Welcome to Park Life Heavitree

Park Life Heavitree is a community charity (no. 1172365) based in and around Heavitree Pleasure Ground, Exeter. We have the broad vision to help create a safe, welcoming and supportive place where people can come together and be part of a thriving community. We have been working on grass roots, volunteer led community development here since 2010. We won the Pride of Exeter Community Group of the Year Award in 2015 and The Prince of Wales Award for Community Work was presented to us by Lady Arran at the Devon County Show in 2016.

We have 10 trustees and up to 70 active volunteers working on our aims of:

* Reducing social isolation

* Improving physical health and mental health and wellbeing

* Creating a safer, stronger and more active community

We help to do this in a variety of ways including monthly Events in the Park – eg. Mother’s Day, Easter Egg Hunt, The Big Picnic, Heavitree Fun Day, Community Carols etc. We run a small community business with the Community Coffee Van at our events and through the summer weekends in the park. We offer a ‘Meal Share’ scheme for people in need and a Cooking / Lunch club with neighbours. Facilitating and promoting sport and leisure activities such as Junior Park Run, Tennis For Free Coaching, Heavitree Running Club, Heavitree Volleyball, Park Yoga Heavitree etc all help to provide opportunities to exercise with others. We are active members of city wide groups such as the Exeter Green Space Network. Over the last few years we have delivered grant funded activities like our Health and Wellbeing project around food and our current Get Active Exeter programme. During the Coronavirus Pandemic we have been actively supporting our community through prescription and well being box deliveries.

This January we have seen the work commence on the cafe and community hub facility that we are building in the park to help us deliver further services and activities and better meet our aims.

The hire-able Hub space will be available from September and is 75m2 with additional kitchenette if required. There is shared use of the toilet facilities and access to the cafe and secluded outside space within the park for use by Hub users. The price will be around £15 per hour and the Hub is open from 8am-10pm 7 days a week.

Bookings will go live on the Park Life website in the summer but if you would like to be added to the expressions of interest list, please email Ben on ben@parklifeheavitree.org.uk including details of the kind of hours and dates you are considering.


What we're building

A community hub

A cafe

A safe space for the community to get together


Latest news


Welcome to the team Renee!

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We are thrilled to welcome Renee Marchant to the Park Life Heavitree team as Cafe Manager! Renee will soon become a familiar face when the Park Cafe opens in just…

Time lapse footage of month three on the build site

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Here is the latest instalment of our time lapse, capturing progress on the Park Life build showing the roof going on. It has been amazing to see the arrival of…

Time lapse footage of month two on the build site

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Our next instalment on the time lapse video shows the incredible progress that was made throughout March. It was been amazing to see the structure go up and we know…
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