News Archive


Next Meeting: Visitor Centre 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 20th August.

Bandstand, Sunday, 21st August, Maiden Lancashire, Raven, 1pm to 4.30pm

The Visitor Centre: Summer Opening Wed to Sun inclusive 11am to 3pm. Current exhibition is ‘Blackpool Sandcastle 30 years’

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


Friday evening July 22nd to Saturday afternoon July 30th


Blackpool In Bloom 2016

Entries are in for 2016 Blackpool in Bloom and judging will be during week commencing 11th July. Categories are listed below the image.

1. Small Private Gardens and Back Yards
2. Medium Private Gardens
3. Large Private Gardens
4. Conservation Garden
5. Community Gardens(community centres, nursing homes, flats etc)
6. Hanging Baskets
7. Illuminated Gardens
8. Street in Bloom
9. Hotels & Holiday Flats(10 rooms or less)
10. Hotels & Holiday Flats(10 rooms or more)
11. Pubs, Restaurants & Tourist Attractions
12. Commercial

Saturday 2nd April. Shakespeare Festival – Friends of Stanley Park performed ‘Twelfth Night’ in the Visitor Centre



Easter Fair 26th & 27th March with Easter Bonnet Parade at noon on Sunday 27th

The Easter Fair went roaringly well. Cakes and coffee, stalls and raffles. Most of all the Easter Bonnet Parade brought in a great entry. With one entry bribing the judges with free eggs from his hat.

Lining up for the start of the ‘grown up’s’ parade:

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

Elaine the Chairman with fancy hat:

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

Egg briber caught in the act:

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

The winning hat by Christine Lambe, quite a star:

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

No talking in line:

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

Photos from Nikki of 2 wonderful entries:

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

A winner every time, hook a bag and see what’s inside:

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016

Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016


Easter Fair at Stanley Park Visitor Centre 2016


Christmas Fair 29th November 2015

Sum raised was £1068. Thankyou for everyone who attended. This will be very useful for the park.

Another successful Christmas Fair collecting funds for activities on the park in the summer. Thanks to all who came and contributed. Thanks to the members who set it up and put it away, stood on the stalls, made the cakes and brought and bought things.

The Mayor and Mayoress Councillors Peter and Maxine Callow opened the Christmas Fair. With Carole Thaw, left, and Elaine Smith the Chairman of Friends of Stanley Park, right.

At the Blackpool Council and Volunteer Centre thankyou to volunteers event at the Winter Gardens yesterday Carole Thaw won an award for her voluntary work on the Bandstand Shows.

The cake stall is always very popular and rightly so.

Santa waits in his grotto while the bottle tombola simmers.

There is no members meeting in November. The Christmas Fair is on Sunday 29th November.

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Weekend 26/27th September in the Visitor Centre was a big success raising £1177.

Love Parks Week Review, 26th July to 2nd Aug

Love Parks Week 2015 was a big success with the weather being kind for most of the time and a high turn out. Radio Lancashire spent Wednesday afternoon on the park when Love Parks was supplemented by Family Day and Lancashire v Middlesex in a one day game. Another success was the Wizard of Oz Yellow Brick Road in Salisbury Woodland which gave a chance for some dressing up.

Radio Lancashire on Stanley Park
Dinosaur photo from Caroline Threlfall.Dinosaur

Witch Stanley Park

Community Award for Friends of Stanley Park

Friends of Stanley Park is one of the community groups in the 12 prize winners of the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards. We will not know how much the prize will be until the 25th June but it will be used to help towards building a wild flower meadow in the park in the shape of a bumble bee. Grateful thanks to the Park Staff for their help!

Love Parks Week
26th July to 2nd August 2015

All events free of charge, some need booking.

Bug Hunt, Archery, Woodland Discovery, Bush Craft, Baby Dinosaur, Circus School, Wizard of Oz, Orienteering.

Please note the age restrictions.

Download a pdf version click here.

Sunday 26th July

Meet at the Salisbury Woodland East Park Drive entrance

Bug Hunt 10am -11am, 11am -12noon, 8-12yrs.

Den Building & Welly Walking  12.30pm-1.30pm,  1.30pm-2.30pm, 5-7yrs.
To book these events call the Parks & Open Spaces Admin. line on 01253 478358

Monday 27th July

Meet on the field to the rear of the Bandstand, Stanley Park                                                                           
Archery 10am-11am, 11am-12noon,  12.30pm-1.30pm,  1.30pm- 2.30pm.  8-14yrs.

