Life at Pilgrim Gardens

Rooted in the Christian faith, life at Pilgrim Gardens supports our residents to live fulfilled lives in their later years. We provide excellent, personalised care which supports our residents to flourish in older age. 

Our purpose-build retirement living apartment complex in Evington, Leicester, was opened in 2013. The scheme won the 2012 national HAPPI Housing Design Award. HAPPI stands for ‘Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation, and applauds the excellence of the design and the benefits to individual home-dweller.

As well as its own landscaped garden with its Japanese style outdoor seating area, each apartment has its own private winter garden. Pilgrim Gardens is next to the 44 acre Evington Park, with its abundant trees and flower beds.

Although now part of Leicester, Evington retains a village atmosphere. It has a good range of shops and within a ten-minute walk are a post office and a doctor’s surgery. Also close by are a Library, arboretum and golf course.

Wellbeing Packages available are available at this site. Please ask at the Housing Manager for more information.

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31 one- and two-bedroom apartments, for rental and purchase.

Other facilities

  • A warden on site, 5 days a week
  • Dining Room
  • A communal lounge, with facilities for light refreshments
  • Enclosed, landscaped gardens, with a covered patio and seating area
  • Activities, such as prayer and Bible study and special interest groups organised by occupants themselves
  • Mobility scooter store


Scheme Manager  - Mandy Smith

Mandy has been at Pilgrim Gardens since 2016. She has been a Christian for over 30 years, working in education, care and church ministry before coming to Pilgrim Gardens.

Since graduating Bible College in 1993 she has been involved in many different areas of ministry to a wide variety of ages. Mandy enjoys the diversity that comes with the role of managing a Christian housing scheme and particularly enjoys the positive relationships and community feel that is evident at Pilgrim Gardens.

She is married to a Baptist minister and they have four children.

Contact and location 

Pilgrim Gardens, Grocot Road, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6AL

Tel:       0300 303 8455

Email:   [email protected]

How to find us:

By car

The Evington home is 7 miles from the M1 junction 21 and 9 miles from the A46.

By train/bus

Leicester train station is about 3 miles from the home, and the nearest bus stop is Leicester, Evington, Grocot Rd (stop code: lecdgtaw), Services 22, 22A, 22B