New East Devon attraction to open from Friday May 25
There’s a feast of fun, food and entertainment lined up for Exmouth Seafront this summer as the Queen’s Drive Space is to open from Spring Bank Holiday (Fri May 25) offering a great new Devon day out for all the family.
The area, a temporary venture managed by East Devon District Council and supported by Taste of the West, consists of a brand new Jurassic-themed play park, an events space featuring live performances and streamed shows from theatres around the UK, and a food village, offering the very best in high quality, local and seasonal food and drink from producers in the area.
Councillor Phillip Skinner, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, and chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration group, said:
I’m delighted that the temporary attractions at Queen’s Drive Space are now opening. Along with the big wheel, these new facilities offer something very different for residents and visitors to Exmouth seafront. Exmouth will be really buzzing with activity and is set for a great summer.
Regional organisation Taste of the West have been asked to run the food village, and are offering residents and visitors food, drink and foodie gifts from their rota of stallholders, which will keep changing all summer in a bid to constantly offer something new for visitors. Oddfellows will be providing a bar on the site all summer. The food village will be open at weekends until the summer holidays when it will be open seven days a week.
Events on the site begin on Tuesday, June 12, with an evening performance of Swan Lake, streamed live on a specially made screen, straight from The Royal Opera House in London. You can find out more about other events lined up this summer at www.queensdrivespace.co.uk
John Sheaves, Chief Executive of Taste of the West, who are running the food village said:
We are so lucky to have some of the best food producers in the country here, and our food village in Exmouth provides us with a great opportunity to show them off to potential customers this summer.
The Queen’s Drive Space is a temporary attraction on part of the nine-acre seafront redevelopment site. Phase 1 of the redevelopment - a new road and car park - is set to begin in a few months time. There is a proposal for phase two, which includes a new Watersports centre by Grenadier Estates.
Wayne Hemingway of HemingwayDesign has been appointed to develop a new vision and design for the third and final phase of development. Mr Hemingway said there is currently a great opportunity for British resorts like Exmouth. He added:
A new generation is realising that the British coastline has so much going for it and that crowded Mediterranean beaches don’t hold a light to the unspoilt beauty of beaches like Exmouth. There is a real opportunity for the town to look forward with confidence.
The facilities in the Queen’s Drive Space open from 3pm on Friday 25 May and the free play and seating will remain open until September with the food and bar offer all week during school holidays and weekends at other times. The play park and the food and drink village are free to enter, although some charges may apply for some performances in the event space.