Information on parks, opening times and events. Our award-winning Green Flag parks and public open spaces create a good impression for both residents and visitors.

Commonwealth Games Time Trial - West Park
Please note from 14 July until 12 August 2022 the Commonwealth Games Time Trial event is being set up in West Park. During this period there will be restricted access to some areas of the park including the bandstand. West Park café is open until Sunday 31 July. It will then be closed from Monday 1 August and reopen to the public on Saturday 6 August. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time period but hope you will join us in welcoming this prestigious event to our City.

Parks
Bantock Park

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.

Location

Bantock Park
Finchfield Road
Wolverhampton
WV3 9LQ

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
  • 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

View improvements to Bantock Park.

East Park

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.

Location

East Park
Hickman Avenue
Wolverhampton
WV1 2BS

Facilities

  • football pitches
  • a children's play area
  • a paddling pool
  • tennis courts
  • rangers events
West Park

Commonwealth Games Time Trial - West Park
Please note from 14 July until 12 August 2022 the Commonwealth Games Time Trial event is being set up in West Park. During this period there will be restricted access to some areas of the park including the bandstand. West Park café is open until Sunday 31 July. It will then be closed from Monday 1 August and reopen to the public on Saturday 6 August. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time period but hope you will join us in welcoming this prestigious event to our City.

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. 

Location

West Park
Park Road West
Wolverhampton
WV1 4PH

Facilities and attractions

  • picnics
  • 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.

Friends Group

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.

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Northycote Farm

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
  • Pigs

Other things to do include regular events held throughout the year, such as:

  • Easter Egg Trails
  • May Day Celebrations
  • Music
  • 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
Underhill Lane
Bushbury
Wolverhampton
WV10 7JF

Opening hours

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 

Entry

There is free entry to the farm and woodland, car park and tea rooms. However, some events may charge a small fee.

Hickman Park

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.

Location

Hickman Park
Wolverhampton Street
Bilston
Wolverhampton
WV14 0LZ

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
Phoenix Park

Location

Dudley Road
Blakenhall
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV2 3JU

Facilities

Visitors to the park can enjoy:

  • Children's play area
  • Seated amphitheatre
  • Two ball courts
  • Lighting
  • Network of paths
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Playing fields
  • Horticultural improvements
  • Wildflower meadow areas
  • Revamped entrance area, signage
  • Car Park
  • Toilet
  • Parks clock
  • Play facilities for all ages
  • BMX track through the woods
  • Woodland area

These have improved visitor numbers - use of park facilities and community use of the park (including Walking for Health etc.).

If you would like to tell us about your visit to Phoenix Park, or if you are interested in becoming a ‘Friend of Phoenix Park’, please email us at MyParkVisit@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

St Peter's Gardens

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.

Awards

The gardens successfully achieved Green Flag status again this year, following a successful first bid in 2010.  

Access

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.

Park opening and closing times

The parks open daily at 7.30 am (some sites may be open earlier) and close at the following times:

1 February 2022 – 28 February 2022 - 5.30pm
1 March 2022 – 31 March 2022 - 6.30pm
1 April 2022 – 30 April 2022 - 8.00pm
1 May 2022 – 31 May 2022 - 8.30pm
1 June 2022 – 31 August 2022 - 9.00pm
1 September 2022 – 30 September 2022 - 7.30pm
1 October 2022 – 31 October 2022 - 6.30pm
1 November 2022 – 31 Dec 2022 - 5.00pm

Please note: it takes time to lock all our parks, please do not enter after the official closing time - even if the gates are still open.

Keep up to date with the latest government guidance when visiting parks.

Park events

Regular Activities

NCT Toddle Waddle

Join other new parents for a stroll around West Park whilst chatting and making new friends.

Where: West Park
When: Tuesdays at 11:30am and Fridays at 1:30pm
More information: Free but you must register to attend. Find out more...


Jolly Joggers

Jolly Joggers is a beginner’s couch to 5k running programme for people who want to improve their mental health by being more active. It is led by friendly, qualified run leaders who have personal experience of mental health problems on behalf of Black Country Mental Health.

Where: West Park
When:

  • Term 1: 22 Jan - 9 April 2022
  • Term 2: 23 April - 9 July 2022
  • Term 3: 17 Sept - 3 Dec 2022

Times: Saturdays at 10:15am
More information: All bookings are to be made via BCMH Website . Find out more...


Junior Park Run

It’s a free junior 2k event for children aged 4-10 yrs old.

Where: King George V Playing fields
When: Every Sunday
Times: 9am – 9:30am
More information: Find out more...


Park Run (East Park)

Come along and join in the 5K run. It's FREE but you must register.  

Where: East Park
When: Every Saturday
Times: 9am – 10am
More information: Find out more...


