Friends of Stanley Park

Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland, Blackpool

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Stanley Park Blackpool, The fountain in the Italian Gardens


Welcome, please join us

We are a friendly group who work with the co-operation of Blackpool Council to make the park as attractive and interesting as possible.

Meet new friends and become involved in park life.

If you are interested in joining us or becoming a volunteer please use the link below

Click Here to go to the Join Us Page

Stanley Park Blackpool is an award winning Grade II* listed park a mile inland from the promenade. Voted best park in the UK twice, 2017 and 2019 in the Fields in Trust vote, it contains two large lakes, superb floral displays, top class sports facilities and many leisure facilities for all the family. We're proud to be able to work with Blackpool Council on maintaining this fine asset for our town.


Monthly Meetings at 2pm in the Visitor Centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month.


The next meeting is on Saturday 19th February 2022 in the Visitor Centre at 2pm to 4pm.

While moving around the Visitor Centre please wear a mask.


Call for Entries for an amateur photographer 'Springtime in the Park' Exhibition

Amateur photographers are invited to enter a picture of Stanley Park at springtime for an exhibition starting on March 1.

The exhibition, hosted by the Friends of Stanley Park, is open to anyone who has a shot in their archive that they would like to submit.

The show is purely for entertainment, no competitive element, so photographs from people of all abilities and all ages are welcome.

Pictures must be handed in by February 22 and must be printed and mounted on a neutrally coloured card, along with the picture's title, the photographer's name, address, age (if under 18) and contact details.

They will be mounted with Velcro to the display boards in the Visitor Centre, Stanley Park, for the show which will open on March 1, and must be mounted, not framed.

'If this exhibition is successful we will try to organise more, featuring each season in the park. Over the year we get hundreds of visitors calling in to the Visitor Centre and they really enjoy the exhibitions we have there,' said publicity officer Gill Howard.

"Each entrant may submit two photographs up to a 10ins x 8ins maximum. We will try to use as many as we can and they can submit landscapes, flowers, wildlife or people images just as long as they were taken in spring and in the park or Salisbury Woodland.

"There are some very talented photographers who regular take pictures in our beautiful park and this is a chance for them to showcase their work in an informal way. We hope to get lots of lovely entries."

Entries can be dropped off at the Visitor Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and and Sundays during February from 10.30am to noon, or by prior arrangement with Gill Howard or who can be contacted via messaging on the Friends of Stanley Park Facebook page.



Events for 2022 taster

Bandstand Concerts Sundays 1st May to 18th September 2022

Easter Fair 16th and 17th April 2022

Platinum Jubilee on the Bandstand 4th June 2022

Macmillan Event 24th and 25th September 2022

Halloween 29th and 30th October 2022.

Christmas Fair 3rd and 4th December 2022

Choir Concert 18th December 2022



Dog Walkers Christmas Party

On Wednesday 22th December 2021 the Friends of Stanley Park Dog Walkers Club had their Christmas Party in the Visitor Centre.

See more click on our news page

Friends of Stanley Park Blackpool Dog Walkers Christmas Party 22nd December 2021   Photos by Elizabeth Gomm

Friends of Stanley Park Blackpool Dog Walkers Christmas Party 22nd December 2021   Photos by Elizabeth Gomm


Carol Singing raises £650

£650 was raised at the Carols in the Park event on Sunday 19th December for Blue Skies Hospital Fund at Blackpool Victoria. A brilliant achievement for just a couple of hours and many thanks to everyone for supporting the Blue Skies fund and making a great atmosphere.  Thanks to the wonderful junction 4 productions choir and for the Friends of Stanley Park volunteers. 

Christmas Carols on Stanley Park Blackpool 16th December 2021,  photos by Elizabeth Gomm

Christmas Carols on Stanley Park Blackpool 16th December 2021,  photos by Elizabeth Gomm

Avian Flu Warning from Blackpool Council

Please note the Avian Flu Warning below from Blackpool Council:

Important information


Unfortunately three swans have sadly died after showing symptoms of what we suspect to be avian flu.

As a precautionary measure we have cordoned off access to the lake and notified DEFRA.

We will continue to monitor the other birds on the lake and ensure they are fed.

Stanley Park is still open for everyone to enjoy but please respect the cordon and do not go near the edge of the lake.

It is important that people do not pick up any sick or dead birds to avoid spreading the virus, which can affect humans in rare cases.

There are currently specific rules in the place across the UK for any bird owners ⤑



Message about the Craft Club

The craft club meets in Stanley Park Visitor Centre on Tuesdays between 10am and 3pm.

Come along and enjoy friendly company and chat. We would love to see some new ideas and materials.

If you have a craft you can share with others, that would be ideal, but not necessary.

The Craft Club, Stanley Park Blackpool,  Tuesday's 10am to 3pm


Halloweener's on Stanley Park Blackpool

Hallowed days at the Dog Club.

Halloweeners on Stanley Park Blackpool


We had our cake and ate it at the Macmillan Coffee Weekend for Cancer Care. Thankyou to all who came and all who helped on the two days.

Friends of Stanley Park Macmillan Coffee Weekend



The Visitor Centre will be open from Tuesday 7th September.

Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Information about the park. Staffed by volunteers from the Friends of Stanley Park.

Stanley Park Blackpool Italian Gardens


Craft Club: Every Tuesday 10am to 3pm in the Visitor Centre.

Dog Walkers Club: Every Wednesday 10am to noon in the Visitor Centre hosted by Nigel.

Gardeners Club: Every Monday and Thursday 10am to 12. Meet in the Rose Garden or Memorial Garden hosted by Graham.

Volunteers always wanted.

In the Visitor Centre:

Saturday 20th November 2021 2pm to 4pm. Monthly Meeting with guest speakers from Blackpool's Museum Project, Showtown, who will be teaching us to dance 'The Blackpool Walk'.



Stanley Park Bandstand Shows 2021 Cancelled

Following discussions with Blackpool Council it has been decided there will be no bandstand shows in 2021 due to the risks and uncertainties of the Covid pandemic.

Twice winners of the Fields in Trust UK's Best Park Award, 2017 and 2019. Fields in Trust Best Park in the UK - Stanley Park Blackpool

Fields in Trust Best Park in the UK - Stanley Park Blackpool

Plus 'Best Have a Field Day 2017' from Fields in Trust for the 90th Summer Celebration.

Best Have a Field Day 2017


Postal Address:

Friends of Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodland,
c/o Parks & Green Environment Service,
Stanley Park Offices,
West Park Drive,

Updated: 24th January, 2022