It’s lovely to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, whether you want to stretch your legs at lunch-time, take the children somewhere they can let off steam or simply walk the dog, Burnley’s parks and gardens are just the ticket.
Within walking distance of the centre of Burnley you will find two award-winning parks where you can sit and take it easy, Queen’s Park and Thompson Park are both grade two listed by English Heritage and have been awarded Green Flags for their high standards, as have Ightenhill Park, Padiham Memorial Park, Scott Park and Towneley Park.
Watch out for the programme of events taking place in the parks throughout most of the year you can enjoy traditional brass bands, fun runs, classic cars shows or large scale pop concerts, click on events for more details.
Designed by Robert Murray and opened in 1893, Queen’s Park was Burnley’s first public park. Within its 28-acres much of the original design can still be seen today with the ornamental flower-beds, urban arboretum trees, sculptures and bandstand. A range of excellent sports facilities including football pitches, bowling green, tennis courts, a basketball court and Queen’s Park Skate Park attract all ages.
Opened in July 1930, Thompson Park is a delight. For the horticulturalist its award-winning Italian garden, rose garden, Forest of Burnley arboretum trees and community orchard offer a real treat. A three-acre boating lake, children’s playground and paddling pool, miniature railway and 9-hole putting green are great for families and a small café is open during the summer.
Dating from 1912 Ightenhill Park is split in three bisected by Ightenhill Park Lane and Ighten Road. The park has recently updated tennis and ball courts and a bowling green that is well used by enthusiasts whenever the weather allows. The Ightenhill Festival takes place in the park every year attracting families to this attractive green space.
Scott Park has a beautiful Victorian bandstand, woodland walks bowling greens and an excellent play area for children including a giant draughts board.
Memorial Park in Padiham is on two sites linked by a riverside walk along the banks of the River Calder, the upper section has traditional flower beds and shrubberies while in the lower section you will find sports facilities including Padiham Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool.
The largest park in Burnley is Towneley Park with its history, heritage and wide-open spaces it is home to most of the major outdoor events in Burnley. You can walk through the woods, feed the ducks, play golf, tennis or bowls, let the kids loose in the new play area or have a nice cup of tea in the cafe.
The parkland contains many beautiful trees and shrubs as well as a traditional Victorian flower garden. The surrounding woodlands have nature trails marked through them with fascinating outdoor sculptures hewn from the trees around; these include everything from a giant snake to a crocodile emerging from its watery home, abstract sculptures to an enormous cricket. A range of interesting guided walks and rambles around Towneley Park take place throughout the year.
Towneley Hall has a new website. Please click: http://www.towneley.org.uk