Our History

Rowheath Pavilion was opened by the Cadbury family in July 1924 as a changing facility and clubhouse for the many acres of sports playing fields, the bowling greens, the fishing lake and lido. The Pavilion also  hosted elaborate balls and dinners, and the whole area was designed for the benefit of the Cadbury workers and their families.  It was a place to meet, to relax, to stay healthy and to enjoy some free time together, at the heart of a lively community.

Following the introduction, in the 1970’s, of more stringent health and safety regulations regarding outdoor swimming pools  sadly the lido was closed.  Over the years the Pavilion building itself fell into disrepair and for a while it was actually closed down. In 1985 it was re-opened by a local a management group and latterly the running of the building was adopted by Pavilion Christian Community, the church who meet here every Sunday. Since 2003 the Pavilion has enjoyed a new lease of life, seeing a community cafe and playground added to the main Terrace Room, the gathering room and the bar. The many and varied dance, arts, craft, children’s groups, sports and fishing facilities are available throughout the week and the building is, once again, a thriving cultural and social venue, hosting weddings, parties, concerts, pantomimes and craft events all year.

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  1. I have just visited Row Heath Pavilion this weekend and did some family reminiscing. I am trying to work out if it was the location of a farm small-holding, which was owned by my great-uncle, whose name was Grigg. I just know that he had a small-holding, which, I think was called Row Heath Farm and had a pond in its grounds and was sold to Cadbury’s just before World War I, but rented back to my great uncle Grigg until after the war, when the Cadbury playing fields were completed. Does this match with historical records of the Row Heath Pavilion? I have a small water-colour painting of the farm with some of its original buildings and the land in the background sloping to the pond.

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