Market Harborough

East Midlands in Bloom
Superb flower displays like this throughout the park have played a big part in Harborough's successful entries in the East Midlands in Bloom competition over recent years. After gaining third prize in 1999, then second place a year or two later, the town finally won Gold in 2005.
Skate Park
After much consultation and requests from many youngsters who wanted facilities nearer the town centre than Little Bowden, a Skate Park has been built near the new Farndon Road foot bridge.

Nature Trail
Nature lovers can follow the Nature Trail around the park and by the river. At the Farndon Road entrance, handy leaflets are available from the dispenser, which chart numbered areas along the route where each of the illustrated species can be found. Blue, numbered wooden markers are sunk into ground at these points to help you find them.

Key to Map
 1.Children's Play Area
 2. Open Space/ Goal Posts
 3. Dog Walk
 4. Tennis Courts
 5. Rose Gardens
 6. Bowling Greens
 7. Putting Green
 8. Cafe & Ticket Office
 9. Nursery
10. Toilets
11. Car Park
12. River Welland
13. Skate Park
14. Pond
15. Bowls Pavilion
16. Riverside Walk
Welland Park

Welland Park, which has existed since the 1930's, is situated just a few minutes walk along the riverside from the town centre via the Commons car park. There is also a small car park at the Welland Park Road entrance and a third entrance on Farndon Road. It is always open and the main paths are lit at night.

Whether you just want to walk around admiring the scenery and flower beds, exercise the dog, play with the children or have a game of tennis, there's something for all here. At the Farndon Road end, there's a large recreational area, and it's here where the Millennium Mile begins. Nearby there are swings etc. for the children, which has recently been enclosed by iron fencing, and an area has been set aside along the West/South border for exercising the dog.

Towards the south side are 9 tennis courts - 4 grass (open April - October) and 5 all weather (open all year). The courts are free to use when the ticket office is closed but payment is required when open. To the north there are two bowling greens which are open from April - October. The clubs that use the bowling greens and pavilion welcome new members. Tickets and information are available at the park café, which is currently managed by staff and volunteers from CARE village, Shangton and is open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm from March - October. For those who prefer something a little more light-hearted, there's a miniature crazy golf putting green near the park centre.

Floral Displays
Some of the more formal flower beds lie close to the Welland Park Road entrance, as does the nursery where plants can be purchased at the weekend. A sunken garden surrounded by pergolas is situated near the centre of the park. Here stands the Bell Tower rescued from the demolished Symingtons factory. On it is attached a commemorative plaque to the Queens Silver Jubilee 1952 - 1977.

Special Events
Welland Park is occasionally the venue for the Harborough Town Band. In 1997, a successful event called 'Music in the Park' was also staged here, which was repeated and enlarged upon in a special three day event in August 1998.

Millennium Mile
At the Farndon Road entrance to the park, hornbeam trees line the start of the Millennium Mile, which was officially opened on January 8th 2000. Over recent years, Route 6 of the National Cycle Network has been incorporated into parts of the Millennium Mile, and it is now possible to cycle the length of the park.

New Welland Park video clip

YouTube version

Welland Park map
This page updated 09/04/2009. All photographs/artwork on this website © Frank Bingley unless otherwise stated. Please see copyright information.