Thornes Park

Wakefield Countryside Events

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Side of a lake with wooded area on the left and geese on the right

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

Thornes Park  has 60 hectares of open space with a 2-mile circular path around it. The park also has exercise stations along the route and a mound in the middle which was once a castle site and offers great views of Wakefield.

  • Location:

    Horbury Road
    WF2 8TY

    Park open every day.

Facilities and services

  • 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
  • Clarence Park Arena
  • Leisure Centre and athletics track by the Horbury Road entrance
  • Toilets available during Centre opening hours

Play area improvements

In December 2022 a new play area in Thornes Park opened.

It has equipment for children of different abilities, such as an inclusive swing seat and basket swing, a wheelchair-accessible roundabout and low-level sensory panels.

It also has a train-themed toddler area, a ‘giant’s unit’ nearly 9m tall, a motte and bailey castle-styled area with embankment tube slide and a double zip line.

Leisure Centre and Athletics track - opening times

Day Time
Monday 12pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday 7:15am - 8:30pm
Wednesday 7:15am - 8:30pm
Thursday 7:15am - 8:30pm
Friday 7:15am - 8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Sunday Closed

Contact Us

Street Scene Services Monckton Road Depot 35/37 Monckton Road Monckton Rd Ind Estate Wakefield WF2 7AL

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