‘Rated #6 in the UK’s Top Ten Parks by Trip Advisor Travellers Choice 2013 & 2014’
In 1911, land was purchased by the borough with the intention of building a park around a lake. Statues were brought in from Killerby Hall, which is now known as Flamingo Land and plants were sourced and brought from the French Riviera.
It first opened it’s gates to the general public in June 1912 and has been popular ever since. Many fetes and galas were initially held at the park, so terraced seating was added to accommodate more visitors.
One question I hear from most people new to Peasholm Park and one, admittedly that I’ve asked, is ‘What’s with the Japanese theme?‘ So, when I decided to write about the park, I was hopeful that my research would answer that question. However, I am sad to report that I’m actually none the wiser on the actual reason why. Only that it was the brainchild of a very forward-thinking engineer.
There’s quite a bit more to the park than the lake and Japanese features. Upon walking halfway around the park you’re met by a valley and sea of greenery. Trees line the part of the park that is known as Peasholm Glen. The Glen has a real peaceful feel to it. Shaded by the trees it’s cooling. It features many shallow ponds and waterfalls. I have many a childhood memory of visiting with my grandfather in particular and sailing his homemade remote-controlled ship in the pools.
As you walk around you’ll be sure to be greeted by many a grey squirrel and don’t be fooled, they’re tamer than you’d expect.
The park has much to offer its visitors. There’s a small round of golf, boat rides around the lake in either a pedal-powered dragon or a more daring rowboat. If you wish to sit and enjoy the setting, the park has two cafes that offer light snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams.
Summer season sees the return of the famous Navel Warfare events at the park, held every Saturday through July to the end of August. Brass and silver bands also take over the smaller island in the lake to play concerts to visitors throughout the season. I recommend visiting for both events, there’s nothing else like them around.