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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.

Volunteers with Greenfingers needed
The Greenfingers volunteers are always on the look out for new members. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can join this conservation project come along to the next Volunteer Registration Day on Thursday 1 October at 10am in the Pavilion Café. Greenfingers are a group of local residents who have made a huge impact on improving our woodlands over the last few years, working alongside park staff and students of the University of Cumbria. The group meets every Thursday at 10am until 12pm. For more information contact Mark Christie on 01524 384578 or email mark.christie@cumbria.ac.uk

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.

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 world 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. To find out more and 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 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