Friends of Stanley Park

Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland, Blackpool

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Stanley Park Blackpool, The fountain in the Italian Gardens

 

Welcome, please join us

We are a friendly group who work with the co-operation of Blackpool Council to make the park as attractive and interesting as possible.

Meet new friends and become involved in park life.

If you are interested in joining us or becoming a volunteer please use the link below

Click Here to go to the Join Us Page

Awarded to the Friends of Stanley Park June 2022:

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2022 Friends of Stanley Park Blackpool

 

Monthly Meetings at 2pm in the Visitor Centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

The next monthly meeting is on Saturday 20th August 2022 in the Visitor Centre at 2pm to 4pm.

Guest Speaker to be announced.

 

 

If you are interested in joining us please contact Caroline Fowler, our membership secretary.
Click Here to email Caroline Fowler

Telephone 01253 440286

Membership is £10 for an individual or family.

Click here to download the membership form in pdf format 

Click here to download the membership form in Word format

 

Stanley Park Blackpool is an award winning Grade II* listed park a mile inland from the promenade. Voted best park in the UK twice, 2017 and 2019 in the Fields in Trust vote, it contains two large lakes, superb floral displays, top class sports facilities and many leisure facilities for all the family. We're proud to be able to work with Blackpool Council on maintaining this fine asset for our town.

 

Sunday 21st August 2022 on the bandstand
Live Music 1 to 4.30pm.

Graeme the King of Bispham

The Cracked

Doin' Sublime

 

Summer in Stanley Park Photographic Exhibition

Coinciding with the Love Parks Week is the start of our new photography exhibition "Summer in Stanley Park" at Stanley Park Visitor Centre.

Almost 80 photographs featuring all aspects of parklife which will be on show until the end of August on Tuesday-Sunday.

Huge thanks to all the photographers who have entered pictures - we're looking forward now to their entries for "Autumn in Stanley Park" which will take place in October.

 

Photographic Exhibition at Stanley Park Visitor Centre Blackpool

Carole Thaw at the Bandstand with the live music programme for 2022.

The full programme is on our events page.

Carole Thaw at Stanley Park Bandstand

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Friends of Stanley Park Blackpool receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 8th July 2022

Vice Lord Lieutenant Mrs Christine Kirk D L presents the Queens Award for Voluntary Service to Nigel Patterson, Chair of The Friends of Stanley Park, at the award ceremony at Lancashire County Hall, Preston on the 8th July. Also present from the Friends of Stanley Park are: Gill Howard, Elaine Smith, ?, Carole Thaw.

 

 

The Friends of Stanley Park are awarded
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2022

2nd June 2022

The Friends of Stanley Park are awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2022

The Friends of Stanley Park, based in Blackpool, have just been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.
The Friends have been in existence for 20 years , since the Park was refurbished with aid from a lottery grant. A Visitor Centre was built and is staffed solely by volunteers who raise funds for projects within the park and involve the community.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.

 Representatives of the Friends will receive the award crystal and certificate from Charles Kay-Shuttleworth, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer. In addition, two volunteers from the Friends will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023 , along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

“We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award, which recognises the contribution of volunteers over the years, in creating the friends of Stanley Park group. This has become a vibrant organisation and receiving the award this year recognises the hard work and commitment shown by the volunteers, who have been instrumental in what we have achieved in the 20 years since its inception. A special thank you should go to our former chairman, Elaine Smith, who led the group for the last 10 years”.   Says Nigel Patterson, Chairman, Friends of Stanley Park.

 

 

The Book Club, please join us every fourth Thursday in the Visitor Centre at 3pm. Next Meeting is Thursday 28th July.

The Friends of Stanley Park Book Club

 

 

 

Elaine Smith and Joyce Street, founding committee members, receive well deserved honorary membership and bouquets with grateful thanks at the AGM. 23rd April 2022.

Elaine Smith and Joyce Street receive bouquets at the AGM April 2022

 

 

Wanted! Volunteers to staff the bandstand shows on Summer Sundays.
Contact Carole Thaw, email her click here

Craft Club: Every Tuesday 10am to 3pm in the Visitor Centre.

Dog Walkers Club: Every Wednesday 10am to noon in the Visitor Centre hosted by Nigel.

Gardeners Club: Every Monday and Thursday 10am to 12. Meet in the Rose Garden or Memorial Garden hosted by Graham.

Book Club: Every 4th Thursday in the Visitor Centre at 3pm.

 

Volunteers always welcome.

 

Events for 2022 taster

Bandstand Concerts Sundays 8th May to 18th September 2022

Easter Fair 16th and 17th April 2022

Platinum Jubilee on the Bandstand 4th June 2022

Love Parks Week 29th July to 5th August 2022

Macmillan Event 24th and 25th September 2022

Halloween 29th and 30th October 2022.

Christmas Fair 3rd and 4th December 2022

Choir Concert 18th December 2022

 

 

Christmas Carols on Stanley Park Blackpool 16th December 2021,  photos by Elizabeth Gomm

 

 

The Visitor Centre is open from 11am to 3pm 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday

Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Information about the park. Staffed by volunteers from the Friends of Stanley Park.

Stanley Park Blackpool Italian Gardens

 

Craft Club: Every Tuesday 10am to 3pm in the Visitor Centre.

Dog Walkers Club: Every Wednesday 10am to noon in the Visitor Centre hosted by Nigel.

Gardeners Club: Every Monday and Thursday 10am to 12. Meet in the Rose Garden or Memorial Garden hosted by Graham.

Book Club at the Visitor Centre on Stanley Park at 3pm on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Volunteers always wanted.

 

Stanley Park Blackpool: Winners of the Fields in Trust best park in the UK 2017 and 2019.
2022 the Friends of Stanley Park were awarded the The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Twice winners of the Fields in Trust UK's Best Park Award, 2017 and 2019. Fields in Trust Best Park in the UK - Stanley Park Blackpool

Fields in Trust Best Park in the UK - Stanley Park Blackpool

Plus 'Best Have a Field Day 2017' from Fields in Trust for the 90th Summer Celebration.

Best Have a Field Day 2017

 

Postal Address:

Friends of Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodland,
c/o Parks & Green Environment Service,
Stanley Park Offices,
West Park Drive,
Blackpool,
FY3 9HU

Updated: 22nd July 2022