Originally opened in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, Queens Park has recently been restored, with a café, a boating lake and miniature railway, as well as playing facilities for younger visitors. There is also a bandstand where you can sit and listen to a local brass band playing on some Sunday afternoons during the summer.
There's also a cricket ground. The first County Cricket match held here was between Derbyshire and Surrey, in 1898 - the same year the Cricket Pavilion was opened. In 1904, the famous cricketer WG Grace played at Queen's Park in a match between Derbyshire and London County, and Don Bradman, the man many consider to have been the best batsman of all time, played here when the Australians toured England in the 1930s. Queen's Park still hosts County Cricket matches today. John Hampshire, a former test batsman, called Queen's Park 'the loveliest ground in the country'
There is a ‘pay and display’ car park with disabled parking spaces for ‘blue badge’ holders at the park entrance on Boythorpe Road.
There is a wide, level path around the entire park leading to the café which can be accessed via a gentle slope and which has an outside terrace with views of the park and adjacent playground. There are accessible toilets available within the café.
The younger children’s playground next to the cafe has sand-filled play areas and soft surfaces. There is a wooden bridge which spans the centre of the play area which is suitable for buggies and small wheelchairs. There is also a buggy/wheelchair –accessible roundabout in the far corner of the play area.
A play area for older children can be found at the top end of the park site.
Entry to the park is free and it is open daily from dawn ‘til dusk
- Contact Details
- Post Code
- S40 2BF
- Contact Number
- 01246 345345