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New annual pass on sale now

New annual pass on sale now

Latest news and events (at a glance - refer to calendar above for detailed information):

New Wild Card on sale!
For a one off payment of £40 a family of two adults and two children can access the Butterfly House, the Mini Beast Cave and the Animal Garden for an unlimited amount of times for a whole year. Available at the gift shop - they make great presents too!

Christmas Carol Concerts in the Ashton Memorial
Enjoy a festive carol concert in Lancaster's finest venues followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
The Royal School of Church Music, Lancashire Area Choir Monday 15th December 
Tickets cost £8.50 buy online now

The Lancaster Singers Tuesday 16th December. Tickets £9.00 Buy online now

The Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir Featuring Lancaster City Brass
Wednesday 17th December Tickets £8.00 Buy online now

The Rushley Singers Thursday 18th December Ticket cost £8.50 Buy online now

The Lancaster Singers Friday 19th December Tickets £9.00 Buy online now

All concerts start at 7.30pm

Another national award for Williamson Park!
Read all about the positive inspection from Visit England here

Park café scores high on taste test
The Pavilion Café has been awarded a Taste Lancashire Quality Assured accreditation. Read all about our success here.

Woodland Trail
If you go down to the woods today - remember to take our NEW Woodland Walk leaflet.
It is available from the gift shop or to download from our web page (see above - right hand side column)

The Pavilion Café in Williamson Park, Lancaster is excited to launch a new series of exhibitions by local artists. 
Lee Metcalfe( 20 June - 6 September) and
The Ashton Memorial Art Gallery is hosting the following exhibitions:
Andy Easthope Photography - 1 September - 29 September
Lee Metcalfe - 16 November - 28 December
Chas Jacobs - 6 and 7 December

The Friends Garden update 
The Friends of Williamson Park applied to Lancaster Green Spaces to plant 1500 new plants in the Friends Garden. Read more on this story 

Celebrate Orchard Day with the Friends
Come and learn about tending orchards and fruit trees on Thursday 20 November from 10am until 3pm. The young orchard in Fenham Carr needs some loving care and attention at this time of year. David Redmore, the Friend's expert on orchard care will be there to teach anyone who comes along how to look after fruit trees, including pruning, and there will be the opportunity to practise on the park orchard. The regular Greenfingers conservation group, and the Friends will be there from 10am, but you are welcome to drop in through the day.
Please wear warm waterproof clothing and stout boots or wellies, and bring work gloves and secateurs if you have them. Hot drinks will be provided, bring your own lunch, or treat yourself in the Café.

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Art in the Park
Learn to capture the beauty of the natural workd with artist and illustrator Janet Mary Robinson. This course aims to teach the skills of observational drawing and painting and to introduce a variety of artistic media and techniques. Classes are held in and around the park. Suitable for anyone with a love of nature, from beginners to experienced artists. Courses take place on Wednesdays 10.30am - 12.30pm and are £11 per session or £50 for 6 weeks. To book, please contact Janet on 07786 868783 or email her

Junior Zoo Keeper Course The Junior Zoo Keeper course offers a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how Williamson Park’s mini zoo and butterfly house run. Children will experience feeding the animals and how to safely handle them. They will learn some fantastic facts about the animals as well as having great fun with the team from the park. There are two three week courses starting in October on Saturdays and Sundays aimed at children aged eight to 14 years. The courses start at 10am and last for an hour and cost £21 for the full three week course. To book a place please telephone Williamson Park on 01524 33318.

Meet the keeper - free session at weekends and school holidays
Any visitor to the park can meet one of our zoo keepers at 11.30am every weekend and during school holidays. This popular session allows visitors to find out more about the animals cared for in the park and what a keeper gets up to during their day. There is no need to book for this free session, just come along to the gift shop before 11.30am.

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Lancaster Arts CityFor events taking place around the district download the Lancaster Arts City app