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An artist impression of the new play area opening this spring

An artist impression of the new play area opening this spring

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

Park Run - Every Saturday from 9am
Take on the 5km challenge - it's you against the clock.
Setting off from the Ashton Memorial. It's free to take part! You must register before your first run. Visit the web site to register and find out more.
The emphasis is running for enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Lancaster parkrun needs you! It is entirely organised by volunteers - email: lancasterhelpers@parkrun.com  to help.
"Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Pavilion Café- please come and join us!"

Further improvements in store for Williamson Park:

  • The two play areas are to get a well deserved makeover over the winter months.Lancaster City Council is investing £30,000 which, along with match-funding secured by the Friends of Williamson Park, will see the play areas transformed from shabby to chic.
    There will be a play area dedicated to children under eight years old by the Ashton Memorial and a brand new separate play area at the bottom of the hill for older children aged eight years and above.
    Significant grounds work will be taking place to improve the drainage and improve paths and landscaping to complement the new play equipment. Where possible some of the old equipment will be re-used in other play areas in the district.
    Work started in November and the new play areas are scheduled to re-open in the spring.
    Coun David Smith, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, said: “This has been the busiest year yet for Williamson Park with a record number of visits.
    “Visitors love the park, the grounds and all the improvements that we’ve made over the last few years, but one area that’s regularly commented on is the ‘formal’ play facilities. This latest investment shows we’ve listened to those comments and are making improvements to keep the park’s reputation as one of the best in the north west.
    “It will mean some disruption for a short time so I’d ask people to bear with us while these works take place – I’m confident that families will welcome the end result.”

Read more about the latest woodland improvement project taking place around the Old Observatory site.

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!

Park café scores high on taste test
The Pavilion Café has been awarded a Taste Lancashire Quality Assured accreditation.

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 Ashton Memorial and the Pavilion Café regularly play host to exhibitions by local artists. 

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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 every month 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 11am 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 at 11am.

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