Thornes Park

Important Information

From 1 April the tennis, public bowls, putting and golf facilities will no longer be available at this park. We apologise for any inconvenience.

More information

Opening dates and times:

Park open every day

Leisure Centre and Athletics track: Monday to Friday 7:15am - 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am - 5pm

Ticket office: open every day from the Easter School Holidays until September. In October, it is open at weekends and during school holidays. It then closes from November until the Easter break.

Pay and Play ticket office opening times

Thornes Park is Wakefield's main open space, less than a mile from the city centre.

The park offers 60 hectares of open space to explore and enjoy including a 2 mile circular path that follows the boundary of the park - and if this is not challenging enough there are several exercise stations on the route. There is a mound in the centre of the park which was once the site of a motte and bailey castle and now provides spectacular views of Wakefield.



Three car parks
Equipped play area
Skateboard park
Walled garden and conservatory
Duck lake and small aviary
Miniature steam railway most weekends in summer
Stork Lodge Café and the Holmfield Hotel
Clarence Park Bandstand which hosts regular music events
Clarence Park Arena
Leisure Centre and athletics track by the Horbury Road entrance
Toilets available during Centre opening hours
Pay and Play facilities:
4 tennis courts
18 hole pitch and putt
Putting green
2 bowls greens

Contact us

Street Scene Services

Monckton Road Depot
35/37 Monckton Road
Monckton Rd Ind Estate

0345 8 506 506