Millen and East (and more) have all closed in the troubled shopping precinct but there’s a silver lining (and we do like a nice lining)… Word on the street is there are plans afoot to relocate to a smaller store but still in Princesshay (yayyyy!), possibly just round the corner to one of the vacant plots.

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