Events and news
New annual pass on sale now
Latest news and events (at a glance - refer to calendar above for detailed information):
Further improvements in store for Williamson Park
Read more about the latest woodland improvement project taking placearound the Old Observatory site.
Lancaster City Council continue to invest heavily in the park including the Ashton Memorial. Following the completed £183,000 investment on the steps, 2015 will see further investment which will include repair and replacement of original doors on all balcony levels, internal and external decoration and repairs to the 2 internal domes, external masonry works to make the building water tight. All of this will be an investment of approximately £530,000 on The Ashton Memorial in 2015. There will also be an additional £140,000 invested on the phase 2 boundary walls project and lake bridge repairs.
Walkabout Theatre: Oliver Twist.
The Dukes' famous walkabout shows have transformed Williamson Park into Neverland, Middle Earth, Ancient Greece and now we head for Dickensian England - with a Northern twist! Oliver Twist, an orphan, is thrown out of the workhouse and dragged to the open air market to be sold to the highest bidder. But hidden nearby in the surrounding woods, Fagin and his gang of tricksters and scoundrels lie in wait. Soon Oliver becomes a boy on the run: escaping into the woods and seeking a life of adventure and the family he always longed for. Charles Dickens' wonderful characters - the Artful Dodger, Nancy, Bill Sykes and the hideous Mr. Bumble - lead you on a journey through this magical and mysterious open-air setting. But as Oliver delves deeper into the Fagin's glittering world, the dark side of gang life emerges. Follow Oliver as he twists and turns in search of a new life. Visit the Dukes for more information and to buy tickets
Ashton Evenings - 5 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Music by the Paul Palmer Trio and exhibition by Chas Jacobs.
Kendal based tenor saxophone player Paul Palmer brings his classy jazz trio to entertain us. Paul will be accompanied by guitar legend and ex-professional Jon Moore and also on double bass, Steve Simpson from Barrow. The trio play music that is appreciated by both jazz fans and those who just like tuneful music. Their song list includes: 'Summertime', 'Take 5' and 'My Funny Valentine'.
Chas Jacobs takes his inspiration from the people, architecture and landscape of Lancaster and the surrounding areas. Meet Chas and view his latest prints. Chas has donated a print which will be auctioned at this event.
Tickets £10 available from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre and also from the Williamson Park gift shop
Buy online at www.shopccc.co.uk
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!
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.
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 regularly plays host to exhibitions by local artists.
The Ashton Memorial Art Gallery is hosting the following exhibitions:
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
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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 April 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.