About us

Who are we?

Park Life Heavitree is a community group that aims to bring together people in and around Heavitree Pleasure Ground in Exeter. We do this at the moment, through running monthly events in the park. These normally have a theme and always involve quality hot drinks and cake! We also support the community through our share a meal scheme, funded through Sport England, the couch to 5K running clubs and summer volleyball sessions, provided free cooking lessons to our local schools and elderly and several other projects.

One of our main aims is to build and run a community hub and cafe. We have a fund-raising team who are hard at work raising money to build the facility. Our building team is made up of local volunteers who have the skills and experience needed to deliver the project. The facility will provide a hirable space and will act as a community hub – allowing Park Life to better deliver its aims. The community cafe will provide a safe and warm space as well as quality food and drink. Any income generated will go back into Park Life activities and the park itself. We have the full support of Exeter City Council who are the land owner.  Please use the links above to find out more about who we are, what we do and what events are coming up next – we’d love to see you there!


The idea of a cafe and community building in Heavitree Pleasure Ground was first raised by members of the community in 2010. The City Councillors were supportive and conversations started to spread, fuelled by the desire to build community, provide a quality hire-able space for Heavitree and to enhance an amazing urban green space.

Over a decade later and the cafe is now starting to become a reality as building work has started on the very exciting project.

People are concerned that society is becoming more fragmented. We now network and form community in a myriad of ways but busy individualised lives have led to an increase in social isolation, loneliness and depression, obviously not helped by the pandemic we are fighting.

By building a community hub in the park, Park Life aims to bring community together, supporting one another and helping to banish loneliness.


How to find us

The park is located in Heavitree, if driving by car from the city centre travel along Heavitree Road and onto Fore Street, turning left at Whipton Lane. The park can be reached by foot or bicycle from entrances at Whipton Lane, Roseland Avenue, South Lawn Terrace and Nicholas Avenue.