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SEPTEMBER

INSPIRATION TIME

“A visit to the RAMM is a must – Exeter’s ‘home to a million thoughts’ went through a major devel-

opment a few years ago and is now an award-winning facility...”

CONCIERGE

What’s your connection to Exeter?

I moved here 18 years ago, after uni, taking a

job at Westpoint Arena in the events office. I

am originally from Morwenstow, a village on the

North Cornish coastline.

What inspires you about Exeter?

I absolutely love living and working in Exeter.

It’s inclusive and friendly. It’s also a thriving and

optimistic city. Increasingly arty, it has great history

and roots but equally is growing and evolving by

the minute – particularly in a business sense, with

major investment from science, tech, retail and at

the University. It’s a cosmopolitan city, right at the

heart of the South West, surrounded by some of

Britain’s best beaches and moorland.

How would you spend an ideal day

there?

An ideal day in the city for me would be spent with

Lisa Vanstone

Director of One Voice Media PR

and Marketing Consultancy

EXETER

my husband and friends with a picnic down by the

river, relaxing, soaking up the sun and watching

the world go by – perhaps followed by a glass of

wine or two in one of the pubs along the river, like

Mill on the Exe or Double Locks. The city also hosts

loads of great events, such as the flagship fashion

event, Style in Exeter, the forthcoming art-meets-

tech-meets-science event, Lost Weekend, and the

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink.

Tell us about One Voice Media.

We are a team of 12 PR and marketing

consultants in the heart of Exeter’s business

district, Southernhay. I would say this, but I

really do think we have a brilliant team – we

have bags of energy and above all we love

what we do and we think it shows in what we

achieve. We have been going 27 years – ancient

for a PR firm – and have fantastic regional and

national clients, some of them, such as the event

organisers International Craft and Hobby Fair,

have been with us since we started; others share

our passion for Exeter and strive to build on its

success, such as Exeter Chamber of Commerce,

Princesshay Shopping Centre and Exeter Business

Improvement District.

Where would you recommend for eating

and drinking in Exeter?

A long-term favourite is

Oddfellows on New North

Street: the food is fantastic

and the team are really great.

It’s always hard to leave!

Chandos, in Princesshay, is

lovely to pop into for a quick

coffee and breakfast, or to sit

outside looking out onto the

city’s Roman Walls. The River

Exe Café is amazing – the

restaurant is floating in the

centre of the estuary (take

a train from Exeter, then

a ferry or water taxi from

Exmouth – it’s the prettiest

journey), and is only open

over the summer.

What three things should visitors look

to see or do in Exeter?

A visit to the RAMM is a must – Exeter’s ‘home

to a million thoughts’ went through a major

development a few years ago and is now an

award-winning facility bringing together world

history, natural history, local history and art. I’ve

really enjoyed visiting the Boatshed on the glorious

Exeter Quay over the summer – the 16-week pop-

up event space has featured arts, theatre, music

and indoor mini-golf, from the people behind

Exeter coolest theatre, the Boat Shed. No one

should visit Exeter without seeing the Cathedral

and if you are lucky, getting on the rooftop tour.

What’s your best-kept secret for the

city?

The shopping is fantastic, full of individual,

independent stores, restaurants and cafés. Try Fore

Street, North Street, South Street, Gandy Street,

Queen Street, Castle Street, plus the businesses

on the Quay are all stuffed with ‘hidden gems’

where you can buy one-off pieces, meet the actual

makers and find food from all over the world. You

can find out more about the variety of shops, cafés

and restaurants in Exeter at

www.inexeter.com

it’s a great resource for visitors and residents alike.

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