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Chinese New Year celebrations

Watch the video to find out what happens at our Chinese New Year celebrations

Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

University of Exeter Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest in the city and are regularly attended by over 2500 people. The celebrations are presented by the Chinese Student Scholars Association (CSSA) and supported by University of Exeter, Students Guild and Streetwise Fund.

Update 2 March 2018: The weather is due to improve by Sunday and we expect the event to go ahead. Please wrap-up warm and wear suitable clothing for moving around campus.

The dragon and lion dance in Buffet City will go ahead at 1pm but we will have to assess the weather on the day regarding the parade through the city.

The parade on campus will happen in the great hall and the fireworks should go ahead as planned.

13:00 - 18.30 Sunday 4 March 2018

Please note that city centre outdoor activities are weather dependent. Updates will be on this webpage.

The festival will include (exact details to be confirmed nearer the date):

  • 13.00 Dragon and Lion traditional dancing, starts at Buffet City, through Cathedral Green, performance in Bedford Square, processing along the High Street and Gandy Street to the Royal Albert Museum (weather dependent)
  • 15.00 Dragon and Lion dancing parade at Great Hall Piazza, Streatham Campus (inside the Great Hall if wet weather)
  • 15.15 Chinese Market, food, martial arts demonstrations, performances and activities suitable for all (inside the Forum)
  • 18.30 (or shortly after) Fireworks to be viewed from XFI Building (weather dependent).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Chinese New Year Museum Trail

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) with a trail around the Chinese objects on display, including a dragon pennant taken in battle, a fortune-telling compass and a dazzling hairpin made of kingfisher feathers. A trail for all ages, with stickers for children. Free entry throughout February.


Campus parking is free on the weekend. Please follow signs for Car Parks C, D, A and B and walk to the Forum. See the car parking web pages for more details. If you would like to bring a coach or minibus please contact more information.


This event has been designed with students and families in mind and all are welcome. Please note, however, that there is no crèche facility available and parents are responsible for their children whilst attending the event.

Thank you to the InExeter, University of Exeter, the Business School and Streetwise Fund for generously supporting this event.