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About Central Park

Since 1908 Central Park has been the main public park in the city of Peterborough and today it continues to be enjoyed by many thousands of visitors each year and has become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Peterborough.

Central Park, situated on Park Crescent, is for all of the people of the city, and is positioned at the heart of the city. It has won the national Green Flag award for many years in succession.  FoCP has in recent years worked with partners to bring improved sports facilities and encourage their use, and to make the park more beautifula dn more nature-friendly.The park provides something for all ages and interests in a beautiful mature landscaped setting.​ 

Boy Holding Racket


Central Park has a combination of formal and informal recreational areas including:

  • Children's play areas

  • Sandpit and soft play area

  • Paddling pool (seasonal - usually opens around 1st May)

  • Sunken garden and sensory garden

  • Sports facilities for tennis (hard and grass courts), bowling greens, table tennis tables, outdoor gym, croquet lawn, football goal and volleyball pitch

  • Bird aviary

  • Walking and jogging paths/routes

  • Picnic area

  • The Willow Cafe (open all year round)

    Parking around the Park is available and public toilets are available within Central Park, which includes a disabled toilet. There are lots of events that take place in the park ranging from concerts, open air theatre productions, sports courses, teddy bears picnics and fun days - please click through to our events page for more details.

Booking Courts/Equipment

Tennis - booking a court
Adults per court per hour                £5.50
Under 16's per court per hour          £3.00
Racket Hire                                         £1.80

Bowls and Croquet - booking information

Per person per hour                        £3.40
Hire of wood per hour                     £0.90
Hire of croquet per set                    £2.20
Adult season ticket                          £44.10
Junior season ticket                        £27.80

To book - the tennis courts have recently been refurbished thanks to a partnership between the Lawn Tennis Association and Peterborough City Council. New access arrangements to the courts will be introduced shortly

History of Central Park

  • The partially completed park was opened in 1877 

  • Admittance to the park was originally by subscription
    only. In 1900 the cost of summer seasons tickets was 15/- for families and 5/- for single people

  • The stone archway entrance from Broadway was presented to Peterborough City Council by the Great Northern Railway in 1913

  • Jimmy the Donkey is buried in Central Park. Jimmy was a courageous wartime mascot of the First Scottish Rifles Regiment during World War One - he transported injured soldiers and boosted wartime morale. After the war, Jimmy was bought by the RSPCA and adopted by
    the Peterborough branch; he helped to raise thousands
    of pounds in funds until his death in 1943

  • The Willow Tree in the centre of the park was planted
    in the mid-1960s on the site of the former bandstand
    that was demolished in 1964. The tree was surplus to requirements from the stock to plant willow trees on
    The Embankment.

Yvonne Lowndes

Yvonne Lowndes founded the Friends of Central Park Committee in 1998 in her endeavour to  ensure the park, and all its facilities could be enjoyed by people of all ages and future generations to come.

Yvonne was the chair person for an incredible 20 years and remained focused and committed throughout.
In order to celebrate the work of such a truly remarkable woman, a memorial plaque was unveiled ​outside the Willow Café, remember to look out for it if you are visiting the park!

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