Get involved with Drake's Place

To make sure that Drake’s Place was a truly inclusive project, we ran a wide-ranging consultation prior to its restoration. 

This garnered over 800 comments and ideas on how we could bring the gardens and reservoir back into community life for everyone to enjoy, with opportunities for events, leisure, learning activities, training and volunteering projects.

Local community support, including through the Friends of Drake's Place, was crucial in making this project happen and is as important now as it was then.

The Friends of Drake’s Place is a friendly and important group comprising comprise local residents, councillors, faith leaders, teachers, curators, partners, University of Plymouth staff and students. If you would like to become a Friend please contact us.

Volunteer with Drake's Place

Join our regular volunteers and help ensure the beautiful gardens and reservoir are maintained to their multi-award winning standards.

Our volunteers help with things from litter clearing in the gardens and reservoir, sanding benches and spot weeding to creating insect boxes and supporting biodiversity activities and research. Gloves and tools are provided as well as a hot drink afterwards.

Volunteering opportunities are every Tuesday.

There are also seasonal voluntary activities that you can support such as decorating the space for Christmas or helping with community events and exhibitions. To enquire about volunteering please contact us- we'd love to hear from you.

Drake's Place is a community space, what else shall we do with it?

The Drake's Place activity programme already offers lots of opportunities to be involved in a wide range of exciting projects and initiatives. 

We're always keen to hear from anyone interested in helping us bring the space to life and making sure it's open, accessible and, most importantly, welcoming. 

If you would like to join us, or simply contribute your feedback and ideas, we'd love from hear from you.

Reservoir Cafe

Perched on the edge of campus overlooking the beautifully restored Drake's Reservoir and Gardens, our Reservoir Cafe offers a haven of tranquillity, in an often sun-drenched position. The vegetarian bistro is a certified member of the Vegetarian Society, making it a great place to stop for a healthy, light meal or snack.

During the summer term there will usually be a BBQ outside the Reservoir Café on Thursdays between 12:00-2:00 (weather dependant).

Find out more about our cafés on campus

Table Tennis
There is a table tennis table in the park, free to use. Bats and balls can be borrowed from the Reservoir Café, or alternatively bring your own.