Exeter's Queen Street

Take A Tour of Sardine Street. Phil Smith and Simon Persighetti invite you to uncover Queen Street, Exeter

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Exeter's Queen Street

How long does it take you to get to know a street… really get to know it? Simon Persighetti and Phil Smith, who are two of the guiding lights behind the Mis-guides are calling for people to join them on a Tour of Sardine Street – that’s Queen Street in Exeter, to you.

Apparently the two, that’s Simon Persighetti (poet, playwright and performer) and Phil Smith (author of Mythogeography), have been regularly walking, researching, exploring and performing on Queen Street in Exeter since late 2007.

Now, after a number of ‘test runs’ with other walkers, they have prepared a ‘mis-guided tour’ of the street and would like to invite interested members of the public to
 join them for a tour.

Phil Smith (The Crab Man) told Arts+Culture: “Allowing ourselves more than two years to prepare, we have built up an awareness not only of many of the unseen or ignored details of Queen Street, but we have also seen how it can change radically in short spaces of time – it has a life cycle and a heart beat!”

The tours all begin at the Dinosaur Café at the northern end of Queen Street (at its junction with the New North Road), next to the Miles Clock Tower.

These tours will last between 90 minutes to two hours, but walkers are requested to be free for three hours (occasionally the guides have been spontaneously invited to visit certain closed areas of the street and would like to be free to respond to any similar invitations).

The times of the tours are:
 Friday, July 9, 10am–1pm; 
Friday, July 9, 2pm-5pm
; Saturday, July 10, 10am-1pm
; Thursday, July 15, 10am-1pm
; Thursday, July 15, 2pm-5pm
; and Friay, July 16, 10am-1pm

Numbers are very limited (a maximum of seven people for each walk) – those interested should make a booking by email to perform.smith@ukgateway.net

(image: Victorian terrace, Queen Street, Exeter A splendid Italianate facade of 30 bays (3-9-6-9-3) with end pediments, unfortunately not reciprocated opposite. Looking towards Central station and the city centre from near the Clock Tower. © Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)