Central Park

Central Park Gates

Central Park first opened in 1877 and is city’s most prestigious park.

In 2002 it was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £630,000, enabling major improvement works to be done to preserve the integrity of the original Victorian design and landscape.

It has a number of facilities for visitors to enjoy which include the Willow Café, a paddling pool and sandpit, a bird aviary, tennis courts, croquet lawn and bowling greens.

There are also many events which take place in the park each year which range from Junior Park Run to Teddy Bear’s Picnics and Dementia Walks.

Green Flag

Central Park has won the Green Flag award.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Central Park’s latest Green Flag Management plan is available here.


Tennis Courts Charges Croquet Lawn Charges

Adults per court per hour £5.50

Per person per hour £3.40

Under 16's per court per hour £3.00

Hire of wood per hour £0.90

Racket Hire £1.80

Hire of croquet per set £2.20


Adult season ticket £44.10


Junior season ticket £27.80

Further information can be found at the Croquet Club website here.  

If you are interested in joining the bowls club please visit the Peterborough and District Bowls League website and you can find their information under bowls clubs.

Toilet Opening Hours

1 May – 30 Sept is 8am – 7pm.  Winter is 8am - 4pm

There is a defibrillator located on the toilet block.

On the 18th of March, we are starting renovations meaning the tennis courts will be closed but be ready just in time for the sunny summer.


Community group

Wildflowers at Central Park


Small group of enthusiastic Peterborough residents, who seeks betters way to work with partners and bring income and focus to future of the park.

To provide opportunities for members of the community of Peterborough to improve and promote the use of, awareness of and care of facilities within Central Park in order to make the park a welcoming, safe and enjoyable place for all.

If you would like to get involved in the park please contact Friends of Central Park via the social media links below.


Name of organizer:

Friends of Central Park (FoCP)

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