May 2021 Update

St Sidwell’s Centre is now open for Room Bookings, for free ESOL classes, for Gardening and for Volunteering opportunities. Our Cafe has re-opened with outside seating and takeaway options, and our Cookery School will restart soon.


We are still baking our wonderful bread at The Sidwell Street Bakehouse, now relocated to 178/179 Sidwell Street. For the time being, we are only open 3 days a week, from Thursday to Saturday but we’re planning to open for a fourth day each week sometime in May. Alternatively, you can order your bread for home delivery by visiting our online shop here.


We’re very impatient to relaunch our range of one-off Cookery workshops and longer-term Cookery courses and, hopefully, we’ll be able to start advertising the programme and taking new bookings within a couple of months. If you are interested in learning how to cook, in learning new recipes or in sharing your cooking skills with other, please get in touch by phoning 01392 666222 or emailing manager@stsidwells.org.uk

To keep busy, some of our cooks have been experimenting with filming cookery demonstrations at home. Go to our Cookery School pages to have a look at what’s there…. and maybe try one of the recipes out at home? For those who would prefer a more interactive format, our cooks are also running Zoom Cook-along sessions once-a-fortnight at 5pm on Monday afternoons. If you are interested in joining in, phone us and, if there are enough places available, we will send you the Zoom link


We’re very grateful to the dedicated group of volunteers who continue to come in weekly to maintain the gardens and grow fruit and veg. Julie Smith, from Sow and Grow, the professional gardener who was working with us last year is still with us and is planning a schedule of new sessions for our Urban Gardening and Conservation Programme that will hopefully be able to start again in April.

From mid May 2021 onwards we will be running two gardening sessions per week, on Monday and Thursday 1-3pm. If you are interested in joining our volunteer gardeners or attending one of Julie’s training sessions then please phone us on 01392 666222 or email Julie on gardening@stsidwells.org.uk. Thank you!


Room bookings can now be made on-line Here.
Phone 01392 666222 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday for more information.


We are currently offering the following ESOL classes:

  • Tuesdays 6pm – 7.30pm Upper Intermediate with Harry
  • Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm English and Drama with Julian
  • Fridays 10am – 12pm Beginners with Kate and Advanced with Dave

    For more information contact us on 01392 666222 or email manager@stsidwells.org.uk

About us

We are an independent community centre in the heart of Exeter giving a warm welcome regardless of background, ability or circumstance. We offer a wide programme of activities, events and services for the local community.

We run a community café, a bakery and a cookery school; we grow vegetables look after one of the few large green spaces in the city centre; we offer affordable meeting room and venue hire;  provide free ESOL classes; act as a local heritage hub for the Eastern quarter of Exeter city-centre; and offer volunteering and work-experience opportunities across all areas of our work. 

The Sidwell Street Café
Our cafe offers fresh, delicious food cooked from scratch alongside inclusive volunteering opportunities.
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The Sidwell Street Bakehouse
Our in-house bakery specialises in sourdough, while training volunteers.
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Find out more about volunteering with us.
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Room Hire
A variety of rooms at competitive prices for your meeting or event.
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English Classes
Olive Tree offers free English (ESOL) language classes taught by volunteer teachers.
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A range of catering options for events at St Sidwell’s and across Exeter.
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The only green space opening from Sidwell Street or the High Street is home to our veg garden.
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Explore the history and heritage of St Sidwell’s and Sidwell Street.
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