“ Publisher: MediaClash / Published: Monthly / Genre: Lifestyle „
Exeter Living is a magazine which touts itself as 'celebrating the best in Exeter and South Devon.' It comes out every 3 weeks and retails at £3 an issue, although you can sporadically find it being given away in shops in the Exeter area if you are lucky. It is produced by Media Clash who produce equivalent magazines for areas such as Bath, Salisbury, Clifton and Cardiff. You can also subscribe to this magazine via the Media Clash website - www.mediaclash.couk for the price of £34 for 17 issues
The magazine is glossy and comes in at around 100 pages.
There are various sections in the magazine as follows; spotlight which gives a round up of events and achievements in the area, it has a property showcase of remarkable (yet fiendishly priced) properties in the area. There is normally a detailed diary of events such as music, art, theatre, festivals, a photographic social calendar feature; features on places to eat in the area (particularly new ones.). The arts are also featured, particularly photography from the region. There is normally a feature called 'editor's choice' where a number of quirky gifts and items that can be bought from largely independent shops can be found. There is then usually a section on a particular town or village in the area, extolling its virtues and what you can do there. Amongst this there are also features on independent stores, fashion, upmarket recipes, health and beauty, business news, gardening and an interview with a prominent local person.
I do enjoy picking up this magazine from time to time. To see articles and features on places that I am familiar with is quite pleasing, it also encourages me to explore the local area more and be a bit more adventurous when it comes to new drinking and eating haunts.
It is well written and informative. The photography which accompanies the features is excellent and of a vary high quality and makes places I know well look particularly appealing. The events guide is a good way to keep up to date with 'what's on', as a comprehensive guide is something that the area lacks at times and it is very easy to miss out on something that you would have otherwise liked to have attended.
The mix of articles is good, and I think would appeal to a lot of tastes, but it has to be said that like Devon Life which I have reviewed previously - I believe it to have its aims set at the slightly higher-end of the magazine market. The types of advertisers (a lot of upmarket pricey establishments) would reflect that. Unsurprisingly it is quite advertising heavy, but I would imagine that it is because the geographic market for this magazine is relatively small so that does not bother me that much.
At £3 full price, I suppose it is a little pricey for what it is, but I have in the past bought one and then kept it for a long time because it has some information in it that I find particularly useful, particularly when they do their collations of local eating places.
I could do without some of the property stuff in it to be honest, I'm not a property aficionado and I think that this could limit its audience somewhat.
It does a good job of promoting local businesses, which is highly commendable, and has features on not just the businesses themselves but the local people behind them. In an age of an ever dominant chain-store culture, I like this.
In general, I would say that this is certainly an enjoyable read, really well considered and put together but not an essential read if you live in the area.