To book this event call the Parks & Open Spaces Admin. line on 01253 478358

Tuesday 28th July

Meet at the Salisbury Woodland East Park Drive entrance.

Woodland Discovery   10am-11am, 11am-12noon (all ages)
Survival Skills  12.30pm-1.30pm,  1.30pm-2.30pm  (8-14yrs)

To book these events call the Parks & Open Spaces Admin. line on 01253 478358

Wednesday 29th July

Meet at the Salisbury Woodland East Park Drive entrance.

Bush Crafts  10am-11am, 11am-12noon, 12.30pm-1.30pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm (8-14yrs)

To book this event call the Parks & Open Spaces Admin. line on 01253 478 358

Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th & Friday 31st

From the Visitor Centre, Stanley Park

Orienteering 11am – 2pm. Orienteering is all about finding your way around a specially laid out course, usually armed with only a map. But don’t panic, you’ll quickly learn how to find your way! No booking required. (8-14yrs)

Thursday 30th July

Located by the Cocker Memorial Clock Tower, Stanley Park

Meet the baby Dinosaur 11.30am-12noon, 1.30pm-2pm, 2.30pm-3pm. (all ages)

No booking required

Be Creative, Make a Floral Hand – 11am to 2pm – Visitor Centre – All Ages. No booking required. With the Grundy Art Gallery.

Friday 31st July

Meet at the Bandstand, Stanley Park.

Circus School  10am-11am, 1pm-2pm,  3pm-4pm (all ages)

To book this event call the Parks and Open Spaces Admin. line on 01253 478358

Be Creative, Make a Floral Hand – 11am to 2pm – Visitor Centre – All Ages. No booking required. With the Grundy Art Gallery.

Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd August

Salisbury Woodland East Park Drive entrance

Wizard of Oz Family Festival 11am – 4pm (last entrant 3pm daily)

Follow the Yellow Brick Road and find The Emerald City! See the Wizard perform his tricks!  On the journey you will meet all your favourite characters.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the festivities……with Prizes and Surprises!  No booking required.

Activities will also take place in the Visitor Centre on these days.

High Ropes on Stanley Park Blackpool

The Blackpool High Ropes course in Stanley Park is under construction and due to be open to the public in May.

There will be an eight metre high ropes course, a four metre high “low ropes” course. As well as a zip wire and a rock climbing wall, swinging tyres, a series of bridges and obstacles and a “leap of faith”.

Prices will start from just £8 per person and a range of packages will be available, including:

– Team building and corporate packages for local businesses
– Curricular and extra-curricular activities for schools and colleges
– Skill development and team building packages for youth and community groups
– Birthday parties for younger and older people

The facility is suitable for anyone aged 5 years and up.

Find out more

Telephone 01253 478474.

Easter Fair Sunday 5th April at 11am in the Visitor Centre.

The 2015 bandstand shows have been announced. Click here.


Christmas Fair was on Sunday 30th November from 10am until 1.30pm.  Money raised is to help pay for the bandstand and other events.

The Visitor Centre will be closed until Half Term. Exact opening hours will be announced. It is open for hire, please see here.

Hire the Park Click here for details.

Christmas Tree Festival at the Winter Gardens 2014

The Friends of Stanley Park entered 2 trees, one on behalf on Blackpool in Bloom. 70 trees were entered by organisations from all over Blackpool. School choirs sang and Santa was in his Grotto, a good time was had by all. November 22nd / 23rd 2014 in the Blackpool Winter Gardens Derham Lounge.

Friends of Stanley Park tree:

Elaine, Chairman of Friends of Stanley Park, in Christmas mood:

Beautiful Blackpool, Blackpool in Bloom tree:

Santander Volunteers paint the fences

Every year over 1,500 Santander employees support around 150 projects across the country, working on conservation and regeneration projects and educational schemes with schools.

A big thankyou from us to the Volunteers who came to Stanley Park to work with staff to paint over 600 metres of lakeside fencing and picnic furniture and presented the Friends of Stanley Park with a generous cheque.

Scarecrow Festival June 14th & 15th 2014

What a great time was had by all at the Scarecrow Festival put on by Blackpool Civic Trust and supported by the Friends of Stanley Park.

