Flagship Witton Park set for £500,000 transformation!

Published 17th Jan 2023

If you go down to the woods this summer, you’re in for a big surprise!

We’re talking about Witton Park and its £550,000 transformation!

The borough’s flagship park already boasts 480 acres of countryside with pretty picnic spots, walks, nature trails, an arena, children’s bike track, cycle centre, café and more.

And, it’s home to some of the borough’s biggest events of the year too, including Restricted Rocks and Restricted Forest.

Long a favourite with residents and visitors, it’ll be further boosted this year with £350,000 of upgrades to its playgrounds and a brand new Go Ape Treetop Adventure facility.

That’ll be a brand new scheme for the firm – which already has 34 unique outdoor activity centres across the UK – with a focus on family fun, boasting access towers, tree platforms, timber and wire crossings and zip wires.

“What a year this is going to be for Witton Park!” Councillor Jim Smith, the Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Operations, said.

“We know how well-loved Witton Park is and the £550,000 transformation is going to bring better playgrounds and the Go Ape facility.

“I can’t wait to see people there this year enjoying everything the park has to offer.”

A new playground at Darwen’s Blacksnape Playing Fields was completed late last year and is proving hugely popular and there’ll soon be improvements to the equipment at Roe Lee, Queens Park and Guide too.

You can find a full guide to the borough’s parks and open spaces at: www.blackburn.gov.uk

There, you can also download a map of Witton Park, a history trail, discovery quiz and orienteering map.

For the latest on the upgrades, follow Blackburn with Darwen Council on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Witton Weavers Way

‘The Way’ is a 32 mile long distance trail which offers the chance to explore Lancashire’s history.

You’ll pass Weaver’s cottages, Tudor halls, Victorian estates, historic villages and even Roman roads while enjoying views of the West Pennine Moors, nearby woodlands, and Jubilee Tower. There’s also remote reservoirs and hidden valleys.

The full Witton Weavers Way circuit can be completed in two days. However, within the 32 miles, there’s also four shorter circular walks that can each be completed during one day.

Search ‘Witton Weavers Way’ now at: www.blackburn.gov.uk

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