Grange Gardens Bowls Pavilion

Transforming a closed bowls pavilion into a new social hub for the community.

Pavilion BLF pic

The idea

"We want to turn the now closed bowls pavilion into a revivified ‘social hub’ with a community café and garden" (Grangetown Resident)

There is a need for a central space for the whole community, particularly:

  • school pupils from local primary schools
  • isolated older people
  • mother and baby groups
  • local self-employed people
  • young people not in education.

We hope this will promote improved wellbeing, a stronger local economy and social cohesion. This project has been supported by:

  • Grangetown Community Action
  • Grange Pavilion Project
  • Cardiff Bay Rotary
  • Dan Benham Architects and IBI Group
  • Mott MacDonald
  • N&M Construction
  • IKEA
  • Cardiff and Vale College.

Watch a short video about the Grange Bowls Pavilion


Following a number of community consultations including an ideas picnic and workshops with local primary schools, Grange Pavilion Project and Grangetown Community Action, Cardiff University's Community Gateway are working with a number of partners to explore the potential of turning the derelict Bowls Pavilion into a community hub and café with community garden.

Since 2013, over 50 undergraduate architecture students, as well as students studying business and architecture master's programmes, have worked with Grange Pavilion project to develop ideas for the building as part of their research and learning.


The Grange Pavilion was opened for use on 24 October 2015 at a storytelling event which invited local residents to come and share their stories about living in Grangetown and what they love about the area. These stories were then displayed on shingles in a specially constructed booth and also turned into songs by local musicians.

After successfully gaining a 12 month licence for the building on 23 March 2016, Community Gateway and the Grange Pavilion Project arranged to renovate the building in collaboration with Benham Architects, N&M Construction, IKEA, Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay and Cardiff and the Vale College. The building has received a new kitchen, floors, lighting and has been painted inside and out, making it a suitable and usable space for the community.

The new Grange Pavilion was officially launched as a temporary community space by Councillor Lynda Thorne at the Grangetown festival on 18 June 2016 and is open for drop in sessions on a Monday, as well as being used for various community events throughout the year.

Since the launch the Grange Pavilion and gardens are now used on a regular basis for community groups and activities. These include:

  • Grange All Stars Football Training and Peer Mentorship - Wednesday 18:30 - 20:30
  • Philosophy Cafe - monthly meetings at a variety of Grangetown locations)
  • Read with Rhian - every Monday 15:15 - 16:15
  • Grangetown Friends and Neighbours (FAN) - every Monday 11:30 - 13:00
  • Walk in community drop in session with Ali Abdi - every Monday 10:00 - 16:00.

All of these activities are extremely successful and well attended by the local community. There has also been a number of links formed between local community groups, residents and partners at Cardiff University resulting in collaborative research projects.

Full list of activities by month.

The Hideout Cafe

The Hideout cafe at Grange Pavilion is now open!

Opening hours:

12:00 - 17:00 Monday - Sunday

Selling teas, coffees, milkshakes, cakes and ice-cream. To keep up to date with all the news and events at the cafe visit their Facebook or Twitter page

Grange Pavilion available for hire

Grange Pavilion is now available to hire for community and private meetings or events. The pavilion has kitchen and toilet facilities, a large meeting room and a further two smaller rooms.

For more information on availability and pricing, please contact us:

Download the guidance and complete the booking form:

Grange Pavilion Booking Form

21 February 2017

Grange Pavilion Booking Form


Criteria for Hire of Grange Bowls Pavilions

26 January 2017

Criteria for the hire of facilities.


Terms and Conditions of use of Grange Pavilion

26 January 2017

Standard conditions of hire of facilities.


Big Lottery Funding and next steps

Cardiff University’s Community Gateway has recently secured one of the Big Lottery Funds nine initial development grants of £50,000. The grant will allow Cardiff University and community partners Grange Pavilion Project and Grangetown Community Action to develop architectural plans and achieve planning permission to fully renovate and extend the building and cultivate the outdoor space, creating a top-quality and fully accessible venue for the long-term use of the people of Grangetown. The second stage application will be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund in September.

Community Gateway and partners are currently consulting with local residents and those that use the Grange Pavilion on what they would like to see happen to the space and gardens. The feedback from the survey will then be used to develop plans for stage two of the Big Lottery funding application. Complete the survey.

If you have any ideas as to how the pavilion could be used, would like to get involved or would like further information about the project, please contact us.

Watch a short video about Grange Gardens

Community Gateway

Myth busting

Myth busting

7 July 2017

Myth busting poster