Unique wake venues in Exeter

Celebrate the life of your loved one with a meaningful wake in Exeter.

Enjoy the art and history at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, or walk through the River Exe County Park, enjoy a picnic and celebrate the life of your loved one.

Hosting a wake in Exeter 

A wake is an informal event that traditionally takes place after a funeral service and cremation or burial. It’s usually an informal event that involves family and friends gathering to share memories and celebrate the life of their loved one.

Traditionally, wakes would take place at someone’s home, or a community centre or pub, but they can take place anywhere. The people organising the wake may want to honour their loved one by holding the wake at a place that was special to them, such as at the grounds of their favourite football team, for example. 

Also, although wakes usually take place directly after the funeral service, they can be held at any time. They can also be as structured or as informal as the organiser would like. Wake organisers have the freedom to host the event that’s right for them, their family and friends, and their loved one.

If you’re organising a wake in Exeter, there are plenty of unique venues where you can host the event in your own way, from a trip to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery to a walk and picnic at the River Exe County Park. 

Find your funeral director in Exeter who will help you arrange a cremation, and give you ideas for a wake, memorial or reception that’s right for you. 

Famous wakes vary from all night events to not having one at all

Peter Stringfellow was a flamboyant nightclub owner in London who died in 2018. Following a low-key woodland burial, people organised an all night wake party at his club in Covent Garden. 

Meanwhile David Bowie did not want a fuss and chose to have a direct cremation without a funeral or wake. These are ways people have shaped what happens after their loved one has died to reflect their character and wishes.

River Exe County Park 

If your loved one enjoyed nature or walks through the park, then you could hold the wake at the River Exe County Park. with the River Exe running through it, this park has spectacular views of the river. It's the ideal place to take a moment of quiet reflection and think about your loved one. 

There is plenty of green space too, should you wish to stop for a picnic with your friends and family. Be sure to bring plenty of blankets and chairs for everyone to sit and raise a glass to your loved one. 

There is plenty of space in the park for you to spread out and have some privacy for your wake. Be sure to check the weather beforehand to avoid the rain. 

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