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Thompson Park


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Main entrance off Ormerod Road, Burnley 

A formal Edwardian urban park. Retains most original features: boating lake, Italian gardens, Ranger centre, and playground.

Thompson Park is more ornamental than Burnley's other parks with large numbers of flower beds and the large rose garden. This has created quite a different pattern of use compared to the other parks in the borough with more people coming purely to see the flower displays, and for the safe environment for children to play (please note dogs are banned from the park).

There are two main recreational facilities, the boating lake and paddling pool, which are the only ones in the borough. These attract large numbers of people especially during warm weather.

If you wish to see a site map of the park please click here


Thompson Park Restoration Project

Following consultation with park users, the friends of Thompson Park and interested stakeholders, the Council has now submitted a £1.2 million application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of Thompson Park.

We will hear in late December if our application has been successful.

If funding is approved, we will use the grant to restore many of the parks historic features including the paddling pool, boating lake and boat house, play area, Italian Garden,  Rose Garden and bridges.

Parking for disabled visitors will be improved with provision of a 60 space car park and there will be improvements to toilet facilities and a new café in the boat house.

The most significant element of the project will be to restore the pavilion for use as a visitor centre, ranger base and community room.

Alongside the restoration of the park there will be an busy programme of activities and events to involve local people in celebrating the heritage of this wonderful park.


  • Children's play area/Paddling Pool
  • Boating lake
  • Italian garden
  • Miniature railway
  • Beech garden
  • Refreshment kiosk
  • Putting green
  • Ranger base
  • Toilets

Main Features

The main feature of the Park is the boating lake that is approximately 3 acres in extent.

The River Brun bisects the Park, which, in addition to providing the water for the lake, is also an additional point of interest as it provides habitat for various water birds as well as attracting the odd fisherman.

Two ornamental bridges cross the river, both well-preserved original features.

There are approximately five kilometres of paths in the Park.


The Rose Garden consists of 40 rose beds and is situated next to the lake.

The Italian Garden is a sunken garden consisting of 15 flower beds

Boating Lake

Prices from 01-Apr-09

  • Boats £1.00 per person.

  • Model Boat Permit (free of charge, call  01282 477232 to register).

The boating lake is open every weekend, bank holiday and school holiday from April to October.
Opening hours are from 12pm till 5pm

Paddling Pool

The paddling pool is a great place for kids to cool off on a hot summers day. The pool is filled at weekends and school holidays between April and September on days when the weather is warm and sunny. If you want to check if the pool is full please call the Ranger Service on 01282 831053. There is also a large sand pit adjacent the paddling pool.

Burnley and Pendle Miniature Railway Society

The miniature railway has been developed by the Burnley and Pendle Miniature Railway Society over recent years and was completed in 2005.

The railway operates on Sundays and Bank holidays throughout the year from noon until 4pm (weather permitting). Rides cost £1 and the income is used to support the ongoing development of the railway.

The railway can be booked for children's parties.

We now have wheelchair coach available.


For details of this years events in Thompson Park and other parks in Burnley please click here (same events document)
Thompson Park is licensed for outdoor entertainment.

Friends of Thompson and Queen's Park

The friends group has been active since 1998 and meets every month in the ranger base in Thompson Park. Details of meetings can be found on the notice board in the park and are open to all.

The Friends have supported many improvements in the park over recent years including developing the miniature railway, providing a launching platform for model boats, funding sculptures, planting an orchard and helping to organise many events in the park such as Christmas and Easter activities, brass band concerts and the Ranger Open Day.

Contact Michelle Wolfenden on 07759 739360 for more information on the friends group.

Contact Information;

Nick Williams, Parks Officer


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