Parks are a perfect and cost effective way to spend some time with your family and friends or even some well earned alone time. You can catch some shade, read your favourite book or bring along a picnic with your loved ones. Discover something different and explore a park in North Lincolnshire.
Six parks in North Lincolnshire have been awarded the coveted Green Flag Award and are officially recognised among the country’s best parks.
They are Central Park, Kingsway Gardens, Sheffield Park, Woodlands Memorial Park in Scunthorpe, Baysgarth Park in Barton and Jubilee Park.
Central Park, Scunthorpe
Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN16 1AB
Central park is open to the public all year round.
The car park is open from 8am to dusk.
Central Park is Scunthorpe’s premier Park situated close to the centre of the industrial garden town of Scunthorpe. The main car park is accessed from the Kingsway on the A18. There is also a secondary car par park at the rear of the civic centre accessible from Ashby Road the A159.
Central Park Main Features
Formal Gardens along Ashby Road featuring attractive footpaths and cycle ways through the beautiful displays of formal bedding, herbaceous borders, specimen trees and shrub beds at their height throughout the spring and summer months.
Featuring an impressive fountain set in formal rose gardens combined with eco friendly wild flower planting found in the centre of large green open spaces interlaced with meandering footpaths and a large variety of specimen trees.
This is the main thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists, which crosses the park in an east – west direction between the Pods to North Lindsey College.
Central Hub and Play Facilities:
-Featuring the Cookie People Hatch on the boulevard at the centre of the excellent play facilities the park has to offer for children of all ages. The Central Hub is a vibrant area easily accessed directly from the car parks via adjoining footpaths and the Boulevard. Picnic tables are also available for use in this area.
-fully accessible splashpad suitable for accompanied children from 3 to 12 yrs old, which operates throughout the summer season. No dogs are allowed in this area.
-A safe, secure fully accessible play area in three zones for children of all ages with seating and grassed picnic areas. No dogs are allowed in this area. The centre zone features a wet play area, a sand pit and a junior play area with variety of equipment suitable for children from 2 to 6 yrs. Close by is the junior to teens zone with an impressive embankment slide and challenging climbing frame with monkey bars. The third zone is also suitable for juniors and teens featuring a zip wire and space nets on bark safety surfacing.
The park hosts an award winning Baby Rainbow Memorial garden designed to provide an uplifting memorial space.
A walk through the park will reveal multiple memorials to local charities and industry.
Events in Central Park:
-A 5Km parks run takes place every Saturday morning with around 400 people taking part.
-The park is available to hire for events large and small subject to approval. Organisers should contact Highways & Neighbourhood Services for details of the booking procedure and prices.
– Sports pitches are available to hire via Leisure Services.
Kingsway Gardens, Cliff Closes Road, DN15 7HU.
Kingsway Gardens is open all year round.The opening and closing times of the Children’s Playground are:
The gardens are accessible to the public at all times.
Summer: 8am to 8pm
Winter: 9am to 4:30pm
Kingsway Gardens is a beautiful Green Flag accredited Park situated on the Western entrance to the industrial Garden Town of Scunthorpe. These mature eco friendly gardens have many interesting and beautiful features interlaced with a network of meandering footpaths.
Kingsway Gardens is accessible to all visitors and is a very popular stopping off point for cyclists on the nearby Sustrans Ridgeway Route 169 cycle route running from north to south across Scunthorpe. Many people visiting nearby Central Park also stroll down to Kingsway Gardens to spend time appreciating the tranquil surroundings and glorious floral displays.
The gardens are safe and family friendly with a well equipped Children’s Playground for 2 to 14 year olds. There is an abundance of interesting wild life and park features to explore, including an elevated viewing point at the flagpole, from which to see the whole of the gardens and the surrounding area beyond. Other interesting features include the tree bank, the stunning areas planted with wild flowers, the ‘old fountain’ raised shrub bed and many other well stocked shrub beds with interesting varieties for all seasons.
Kingsway gardens has much to offer with something for everyone. The open space, the wild life and colour all year round make this is an ideal location for families to visit and enjoy.
As with many North Lincolnshire Council green spaces, the gardens are used to mark local groups and charities with Kingsway Gardens having horticultural tributes to both The Samaritans Charity and The Scunthorpe Lions.
Brigg Road, Barton Upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5GO.
The Museum car park is open all year round.
Barrier to two main car parks:
Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 9.15pm
Weekends: 8am to 9.15pm
Baysgarth Park is a beautiful country estate comprising of 12.5 hectares of park land within a short walk from the Market Place in centre of Barton upon Humber, close to the Humber Bridge.
Baysgarth Park is an ideal location for families to enjoy with the following attractions:
-Green open spaces for family picnics and playing games
-Baysgarth Museum a heritage museum, formerly Baysgarth House
-Baysgarth Leisure Centre c/w swimming pool and indoor sports hall.
-Bowling Green which is open to the public.
-Memorial garden to Chad Varah – founder of the Samaritans
-Children’s play area well equipped for children of all ages.
-Ancient trees, woodland walks and wild life.
