Recreational Facilities

Recreational Facilities


Bishopsteignton Sports Area

Bishopsteignton sports facilities in useThe Bishopsteignton Sports Area is one of the best outdoor sports facilities in the district. It’s situated at the Recreation Ground in Lawns End, overlooking the Teign Estuary – an excellent location to play as well as watch – and is extensively used by villagers and those from a wider area. It truly helps bring sport to all in the community.

The floodlit facilities cater for three tennis courts, two netball courts and a five-a-side football pitch. Tennis coaching (provided by the Russell Bond School of Tennis) takes place on Saturday mornings as well as Monday and Wednesday evenings, netball is played regularly every Tuesday evening and the village football club plays there on Thursdays. The facilities can be booked on a casual basis at the village shop – the Supply Stores – while more regular, club bookings can be made through the Parish Council offices.

Contact points are:
Ms Kim Ford, Clerk to the Parish Council, 01626 870170 (Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-12:00)

For Children

Recreation Ground

The Recreation Ground is located at Lawns End (off Forder Lane) and is home to the Bishopsteignton Sports Area. As well as offering facilities for organised sports which can be enjoyed by children, there is a large open space, suitable for many outdoor activities, and a children’s play park within the grounds. Car parking is available, accessed via Lawns End.

Cockhaven Close Play Area

The sign in place at Cockhaven Close Play Area

This play area is located behind Bishopsteignton Primary School, and there is a public car park next to it, at the top of Cockhaven Close. The facility was installed in Spring 2008 as a result of a huge local fundraising effort. The play area is designed for children aged 3 to 11.

Children from Bishopsteignton enjoying playing on the basket swing at Cockhaven Close Play Area

The basket swing, which can hold about eight children, is particularly popular, as shown in the picture. There are plenty of benches for grown ups and picnics, plus a herb garden. The picnic benches look as though they are wooden, but are actually made out of thousands of recycled plastic milk bottles! A new slide will be installed here soon.

Bishopsteignton Public Halls

There are a number of public halls in the village. These can be hired for private functions, and they often play host to a wide variety of events, including coffee mornings, quiz evenings, amateur dramatics performances, concerts, meetings of local clubs, dance or exercise classes etc.

Village Hall

The Bishopsteignton Village HallThe Village Hall is located centrally in the village, on Fore Street. It offers a hall space, kitchen facilities, a skittle alley, and has a stage (and dressing rooms), for theatrical, and other, events. There is also a south facing garden, with decked area, and views of the river. The Village Hall is licenced, so a bar can be offered. Bookings for the village hall can be made at the village post office, opposite, or by contacting Mary James on 01626 778068 for more information. Groups which currently use the hall include: short mat bowls, the local Women’s Institute, table tennis, skittles and line dancing.

The Village Hall is part of The Bishopsteignton Halls Foundation, a registered charity, and is run by a volunteer committee. Regular fund raising events, such as coffee mornings, quizes and concerts are held at the hall to raise funds. Last year funds raised were used to install a disabled toilet, and now the committee is saving towards the refurbishment of the kitchen, which they hope to complete by autumn 2009. Another fund raising effort is the “donate a book” scheme.

Further details of the events at the Village Hall can be found on the What’s On page.

There is some history surrounding the building, which was originally an army hut, from Salisbury Plain, which has been erected alongside the original stone wall to the orchard, which previously occupied the space.

Community Centre

The Bishopsteignton Community CentreThs Community Centre is run by a volunteer committee of 8 villagers and is available for the use and benefit of all people in the village. The committee are justly proud of their achievements, which this year have included a brand new, fully equipped catering-sized kitchen, and the redecoration of the Robinson Room.

The Centre consists of 2 large halls and a small meeting room, together with the main kitchen and a small galley kitchen. There is plenty of outside space, both at the front and rear of the building, making it suitable for both good and bad weather events. It is centrally heated, so warm and inviting during the winter months.

The Parish Council also has its offices situated in the building.

Organisations already using the Centre include; art groups, yoga, garden and flower clubs, the Grimspound Morris Men, the Twinning Association, the Lunch Club and the Annual Village Show. It can also be used for parties and other celebrations.

The committee itself organises various fund-raising events, including jazz nights and prize bingo.

The centre is available to hire, and you can view the current list of hire charges. For further information, please contact:
Roy Halsey, Chairman, on 01626 774049
or Jean Knapman for bookings on 01626 772318.

The Community Centre, Shute Hill, Bishopsteignton is part of The Bishopsteignton Halls Foundation, a registered charity.

Methodist Church Hall

The village Methodist Church also has a hall, for which bookings can be made with the bookings secretary, Miss B Bardell on 01626 774541. The hall is located adjoining the Methodist Church, on Fore Street.

Bishopsteignton Museum

The Bishopsteignton Museum of Rural Life is a very small museum, opened in 1983, and is housed in two rooms of the first floor of the Community Centre on Shute Hill. It contains an extremely varied collection of items of local interest, including material relating to Brunel’s atmospheric railway and a three-dimensional model of the village as it was in about 1900.

Operated by volunteers, the museum is usually open on Sunday afternoons(14:30 to 16:30) from Easter until mid-September, and on bank holiday Mondays. The museum has recently reopened following repairs to the Community Centre building.

Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Broadmeadow Sports Centre

Broadmeadow Exercise Programme

Click here to find out what exercise classes are available at Broadmeadow.

Choose from Zumba, Thighs, Bums and Tums, X-Biking, Yoga and many more.

Physique Fitness Suite

We have a Cardiovascular Training Room and additional Resistance Training Room. Our air-conditioned CV room offers a choice of fourteen pieces of equipment, and also provides a soft mat and mirrored area for flexibility and core stability work. Ten fixed resistance machines provide strength training options in the Resistance Room, complemented by a range of 2kg to 30kg dumbbells, for exercising a cross section of large and small muscle groups.


We have a crèche which is open on Tuesday and Thursday. Ofsted registered, children are supervised by qualified, experienced and friendly staff.  The creche offers colourful, stimulating play equipment in a safe environment.

New Junior Activities!

Junior Zumba is new class that offers 12 – 15 year olds the chance to have fun and exercise to a mix of Latin, Salsa and Pop music.

Wednesday 5pm to 5.45pm

Junior Fitness League is non competitive, yet challenging. These classes will build confidence and a foundation for a lifetime of healthy activity. Youngsters will be motivated through the use of games, with rhythm and music, suppleness, agility and body awareness.a45pm – 4.30pm

Tuesday 3.45pm to 4.30pm (7-9yrs old)

4.30pm to 5.15pm (10yrs +)