Carnival of the Animals
Our celebrations begin on Saturday 21 April with the Carnival of the Animals and everyone is invited!
Internationally-known carnival experts Shademakers UK will be creating spectacular puppets that will perform and move through the streets. Throughout the day there will be a party atmosphere with city-centre activity hubs, music from Jazz to Taiko, RAMM handling collection, face painting, Victorian juggling and there’ll be a few surprises along the way too. You will also be able to make your own mask and join in with the parade. You can download a PDF with four different animal masks to choose from, or you can pick one up from the Shop at RAMM for free, whilst stocks last.
Exeter Cathedral Green 11am-12 noon
Princesshay Exeter 11.30am-1.30pm
Princesshay Exeter procession to Rougemont Gardens 1.30pm. RAMM’s vibrant celebration procession moves to Rougemont Gardens for even more fun activities and music (wear your mask creation and join the procession).
Rougemont Gardens 2-4pm.
Procession to RAMM 4pm. The City Steam Jazz band will lead everyone from Rougemont Gardens to RAMM.
RAMM 4-6pm. They’ll be an opportunity to enjoy the museum after hours with dressing up in Victorian clothes, Magic Lantern show, music and cake.
You can take part in carnival activities in the lead-up to the event during the Easter holidays. They’ll be lots of creative workshops where children can make celebratory masks, headdresses, hats and puppets and RAMM would be thrilled if you could join them at the Carnival of the Animals on 21 April wearing your creations for the procession from Princesshay to Rougemont Gardens at 1.30 pm.
The Devon & Exeter Institution, Cathedral Close will be opening their doors to the general public from 10am – 4pm.
10.30 – 12.30 ‘Bookworms’ drop in children’s event – find out where RAMM began and make masks for the RAMM 150th procession at 1.30pm from Princesshay.
11am – Kinetic puppets leave the building to join the Exeter Cathedral Green Hub.
1pm onwards – public tours every half hour.
Archival material will be on display in the inner library throughout the day.