Free rooms at the Inn in Exeter

Wednesday 1, December 2010


Free rooms at the Inn in Exeter


Sumptuous accommodation free for all Mary and Josephs: 16 – 19 Dec.


QUALITY accommodation at two top-class Exeter Hotels is available for free in the run up to Christmas if you’re living together and called Mary and Joseph. Two of Exeter's leading city centre hotels are joining forces to run the amusing seasonal initiative to highlight the Christmas Nativity procession that takes place across the city centre on Sunday 19 December.


Jurys Inn and The Rougemont, by Thistle will offer couples called Mary and Joseph a free night's accommodation including breakfast between the 16 and 19 December, 2010. Photo ID (passport or photo driving licence) is all that’s needed to secure a place at the inn. 


The Exeter Nativity procession is taking place during the same weekend of the offer. Key scenes from the age-old Christmas story are recreated as Mary and Joseph look for a place to stay. The event has become a phenomena in Exeter – last year over 2.000 turned out to watch donkeys, sheep, angels and more join the couple on their historical journey across the city-centre. This year the procession starts in Princesshay at 3pm, Sunday 19 Dec before finishing with a jubilant carol-singing concert in Exeter’s magnificent mediaeval Cathedral.


Cllr Greg Sheldon, Lead Cllr for Economy & Tourism Exeter City Council is keen to attract as many couples as possible to the city. He said, ‘This is a terrific opportunity to run something fun in the city and show visitors how much the city of Exeter sparkles at Christmas time. The lucky modern day Mary and Josephs won’t have myrrh and frankincense in their rooms, but a warm West Country welcome awaits them.   


Christmas in Exeter offers a magical festive experience. The city offers the very best of the new set against the historic charm of the old. Whether it’s the Dickensian Christmas-card appeal of Cathedral Green, high-fashion shopping, a headline Christmas show or just a special place to eat out, there is no better place than Exeter at Christmas time.


Thanks to a Christmas partnership between Exeter City Council and city centre businesses, Exeter is pulling out all the stops to entertain its visitors and shoppers, making Christmas in the beautiful Cathedral city more special than ever before. There’s guaranteed snow on Thursdays in Princesshay with many shops open until 9pm in the city centre, glittering new festive lights, traditional trees and much, much more.


To claim their free room in Exeter, all Mary and Joseph need to do is ensure they have photo ID (passport or photo driving license), and then email the Tourism Officer at Exeter City Council using



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