Park Run (West Park)

Come along and join in the 5K run. It's FREE but you must register.  

Where: West Park
When: Every Saturday
Times: 9am – 10am
More information: Find out more...


Coopers Troopers Bootcamp

Coopers Troopers Bootcamp is an outdoor, 60-minute session. Sessions are designed and delivered by current or ex-military instructors and aim to target a certain heart rate to enable members to achieve the best workout that will leave you burning calories even after the session ends.

Where: Bantock Park
When:

  • Tuesdays - 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursdays - 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Sundays - 9:30am – 10:30am

More information: Find out more...


Power Hour Female Fitness

‘Power Hour’ is a Tuesday morning session held at East Park playing fields encouraging females to improve their fitness via informal aerobic physical activity sessions.

Where: East Park
When: Tuesdays
Times: 9:30am – 10:30am
More information: Find out more...


WVSC – Social Prescribing Offer for Younger People

Free outdoor activities for younger people to include walking, team building activities such as orienteering.

Where: West Park
When: Saturdays
Times: 11:00am – 11:45am
More information: For more information please email ben@benmescamfitness.com


Events

Harry Jones Fun Fair 

Fun fair rides and entertainment for all the family.

Where: Phoenix Park
When: 3 August - 7 August
Times: 12 noon – 8pm
More information: For more information, please contact info@harryjonescompany.com  Entry fee and charges for rides apply.


Staffordshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club

Visually impaired cricket practice.

Where: Bantock Park
When: Saturday 30 July & 27 August
Times: 12 noon – 2pm
More information: Private sessions by invite only.


New Park Village Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities for young people, including outdoor games which will be played at the park.

Where: Heath Town Park 
When:

  • Mon – Thurs (25th-28th July) - 10am – 2pm
  • Mon – Thurs (1st – 4th August) - 10am – 2pm
  • Mon – Thurs (8th – 11th August) - 10am – 2pm
  • Mon – Thurs (15th – 18th August) - 10am – 2pm

More information: For more information please contact francesraeoliver@gmail.com

 


Kicks In The Park

Regular sports facilitation for young people, aged 8-18. The objective is to provide structured sports activation, engaging young people through football using the power of the Wolves brand. A range of football based activities will be provided by our coaches as well as mentoring opportunities.

Where and When:

  • East Park - 8th & 22nd August - 15:00pm – 17:00pm
  • Heath Town Park - 1st & 15th August - 15:00pm – 17:00pm
  • Bantock Park - 2nd, 9th 16th & 23rd August - 15:00pm – 17:00pm
  • West Park - 11th, 18th , 25th August & 1st September - 15:00pm – 17:00pm

More information: For more information please contact carlackasovs@wolves.co.uk


Wolves Play Café

Outdoor stay and play session for under 7s with your own family play station to enjoy the session, rhymes and songs to join in with, play boxes and play stations to stimulate and engage your little one, with a range of sensory and physical activity resources and a chance to chat with other caregivers.

Where and When:

  • West Park - 12, 19 & 26 August, 2 September - 10am – 2pm
  • Ward Street Park - 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August - 10am – 2pm
  • Phoenix Park - 8, 15, 22 & 29 August - 10am – 2pm

More information: For more information please contact info@wolvesplaycafe.org


Jollies Inflatables  

Join the Jollies team for inflatable fun in the sun at Bantock Park. Multiple inflatables for all children to enjoy.  

Where: Bantock Park
When: Saturday 6 – Sunday 14 August 
Times: 11am – 5pm
More information:
For further information please visit the Jollies Inflatables – Fun In The Sun Facebook page. 
Wristbands £9, Under 2’s £1, Accompanying Adults £1 


Community Playing Out

Join the local community playing in the park with organised games, art and song activities, play areas and sports activities.

Where: Peace Green Park
When: Wednesdays in August  on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
Times: 2pm - 5pm
More information: Event is free to attend. For more information, please contact the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Wolverhampton.


City Church Holiday Club

A week of fun, music, stories, and games for children, with parents in observance, in Bantock Park provided by City Church Wolverhampton.

Where: Bantock Park
When: 8-13 August
Times: 9am – 4pm daily
More information: For more information please contact
tim@citychurchwolverhampton.com


Tettenhall Food & Drink Festival 

Street food and community market.

Where: Upper Green, Tettenhall
When:
Saturday 10 September - 10am – 8pm
Sunday11 September - 10am – 5pm

More information:
Event is free to attend. For more information please contact dermot@lsdpromotions.com


Contact the parks department

If you have a query about one of the city's parks or green spaces please complete our general enquiry form providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

If you would like to hire one of Wolverhampton's Park spaces, please complete the application form in the downloads section on the Outdoor Events page.

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