Thompson Park

Thompson Park is a formal Edwardian park in Burnley, Lancashire.

It was opened to the public in 1930. Located near the town centre, features include a boating lake, paddling pool, Italian gardens and a playground. Largely ornamental by design, the park contains a large number of flower beds and a rose garden.

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.

Many people visit the park solely to see the flower displays, and for a safe environment for children to play – there are no dogs allowed in the park.

The park has recently undergone a £1.2million Heritage Lottery Fund restoration, which was unveiled in August 2018.

The park’s pavillion was restored as well as the Italian gardens and the original bridges, gates and railings.


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 beautiful flower beds. Historic Doric columns that were blown down in a storm in 2011 have been restored as part of recent investment in the park.

Paddling Pool

The paddling pool is a great place for kids to cool off on a hot summer’s 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 – call the Ranger Service on 01282 831053.

There is also a large sand pit next to the paddling pool.

The miniature railway

The miniature railway has been developed by the Burnley and Pendle Miniature Railway Society and opened in 2005.

The railway operates on Sundays and Bank holidays throughout the year from 12 noon until 4pm (weather permitting).

Rides cost £1 and the money is used to support the ongoing development of the railway.

The railway can be booked for children’s parties and a wheelchair coach is now available.

The Boathouse

Boats and canoes can be rented from the Boathouse, which also has a accessible cafe selling refreshments.

The boating lake is open every weekend, bank holiday and school holiday between April and October.

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