As the evenings draw in and our University campuses take on their beautiful, autumnal colours, we can once again look forward to welcoming some of our favourite, seasonal traditions here in Exeter – including the infamous Tar Barrels of Ottery St. Mary.
For those of you unfamiliar with the event, Tar Barrels is a local, Devon tradition held in the town of Ottery St. Mary, just outside of Exeter, which coincides each year with bonfire night.
In a nutshell, it involves the local folk of the town setting light to tar barrels and carrying them (at speed!) through the side streets of Ottery St. Mary, their flaming cargo strapped to their backs. This exhilarating and hugely fun procession has, over the years, become very iconic across Devon, and today thousands flock to watch this historic West Country tradition of torchlight processions and burning barrels in all its glory.
The Tar Barrels of Ottery St. Mary is certainly a cultural must-do for anyone studying at Exeter, and gives many the rare opportunity to venture outside of the city itself!
As per last year, tickets for the event are now available for students to purchase through the Students’ Guild website, as a member of participating societies and also as a non-member (prices will vary). This will guarantee your transfer to and from the town and the event itself.
So wrap up warm, stick together and get ready for a flamin’ good night!