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Friends of Stanley Park Established 10th July 2002

Welcome, please join us.


Stanley Park Blackpool Italian Gardens and Cocker Clock Tower


Stanley Park Blackpool, a Grade II* listed park, designed by the accomplished Thomas Mawson and containing a mass of features and activities.

We are a friendly group who work with the co-operation of Blackpool Council to make the park as attractive and interesting as possible. If you are interested in joining us or working as a volunteer please contact us.

The Visitor Centre is open  11am-3pm Tues-Sun, except for our Monthly Meetings on the 3rd Saturday.

The Tuesday Craft Club is every Tuesday in the Visitor Centre at 11am until 30th October 2018

Stanley Park Dog Walkers Club every Wednesday in the Visitor Centre 10am to 12.30pm

Gardening Group meet alternate Thursdays

Next Monthly Meeting, Saturday 17th November 2018 at 2pm. 

Our Macmillan Weekend raised £934 for Macmillan, thankyou to everyone who came and all the volunteers.

Halloween Festival 27th/28th October with lots of spooky things in the dark and pumpkin carving on Stanley Park Blackpool

Friends of Stanley Park Blackpool Halloween Festival 27/28 Oct 2018


A Year in the Life of Mike’s Bench

In the Visitor Centre, from Thursday 4th Oct to 24th Oct, a new display of photographs, as featured on BBC North West and BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show.   ‘A Year in the Life of Mike’s Bench’ is a collection of some 300 photographs and commentary taken on the memorial bench in Stanley Park to Mike Foster, gazette photographer, as created by his partner Elizabeth Gomm, a former Gazette reporter.  Please come and see it 4th to 24th October 2018 Tues to Sun 11am to 3pm. Free Entry.

A Year in the Life of Mike's Bench

Our programme of Sunday afternoon live music on the bandstand is complete for 2018.  Thanks to all who came. It was a great year.

In Autumn we have Halloween, Christmas Fair and a Remembrance Display and Theatre production, plus Carol Singing on the Bandstand and Snow Queen theatre show. 

See more events on the Events Page click here


Stanley Park voted the UK’s Best Park 2017 plus Best Field Day 2017 

Out of 360 parks Stanley Park Blackpool won twice at the Fields in Trust Awards November 29th at Lords Cricket Ground.  Thanks to those who voted for us!

Stanley Park Blackpool, Best UK Park 2017
Best UK Field Day 2017 Stanley Park Blackpool, 90th Summer Celebration
Stanley Park Blackpool, UK Best Field Day 2017

In the Visitor Centre

See above for upcoming opening times, meetings and activities in the Visitor Centre.  See our Events page for a full list for this year.

Opening times are from Tuesday to Sunday inclusive 11am to 3pm up to 4th November 2018.

Stanley Park Blackpool Visitor Centre Opening TimesVisitor Centre Opening Times in Summer

Ring 01253 699470 to find out what’s going on and to book for events shown on our Events page.

 90th Summer Celebration 2017

Saturday 8th July a big celebration marking the 90th Summer of Stanley Park with the opening being re-enacted by the 19th Earl of Derby and local Civic Leaders and schools.  The park was opened by the 17th Earl of Derby.    Read more and see our photos click here

The Earl of Derby with the golden key. The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool, Blackpool Town Crier and the Chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park, Elaine Smith

 Join The Friends of Stanley Park as an individual, family or corporate member. Click here to find the application form.

Postal Address: Friends of Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodland, c/o Parks & Green Environment Service, Stanley Park Offices, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HU.
Membership matters please contact Jean Mildren as shown on the About Us page.

Ring us in the Visitor Centre: 01253 699470 or mobile 07554 4387700

Tweet to us @BlackpoolFoSP

Link to our Facebook Page – Friends of Stanley Park – Blackpool

MapPark0816Click here to download a pdf of the map above

Come and see the Italian Gardens, Rose Garden, Memorial Garden, Art Deco Cafe, Ice cream stall, Big Boating Lake, Clock Tower, Free live music, family events, fabulous children’s playground, train, high ropes, low ropes, zip wire, mini golf, BMX track, tennis, football, athletics and cricket ground, sports centre, full size golf course and more. Check for times.