Green Flag parks

Pennington Hall Park

A pretty community park with play areas, tennis courts, bowling greens and a band stand. Events take place in the park throughout the year, including a popular Last Night of the Proms event in September.

The park was presented to Leigh Corporation by local brewers Messer’s George Shaw and Company Limited in 1920 at a floral opening on Saturday 28th August 1920. The hall was used as a museum and art gallery and the grounds were adapted from the gardens of the hall and the work was carried out under an unemployment relief scheme.

The earliest records of a hall on the site are from 1200s when it was owned by the Pennington family; the last hall was demolished in 1963 when it was found to have dry rot.

The Friends of Pennington Hall Park are an important partner in the future of the park. Their role is to make sure that the park provides for the needs of the local community.

If you would like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you – everyone is welcome. The Friends meet at the café in the park and they are currently looking for volunteers to help run the café, look after the wildlife garden as well as develop a new community garden/allotment. The Friends are also looking for regular volunteers to help with the upkeep of the park – gardening, maintenance, etc.

Please email the Friends of Pennington Hall Park - Trisha, Gillian or Eric for further details.

Where we are

St Helens Road, Leigh, WN7 3JD.

Alexandra Park

The park is split in two by Victoria Street (A571). One side of the road consists of two bowling greens and a pavilion. The bulk of the park is on the opposite side of the road and consists of a playing field including an informal sports pitches, a hard standing events area, a play area for 0-12 year olds, two tennis courts and an extreme sports facility.

Alexandra Park is well used as a local community informal recreation area for dog walking or just having a rest on one of the park benches. The park hosts several events throughout the year.

The Friends of Alexandra Park are an important partner in the future of the park. Their role is to make sure that the park provides for the needs of the local community. If you would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you – everyone is welcome. The Friends group meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Bowling Pavilion – dates will be posted in the park noticeboards.

The Friends are looking for volunteers to help establish wildflower meadows, developing and looking after a community garden, event planning and funding applications to restore the monument. The Friends also need help to carry out regular gardening and tidy up sessions.

Please email the Friends of Alexandra Park - John or Lynsey for further details.

Where we are

Warrington Road, Newton, Wigan.

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park actually consists of two pockets of land situated either side of Wigan Road (A49), covering 8.5 acres in total.

Originally swampy, they were known as the ‘wambs’ and were laid out and landscaped with the intention of them being named Victoria Park. However, when Lord Gerard officially opened the park in 1897 it coincided with Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the name was changed to Jubilee Park.

Facilities include a pavilion and toilets, tennis and basket ball courts, grass pitches play areas, woodland area and a formal flower park.

The Friends of Jubilee Park are an important partner in the future of the park. Their role is to make sure that the park provides for the needs of the local community. If you would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you – everyone is welcome.

Where we are

Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, WN4 9BH.

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