Opened by the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Val Haynes, in the Salisbury Woodlands with scarecrows all the way from East Park Drive to the Zoo end. Some 200. There was a scarecrow quiz, tea and cakes. Andy Mitchell of Radio Wave came as well. Thanks to the schools and sponsoring businesses as well as the members of the Civic Trust and Friends of Stanley Park who made many of the scarecrows and cakes and volunteered to set it out and staff it for the day.

Here are a group of Mereside pirates, no wonder people were very afraid. Just look the expressions on their faces and those big hats. The terror!

Next along comes a very big pigeon, good job there are none this big in our garden. This is Cher Ami recalling pigeons that fought in the war carrying messages.

We have a lot of photos and more will appear.

Here is a scarecrow themed sweet store. Manned by scarecrows for the day (we have to say that).

Meanwhile fresh from the airport came a hostess with a suitcase, wonder what was in there. Many scarecrows were sponsored. This one is the Alpha Hotel in King Edward Avenue, we saw Sages Hardware, B&C Plasterers and Number One South Beach Hotel as well. What great sports! A round of applause.

So what’s going on here. We can’t have sleeping in the Woodland!

Finally who sponsored these? They lost their money. Ha, ha.

New Statues were mounted in the park in March 2014:

Replacement statues on Stanley Park, March 2014

Replacement statues on Stanley Park, March 2014

The Lions return to the Italian Gardens

Saturday 7th September 2013. The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool, Councillor Eddie Collett and Mrs Heather Collett, attended a ceremony to unveil the new lions that are replicates of the ones loaned to Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. Also in attendance were representatives from Stowe School and members the Blackpool Council team responsible for the lions.

Below, the Mayor of Blackpool about to unveil one of the lions:The Mayor of Blackpool unveiling the first lion

The unveiled lion:

The newly unveiled lion at Stanley Park

The Mayor and Mayoress happily survey their work:The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool at the lion unveiling ceremony

The two lions on Sunday 8th September:New lions on Stanley Park

Blackpool Stanley Park’s Lions unveiled at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire

The two 1790’s Medici lions that overlooked the Italian Gardens since the park opened have been loaned to Stowe School.

At the Stowe School 90th year celebration Prince Michael of Kent unveiled them and Simon Blackburn the leader of Blackpool Council accompanied him.

The Chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park Elaine Smith, Council deputy chief executive Carmel McKeogh and head of heritage Carl Carrington were also present, as on the photo below.

Blackpool Council bought the lions from Stowe in 1922 and have now agreed to lease them back in a 50-year agreement. Blackpool will receive full size identical replicas funded by the World Monuments Fund and the Paul Mellon estate. They are expected to be unveiled in July.

Photo of the Blackpool delegation with Prince Michael of Kent.

Photo of one of the lions and Simon Blackburn.

Photo of the other lion.

Gardening Group of Volunteers

Every Saturday morning for 10 years Joyce Street & Joyce Mills have been doing jobs that enable the park gardeners to concentrate on bigger jobs. They are two of the real friends of the park and a massive thanks to them.

Blackpool Heritage Walks - Stanley Park


Since 2014, Guided Tours of the park are only available by special appointment. There will be a fee.

Come with us, step back in time and enjoy our guided tours of two great Blackpool heritage sites – the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Illuminations Depot. Be engaged, enthralled and entertained by our expert, fully trained and knowledgeable guides. Discover the fascinating, magical and unique stories of these two fabulous places.

Click here to visit their website

People with disabilities are very welcome, please make your requirements known at time of booking. Special tours for prebooked parties can be arranged at preferential rates.

Book your place now…
By calling visitBlackpool on (01235) 478222

Online at
or visit Blackpool’s Tourist Information Centre,
Festival House, Peoples Promenade (opposite
Blackpool Tower).

Stanley Park Bandstand Summer Shows:Rupert Fabulous


We would like to advise that we have nothing to do with personal tributes to deceased relatives in the park. If anyone wishes to make such an arrangement will they please contact the Parks Department on 01253 478263.

The Floral Clock is back!

New on the park – the restored Floral Clock. Telling the right time as well.

Floral Clock Stanley Park Blackpool
Floral Clock Stanley Park Blackpool

Facebook Pages

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