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About Kinder Exeter

  • Kinder Exeter is a free, Covid-friendly festival for all ages, to foster compassion, connection and community in our city.

  • Immerse yourself in activities such as playful yoga, scavenger hunts, a kindness quiz and big picnic on the green.

  • Ninjas of Compassion will guide you through the day -Look out! Who knows what to expect with their sneaky acts of kindness?

  • Design your own positive posters and nature crafts. Release hand-made origami down the River Exe (all biodegradable).

  • Not able to attend? Join us virtually through our Kindness Radio or Social media platforms.

  • Each activity aims to promote kindness to self, to others and to the environment as part of our vision for a kinder city.

  • Schedule your day to suit you -no pressure to take part in everything! Why not factor in time to grab a 'kindness ninja cookie'?

  • Secure your tickets now! 

Our Mission

The Kinder Exeter Festival provides a glimpse into what a city of compassion, connection, and community could look like. Just imagine! Studies have shown that regular acts of collaborative play and kindness have long term well-being benefits. It is our shared hope with Kinder Leeds, that these little acts will spark positive change in compassion and growth across our cities.


The weekend will provide experiences that focus on fostering kindness towards ourselves, each other, and the environment. As lockdown begins to ease, it is more important than ever that we reach out to everyone in our community, especially those who are lonely and most often excluded.


Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give. This is why we are passionate about collaborating with local organisations and artists, who share our passion and values. It is also our intention for the festival to expand annually.


Kinder Exeter will evolve with the community and build upon public opinions voiced on our ‘People’s Thinking Wall’. Together, we can create a better tomorrow, full of ‘ninjas of compassion’ sneakily spreading random acts of kindness to all.

Our Background

This project originated at the University of Exeter’s Education Incubator as part of Communities and Students Together programme (European Union ERASMUS+) under the banner of Compassion Through Play. It is developed in collaboration with students, community-led organisations, and local residents.


Through partnership with Maketank, who made contact with Kinder Leeds, this project has now grown into the festival, 'Kinder Exeter'.  Maketank hopes to make it an annual community-led event.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” 

—The 14th Dalai Lama

“Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.”

—Cheryl Strayed

Dates and Times

June 14-June 20, 2021

Times Vary

Check our events page


  • Online

  • MakeTank

  • Southernhay Gardens​

  • The Cathedral Green​

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