A BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN PARK IN THE HEART OF DARWEN


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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE AND HISTORY


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.

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COMMUNITY


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).

All welcome, visit:

www.facebook.com/BoldVentureParkDarwen
fobvpdarwen@gmail.com

CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

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.

SCULPTURE TRAIL

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

SCOUTING

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.

 

YOUR VISIT

  • Entry to the park is FREE
  • The main entrance is on Inverness Road, additionally there are two from Belgrave Road and three from Manor Road. The entrance to the top park is from Manor Road.
  • Enjoy a picnic, but no barbecues
  • Bins love litter. You know what to do
  • Flowers and fungi are beautiful. Please don’t pick them
  • Keep your dog on a lead and use the dog waste bins
  • Don’t feed bread to water fowl, it attracts rats and isn’t the best diet for wild birds
  • No cycling
  • No smoking in the play area
  • Parking around the park is free, leave your vehicle at own risk
  • Please supervise your children and respect the park
  • If you witness antisocial behaviour or acts of vandalism please report it to the police by calling 101