-3 Car parks
Nearby is a single football goal and kick about area, which is popular with children all year round.
Baysgarth Park is a safe environment for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy and appreciate it’s natural beauty. The park is the venue for several large events attracting thousands of visitors to Barton throughout the year. These events include the Barton Beer Festival, cross country runs, Bonfire and firework display, Barton Picnic a weekend event for all the family and outdoor performances by theatre groups.
Ferry Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 8LY
Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 9.15pm
Weekends: 8am to 9.15pm
The park is located in a densely populated area of Scunthorpe Town, known fondly as the Industrial Garden Town of Scunthorpe. This diverse, mature, eco-friendly park comprises of approximately four hectares, with many interesting features interlaced by a network of meandering footpaths.
The boulevard and car-park has been re-surfaced to ensure safe mobility with disability friendly features incorporated to develop parks for all.
Today, the Park consists of: –
- Network of hard surfaced footways
- Children’s play area (toddler and junior)
- Skate Park
- Large grassed areas
- Cycle Proficiency Scheme
- Formal gardens/sensory garden
- Nature walk (sponsored by the Local Hospice)
- Wild-flower area
- RSPB friendly area
- Butterfly friendly zone
- Parks furniture
- A visit to see Scunthorpe’s wailing tree is worth the visit alone!
The park provides a historic, unique and safe environment for all age groups to enjoy its facilities.
The recent development of the park in terms of its horticultural richness, modernised play equipment, improved walkways and resurfacing has gained local publicity and has seen a significant increase in visitors and local praise for its nature offerings and green vistas.
The council works very closely with the local community, the local Sikh community and other partners to deliver a park fit for the area and one that grows into its community. Recent additions (Cycle Proficiency) is an extension of this commitment by building schools and education into park development.
The land was donated to the council by Sir Berkeley Sheffield who transformed the site during the difficult times of the General Strike. Sir Sheffield observed a standing ovation on the day as he stated, “Sheffield Park is the realisation of a dream and a vision to provide a centre of pleasure and recreation to the people of Scunthorpe”.
Sheffield Park today is a great example of the council’s commitment to regeneration focussing primarily on all inclusivity and the environment. The park has undergone a 24 month period of phased improvement with its history and community at the fore. These improvements not only saw the park attain Green Flag status, the International Standard for excellence in Parks, but it was also a National Runner Up in the Keep Britain Tidy awards for working towards a better Environment.
Waterside Road, Barton Upon Humber, DN18 5BHThe spectacular Humber Bridge spans the estuary to the north, Far Ings Nature Reserve sits to the west, Waters’ Edge Country Park is on its eastern edge and the area includes the beginning of the 147-mile Viking Way.
The Humber Bridge
When finally opened in 1981 the Humber Bridge became the longest bridge of its type in the world. This was a crown it held until 1998 and as of 2023 it ranks as the 12th largest single span bridge in the world. The bridge directly connects the counties of North Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire and sees over 33,000 crossing per day. The total length of the Grade 1 listed structure is a massive a centre span of 1410m and a total length of 2,220m.
The Viking Way
The Viking Way, so called because it crosses significant areas that were occupied by Norse invaders, serves as one of the UKs longest walking routes. Starting here at the Humber Bridge Viewing Area it is possible to undertake 147 miles of recognised rambling route that can take you as far as Rutland. Of course, the walk can be significantly scaled down to enjoy the Humber Estuary and local nature reserves or scaled up for those seeking considerable distance and challenge.
Waters’ Edge Nature Reserve
The Humber Bridge Viewing Area provides immediate access to the Waters’ Edge Nature Reserve comprising 110 acres of reserve with extensive visitor and educational facilities for a free family day out. The visitors centre offers hot drinks, food, displays and educational themes throughout the year and is open 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends.
Lincoln Gardens, Scunthorpe, DN16 2AS
The success of Jubilee Park is a testament to the power of community engagement. With an active and dedicated community group, (Friends of Lincoln Gardens) the park has been able to secure grants that were not available to North Lincolnshire Council (NLC), demonstrating how supporting communities can lead to wider benefits for local assets.
Jubilee Park exemplifies North Lincolnshire Council’s dedication to green spaces and community engagement.
The park offers 30,000 sqm of green play space, including dedicated zones for toddlers, juniors, and skateboarding.
A cycle circuit offers a safe and themed space for children to learn bike/road safety. Working with the local community, the park has seen significant environmental improvements and will continue to do so in 2023. The park has been awards Green Flag status.
Future enhancements include a football pitch, new pathways, and updates to the cycle proficiency scheme alongside continued commitments to environmental and carbon-based projects.
With over 6000 spring bulbs added, 20 new mature trees, a native British meadow, bird boxes and new seating it really is a park for all seasons.
Playgrounds in North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire Council manage 63 playgrounds across North Lincolnshire.
They aim to strike a balance between providing challenging and stimulating play and learning – as well as meeting current safety requirements.
Most playgrounds cater for two to 12 year olds, although several of our sites provide equipment suitable for teenagers.