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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):

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.

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.

Everyone can help with the 2015 Big Garden Birdwatch at Williamson Park on Sunday 25th January!
If you are an early riser, come along between 8 and 9 am for bird spotting with the experts. "This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Park's birds with members of the local bird watching groups", said Hilary Smith of Friends of Williamson Park who are organising the event. "We will be meeting at the bird feeding station in Fenham Carr at 8.00 am to get a close look at the birds using the feeders. This will be followed by an hour long walk around the Park."
If you prefer a more leisurely Sunday morning, come to the Café in the Park after 10 am and collect a survey form and information sheet from the display, and do your own survey.
Last year 18 different species of birds were seen in an hour including a grey wagtail, goldcrest and bullfinch. We want to see if we can beat that count!
If you would like information, or would like to join the Friends of Williamson Park, please email info@parkfriends.co.uk

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 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 February 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