Friends of Queen's Park Heywood -
Thanks for visiting!
 
Queen's Park is located on:
Queen's Park RoadHeywood OL10 4UY
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Queen’s Park is an award winning Green Flag park, and has been a much loved feature of Heywood since its opening in 1879.
 
Facilities
  • Lake and river bank 
  • Orienteering courses
  • Toddlers play area
  • BMX track
  • Activity centre
  • Cycle racks
  • Grassland areas
  • Café
  • Visitor centre
  • Play area
  • Multi use events area
  • Tennis courts
  • Free car park
  • Wetland and wildlife areas
  • Wildlife walk
  • Crown green bowling greens and pavilion
  • Toilets
  • Site based park warden
  • Secure fully fenced site
 
Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is open daily when there are events. An audio visual display is the highlight, and there are static displays giving a brief insight into the history of the park.
 
Café
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the café for drinks, ice creams, sandwiches or snack meals. The café is open daily from 10am.
If you'd like to book somewhere different for a group evening meal (minimum 10 people) or follow on from an evening guided tour, the café changes it's covers and provides excellent meals, contact the warden on 07976 059534.
 
Orienteering courses
The orienteering courses have been revamped and range from difficult to easy, but also include 1 specifically for schools, a disabled course and a buggy course. Maps are available from the Wardens office and cost £1.
 
Weddings
If you're looking for that special place to take your wedding photos please contact the warden on 07976 059534. Come and have a look.
 
 
Filming
Queen's Park has been the choice of TV producers to provide the backdrop of their filming projects. If you want to recce the park for TV filming purposes contact us on the details below.
 
Cyclists
The park provides cycle racks for safe storage facilities if you want to cycle here.
 
EventsBowling Club
Juniors 8-16 years and adults 17 plus. New members always welcome. If you have mobility difficulties there is a purpose-built wheelchair available.
Every Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm, meet at the bowling green.
Contact: Queen's Park Warden on 07976 059534.
 
Summer car boot sales
In the summer months car boot sales take place in the tennis court area of the park. For details look for adverts in your local newspaper.
 
Friends of Queen's Park
The Friends of Queen's Park are involved in helping to improve its facilities and set up events to attract the community to the area. To find out more call the park warden on 07976 059534.
 
History
In 1873 Martin J Newhouse, a wealthy Heywood merchant, died without making a will. A sum of £10,000 was then passed to Queen Victoria who gave the money to the people of Heywood. After much deliberation, the Heywood board decided on a park for the town and Queen's Park was created. The original park was restricted to 20 acres, known locally as the 'top part', and down the banking as far as the Serpentine Lake. The Boating Lake and the bottom field areas came much later.
The Queen's gardeners designed the layout of the gardens, including the circular bandstand, café and fountain and local people were employed to build them.
At the grand opening in 1879, local traders, mills, schools, churches and Sunday schools took part in the parade which, due to its size, took 1 and a half hours to reach the park!
In 1911 the bowling club opened. The green is the largest in the North West of England and the second largest in Great Britain.
After World War I the town obtained government grants to build a boating lake using unemployed labour. On 18 May 1921, at least 90 men started breaking the soil for the lake and by 25 March the following year 150 were working on the lake, which gives an indication of how high unemployment was in Heywood at this time.
In August 1921 the council agreed to appoint a boatsman and the lake was officially opened on 14 April 1922. The grounds were extended over a further 20 acres in 1923.
In June 1989 the Queen's Park Restoration Group was established. After funding from the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the park is now regarded as one of the best – having had over £1 million invested in its restoration. Many of the historic features including the unique 1950s open air theatre, the original lodge building (housing a new visitors' centre) and the Victorian fountain have all been renovated. The grant also funded a face lift for the café and major improvements to landscaping, footpaths and play areas. In 2007 it was given Green Flag status and an excellence award from the National Civic Trust.
Wildlife, flora and fauna
The lake area and river bank was made an area of Special Biological Interest (SBI) in 2004. This was due to the large flock of herons that colonise the island and the sand martins that live in the river bank. Other birds that are often seen around the lake include kingfishers, goosanders, tufted ducks and the occasional great crested grebe.
 
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