It is one of Wolverhampton's district parks and has a proud history, going back to 1896. The park is approximately 18 hectares in size. East Park is a focus of great pride for the people living nearby.
- football pitches
- a children's play area
- a paddling pool
- tennis courts
- rangers events
It is a fine example of a Victorian municipal park and was one of the best in the country to set a trend for the provision of areas for specific sporting activities (originally bowls, archery and cricket). The park is considered to be one of the best, unspoilt examples of a Victorian park left in England and is Wolverhampton's premier open space.
The park is 17 hectares (roughly 43 acres) in area (including its lake) and provides a beautifully landscaped green space within a ten-minute walk of Wolverhampton city centre.
Park Road West
Facilities and attractions
- tennis courts
- chalet tearooms
- children's play area
- bowling green (located in Park Crescent)
- disabled access
- heated Victorian Conservatory is open to the public 11am to 4pm daily Thursday to Sunday and is staffed by volunteers of the Conservatory Project Group, members of Friends of West Park.
West Park has a well-established Friends Group with charitable status that meets monthly and has many volunteer opportunities, including indoor and outdoor gardening sessions and events and is keen to attract new members/volunteers. Please call 01902 551145 for more information about volunteering at this site or others throughout Wolverhampton.
There are many informal walks through the woodland and opportunities to view or photograph a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitats.
Northycote Farm has on its site a Tudor farmhouse which is steeped in history. The farmhouse itself is not always open to the public, but throughout the year, it is opened to the public for tours and other events.
At the farm
There are many informal walks through the woodland. These offer opportunities to view or photograph a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitats. Animals at the farm include:
- Norfolk Black Turkeys
- Geese, chickens, ducks and guinea fowl
- Shropshire sheep
Other things to do include regular events held throughout the year, such as:
- Easter Egg Trails
- May Day Celebrations
- Town and Country Show
- Harvest Festival
- House tours run by the Friend's Group
- Halloween Events
- Christmas Events; log dressing, wreath making, star dedication and traditional Christmas Fayre's with Father Christmas
Also open for all of the farm's events are the tea rooms and picnic area and on-site there are facilities for baby changing and disabled toilets.
Location and contact details
Northycote Farm operates different open hours to the rest of the city's parks:
- The animal enclosures are open 9am to 4pm
- The car park is open 8am to 5pm
- Christmas Day: closed
There is free entry to the farm and woodland, car park and tea rooms. However, some events may charge a small fee.
The park is located half a mile from Bilston Town Centre. The park opened in 1911 as a memorial to Sir Alfred Hickman, a local industrialist and former MP.
Hickman Park is currently undergoing restoration, in a project funded by the Heritage Lottery. The park will be returned to its original splendour, with the benefits of modern facilities.
There is now a new building to house the park rangers; a meeting room, toilet and baby changing facilities.
There is also an open-air theatre which has been restored, alongside the Park Shelter, after funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The theatre has, in the past, held many events and once again is starting to gain attention by being used regularly.
Things to do
As well as the theatre, there is a sports arena with terracing. The arena is an ideal place for both playing sports and for spectators. In addition to all of the usual things to enjoy in parks, walking, exercising well-behaved and controlled dogs etc. there is also:
- mini football pitches
- toddler/children's play area
- urban sports court (multi-ball)
- rangers events
- wildflower meadow
- Sons of Rest group
Today, visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of attractions:
- Sensory garden
- Children's play area
- Seated amphitheatre
- Two ball courts
- Shelters with integrated radio
- Network of paths
- Outdoor fitness equipment
- Playing fields
- Horticultural improvements
- Wildflower meadow areas
- Lavender maze
- Revamped entrance area, signage
- Car park
- Parks clock
- Play facilities for all ages
- BMX track through the woods
- Woodland area
These have improved visitor numbers - use of parks facilities, increased nature ranger-led events, community use of the park - including Walking for Health etc.
