Bold Venture Park is the perfect place to spend time outdoors in picturesque surroundings. A visit is great fun for the whole family.
The historic park opened in 1889 and occupies the valley of the Bold Venture Brook which leads up from the local area known as Belgrave and serves as a gateway from the town of Darwen to Jubilee Tower and the expanse of the moors beyond.
The park benefits from the dedicated support of Friends Of Bold Venture Park (FOBVP), a volunteer community group which organises events, fundraising opportunities and helps to maintain aspects of the park.
FOBVP meet at 7:30 on the 1st Monday of every month at the Scout Hut (Manor Road).
Popular with families the play area provides hours of free, healthy fun for young children. The play equipment was refurbished in 2018 with a £16,000 project, funded by Darwen Town Council.
Discover Darwen’s incredible history when cotton was king and weaving was big business on this self-guided heritage trail. Explore Darwen from a different perspective, revealing the town’s stories through a series of 10 sculptures. The highlight of the trail is a giant Victorian style armchair and side-table fabricated from thick sheet steel labelled 'Huntington's Parlour', inspired by historic wallpaper designer James Huntington. The trail opened in 2012.Trail Guide
Bold Venture Park Scout Group is based at the Ashton Kiosk. Built in the top park in 1902 as a tearooms, ‘The Scout Hut’ now serves as the group’s headquarters and operates as home to all sections of scouting, from Beaver Scouts to Scouts.