Opened in 1929 and ever since being a much loved public park, Stanley park is perfect for a day out with all the family. Located just outside the centre of Blackpool in a peaceful environment, and with its stunning gardens and relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy a picnic, sporting activities or whatever you choose to do.
The park is split into 4 parts. In the Northern quarter you will find a great 18-hole golf course, 6 bowling greens alongside a beautiful rose garden as well as the parks central café. In the Eastern quarter you’ll come across a magnificent lake which has rowing and motor boats available for hire. There’s also a bandstand and a small crazy golf course along with one of the other rose gardens. The Western quarter has a 5000 seater cricket ground-home to the Blackpool Cricket Club-besides a sports arena and a sports centre. The Southern quarter contains huge playing fields, tennis courts, skate park, astro turf pitches, children’s play area and also the model village. At the park you can also find a trim trail which is great for the kids and a shuttle train which takes you on a journey around the scenic park.
Other facilities include pedal boating, putting, electric cars, trampolines, inflatables, fishing and so much more.
There’s so much to do at this family friendly park and there’s often events on so that there’s something to keep everyone entertained! With its laid back atmosphere, the park’s café is a brilliant spot to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea along with treats such as ice cream and cakes which are also on offer.
This 390-acre park is open from 9:00 am daily with free admission and the park’s many activities start at only £1.
Stanley Park is the masterful work of Edwardian landscape designer Thomas Mawson. It was opened in October 1926 by Edward G.V. Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, from whom the park takes its name.
Mawson aimed to create a recreational space away from the sea front that encompassed the spirit of Blackpool and would be attractive to residents and visitors alike. Stanley Park would bring together bountiful gardens, stunning architecture and an abundance of sporting facilities, including tennis, golf and hockey courts, a cricket ground and a twenty-six-acre boating lake. Subsequent years would see the boating lake used for a number of activities, including ice skating in the sub-zero temperatures of 1927 and 1940.
The bandstand, which overlooks the lake, is styled on the stunning Temple of Aphrodite in the gardens of Versailles. This striking auditorium and amphitheatre opened in 1928 with a concert from the Culcheth Military Bands, and is still used in summer months for well-attended performances.
The Cocker Clock Tower, which opened in 1927, is a memorial to first Mayor of Blackpool, W.H. Cocker. Cocker was a catalyst for the town’s early successes, and upon his death in 1911 thousands gathered in St John’s Square to say their final goodbyes to the ‘Father of Blackpool’.
In addition to the beautiful Rose Gardens, the vibrant Italian Gardens stand in the heart of the park with a captivating water fountain in the centre. The gardens are overlooked by the majestic ‘Medici’ lions, purchased by Blackpool Council from Stowe House in 1922. The originals have now been returned to Stowe House on long-term loan for their safety, and replaced with identical copies.
The lions stand on either side of steps that reach the stunning Art Deco ‘Parks’ café. Early plans show that this was set to be the site of a new Town Hall, with illustrations depicting a similar building to the Cardiff Town Hall in its place. Not wanting to mix business with pleasure, the café was built on this site in 1933.