In Heavitree pleasure ground, just next to the park and swings area, are the fabulous paddling pools. The waters are shallow enough for toddlers, pre-schoolers and kids to splash about or wallow in and the three pools’ depth increases so not only is it perfect for all ages, there’s room for all too. An ideal spot for a hot day with kids. Take picnic blankets to sit on in the grassy surroundings and a couple of pouring toys to keep them entertained for longer. The paddling pools are in a fenced off area (much like children’s parks are).
Rules: Swim nappies required. No dogs inside the fenced paddling pool area (although welcome in the grassy parkland). No smoking.
Shade: No shady area within the gated splash pool area so might be an idea to take your own on a scorcher day but plenty under trees in the parkland.
Opening times: Usually from May half term to September. 10am – 7pm
Café/ice cream: Heavitree Communitee Hub and Café has been granted permission to be built. Watch this space for info. Until then, there is the Heavitree ParkLife Coffee Van which is out 9am-5pm every Saturday and Sunday (and bank holidays) from April to September. Chris, the coffee van man, sells hot and cold drinks, cake and ice creams.
Heavitree high street not far away there’s plenty of opportunities for ice cream and coffee.
The Daisy café has a wonderful friendly atmosphere and delicious food, indoor seating and a courtyard with umbrella shades. It’s family friendly and very dog friendly too! They are also offering a Little Devon Discount of a free kids drink with every adult lunch purchased – just mention Little Devon to them.
There’s also Tesco Esso Express, Shauls bakery and Coop close to the park.
Toilets: Yes, by the Bowls club. Unfortunately, the toilets, which were better maintained situated by Tesco in Heavitree Fore Street, have been permanently closed.
Parking: Whipton Lane is the entrance closest to the pools. Some resident parking only Mon- Fri 10am-5pm and some Pay and display or use the app Phone and Pay
There are also entrances to the park on Hamlin Lane and on Chard Road.
Public transport: Bus R (stop after the shops for entrance closest to paddling pools), A (Heavitree shops or Hamlin lane entrance), S
Address: Whipton Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3DS
Park, skateboarding, basketball, BMX, tennis, bowls and lots of grassland for running! Also Tennis for Free offer free tennis coaching every Saturday morning between 10am – 12 noon on the tennis courts and the Junior Park Run is 8.50am every Sunday morning for 4-14 year olds. Links available on Park Life Heavitree, who also organise great events throughout the year.
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