St Peter's Collegiate Church and Lich Gate War Memorial Gardens
Occupying a site of great historical importance; the settlement of Wolverhampton became a centre of local religious, political and economic importance during the 10th Century, although the original church had its origins in the 7th Century.
Since the decline of the gardens from the 1940s onward; various restoration phases have been undertaken, including the many heritage structures.
- Horsman Fountain (also listed)
- Harris Memorial (known locally as the 'sailor statue')
- Saxon Pillar
- Bargaining Stone.
The Horsman Fountain dates from 1896, and commemorates Philip Horsman, a local businessman who founded Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and the Wolverhampton & Staffordshire Eye Infirmary; whilst the Harris Memorial commemorates a wireless operator in World War I who, whilst posted to an Italian ship, continued to send messages whilst under heavy fire until he was killed by shrapnel on 15 May 1917.
Representing one of the few areas of green space located in the Wolverhampton City Centre Conservation Area (designated in 1972). The gardens form the setting for St Peter's Collegiate Church, which is one of two Grade I Listed Buildings in the City. Providing the setting for other important buildings such as the nearby Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
The gardens were originally part of the church's graveyard. They were handed over to the town at the end of the 19th century and turned into gardens.
The gardens successfully achieved Green Flag status again this year, following a successful first bid in 2010.
The gardens are located on a hill in the centre of the city and can present difficulties for those with impaired mobility.
Opportunities to improve site accessibility are limited due to the historic sensitivity and the gradients involved.
Wheelchair/pushchair users access via lower south/east gardens and to the south porch of the church.
It is one of Wolverhampton's district parks and has a rich history. Bequeathed to its present-day custodians in 1938 on the death of Alderman Albert Bantock, this former farm has undergone restoration works, partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The park is approximately 16 hectares (39.53 acres). The west of the park is mostly open space, which still retains its 'rural' character, with gently undulating ground, hedgerows and a variety of trees with a nature trail. The eastern side of the park changes near the house, becoming more formal, consisting of a series of recently restored gardens, reminiscent of the detail emerging around the late nineteenth/twentieth century.
Here you can see the BBC site showing 360 degree pictures of the site.
Things to do
Bantock Park is a great venue for a range of activities at low or no cost. A picnic in the park is something the whole family can enjoy, from toddlers to grandparents. The children's play area has many challenges for young children, for example, traditional monkey bars and swings to multi-play units. A range of other facilities to enjoy across the age ranges include:
- Re-built changing rooms
- 9 hole pitch and putt golf course - please note the pitch and putt do not have set open times. You can call 01902 552195 in advance to find out if the course will be open.
- tea room
- Bantock House Museum
- Georgian farm buildings (home to a range of nature, educational, dance, music and theatrical events, activities and exhibitions)
Improvements to Bantock Park
The following parks are closed in accordance with the Park's local bylaws:
- Ashmore Park
- Bantock Park
- Barnhurst Lane open space car park
- Claregate PF
- East Park
- Meadow View Car Park
- Northwood Park
- Smestow Valley
- Wednesfield Park
- West Park
All parks are unlocked between 7am and 8am each morning
Please vacate the park prior to these times stated below:
|1 January to 31 January 2019||5.00 pm|
|1 February to 28 February||5.30 pm|
|1 March to 31 March||6.30 pm|
|1 April to 30 April||8.00 pm|
|1 May to 31 May||8.30 pm|
|1 June to 31 August||9.00 pm|
|1 September to 30 September||7.30 pm|
|1 October to 31 October||6.30 pm|
|1 November to 31 December||5.00 pm|
These park opening times will also be displayed in the site Notice Boards located adjacent the entrance gate(s)
Never enter a park after the park's official closing time - even if the gates are still open.
The locking of the parks will commence in a sequence after the park's closing time, therefore, the actual locking time may be up to 90 minutes later.
In the unlikely event you should find yourself locked in the park please call the Council's out of office hours on 01902 552999.
In the event of an emergency please call 999.
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