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Play areas and Sports 

As well as the café in Lauderdale House and the nature reserve by the upper pond, there are two playgrounds towards the southern end of the park.  One is an enclosed area for children under 5 and the other has equipment for older children and is near the lower Swains Lane entrance.  The Park also offers tennis courts which are bookable here and, new in 2019,  a petanque – or boules – pitch.  Just turn up and play – you can bring your own set or borrow one from the Lauderdale House café.

For more ideas about activities for children and adults – trails, guides, nature hunt and a quiz –  go to our publications page.



Would you like to help keep the park looking good? For over five years the FOWP has taken over the restoration and maintenance of some of the borders and beds in the park. These include the Rose Circle, the upper Lauderdale terraces, the Sensory Border, the Sundial and other nooks and crannies in the park. To fund the work we run plant sales and other events which the volunteers also help to organise.

If you enjoy gardening and want to join us, we meet every Thursday morning [except during the deepest winter months] at the Café. Please use the contact form on this website to express your interest and for more information.

You don’t need experience in gardening, you don’t even need tools or gloves. Just bring yourself. And pass the word on to anyone you think might be interested. Everybody is welcome.