The main phase of Victoria Park’s exciting heritage project is now complete and has seen the key features of the park transformed.
Erewash Borough Council secured £740,800 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project. Major restoration work was undertaken, and some of the changes made include:
• The restoration of the bowling green pavilion, creating a new refreshment kiosk, toilet facilities and a community room for use by the bowls club and local groups.
• New gates at the park’s two entrances on the corner of Drummond Road and Bristol Road and the corner of Manners Road and Bristol Road.
• Specialist restoration of the bandstand, completed off site by Lost Art in Wigan, Lancashire.
• A new timber pergola installed; refurbishment of the marble pillars and newly designed planting beds, with a new scheme designed by one of Erewash Borough Councils apprentices (part of this project), based on designs shown in old photos of the park.
• Path improvements using resin bonded gravel to highlight the areas around the heritage features including the bandstand and entrance gates.
There is an active Friends Group for the park and our Community Ranger Debbie delivers a wide range of community events and activities.
The next meeting of the Friends of Victoria Park takes place on Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 6.30pm. This meeting will be held at the Bowls Pavillion. New members always welcome.
You can read the latest issue of the Friends of Victoria Park newsletter.
Why not take a stroll around the park and see the collection of trees using the Victoria Park Tree Trail leaflet.
Walking for Health - FREE
Our local health walks provide low intensity walks which are suitable for people of all abilities. The walks are mostly on flat ground with no stiles to climb; the walks last for approximately 1 - 1.5 hours and are varied week by week. The walks are also suitable for people with a range of medical conditions which would benefit from increased physical activity levels. Your walk leader will make sure you walk at a pace that suits you. The walking groups are a great way to meet new friends and to discover the natural beauty of the areas we live in. And best of all it's free! Remember to wear sturdy flat shoes and bring a waterproof coat.
Walking for Health - Walks in Erewash
- 10am Long Eaton, Asda, meet by cash machines, 30-60 minutes
- 10.15am Monday Strollers, meet at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, 30-60 minutes
- 10.15am West Park Walkers, meet at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, 45-75 minutes
- 1.30pm West Hallam Health Walk - Moving on walk, meet outside the Dales Surgery, 90+ minutes
- 11am Arena Centre, Ilkeston - meet at the Arena Christian Centre, 30-60 minutes
- 10.15am Sandiacre Strollers - meet outside Sandiacre Library, 30 - 60 minutes
Please contact Amie Brown on 0115 907 22 44 ext 3962.
Other Walks in Erewash
Find out about The Erewash Valley Trail, Nutbrook trail, family walks, challenge walks.
You can download one of our circular walks, challenge walks and trails leaflets below.
Get out there and explore beautiful Erewash!
More trails to follow
- The Nutbrook Trail
- No.14. The Cat and Fiddle Trail
- No. 8. The Millers Walk
- No. 5. The Squire's Walk
- No. 18. The Coalfield's Walk
- No. 13. The Navvy's Walk
- No.17. The Dragonfly Trail
- No. 10. Trent Meadow's Walk
- No. 3. The Miner's Walk
- No. 4. The Coffin Walk
- No. 15 The Farmer's Walk
- No. 1. The Hermit's Walk
- No. 7. The Roman's Walk
- No. 11. The Ranger's Walk
- No. 9. The Pack Horse Trail
- No. 2. Walk in the Clouds
- No. 20. The Bestwick Memorial Trail
- No. 21. The Lewis Wilson Memorial Trail
- No. 12. The Ryknild Trail
- No. 16. The Cranfleet Trail
- Family walks 1: Little Eaton Short Walks
- Family walks 4: West Hallam Short Walks
- Family walks 2: Ockbrook Short Walks
- Family walks 5: Stanley Short Walks
- Family walks 3: Risley Short Walks
- The Erewash Marathon Route
- Long Eaton Townscape Heritage Initiative - A self-guided walk around the town centre and lace factory conservation areas
West Park is the largest park in the Borough of Erewash and has previously achieved Green Flag status.
As well as a large range of excellent outdoor sports and recreational facilities, the park has significant local historic importance and has a number of historic features. The park also hosts a range of events, which attract thousands of people.
Recently, the park has undergone a huge programme of improvements to make it an even more welcoming place to visit and we are committed to continuously improving the facilities.
Football, Cricket, Rugby and Baseball Pitches
- Multi Use Games Area
Splashpad - available from 1 May to 30 September from 10am to 7pm
Sun Shade and Sun Meter
Sustrans Cycle trail.
Vehicle access permit to the park
In order to enjoy the park some residents and visitors may need to use their vehicles to access some areas of the park. To do this you need an access permit and must agree to the terms and conditions of the permit:
- 5mph restriction
- Hazard warning lights to be used
- Beacons to be used, where fitted
- Pedestrians have Right of Way
- Drive carefully and be courteous at all times, giving way to other park users.
To apply print off, complete and return the application form. A permit will last until the 30 April and you will be invited to reapply before the permit becomes invalid.
West Park Cafe
The cafe, kown as West Perk Cafe serves a large range of beverages, as well as freshly prepared hot and cold snacks.
For further information on West Perk Cafe please see its Facebook page or contact the Cafe directly on 07591 677 131.
Over the last few years, a Tree Trail has been incorporated into the park for the pleasure of visitors. This mile-long trail will take approximately one hour to complete.
Information on other websites
Please note that barbecues are not allowed on West Park.