Friends of Stanley Park

Friends of Stanley Park

The Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland are a group of enthusiastic volunteers who care about two of Blackpool’s favourite green spaces.

Friends of Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodlands

Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodlands is a Group which promotes the Park and Woodland and their historical, ecological and horticultural values.

The Group is run by a committee of volunteers who work in partnership with Blackpool Council to help to develop management projects on site and to invite members of the public to events.

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The Group also raises funds for the purchase of equipment and materials on the site for different projects. It arranges entertainment on the bandstand every Sunday during the summer as well as running the Visitors Centre which is open daily throughout the season. This is all done on a voluntary basis.

The Group holds a monthly meeting for members, minutes are taken, and a guest speaker is invited along.

Event Programme for Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodlands

During the summer, the Friends of Stanley Park work hard to bring a programme of FREE entertainment for you to enjoy at weekends and on special days.

There’s music in the bandstand with concerts to suit all tastes, vehicle shows in the Italian Gardens, exhibitions in the Visitor Centre, and outdoor activities to in the park.

They are all free to enjoy and you can find the full list of events at Blackpool Stanley Park here.

You can also keep an eye on the Events Calendar, where each one is listed individually, and if you sign up for the Visit Fylde Coast weekly e-newsletter, you’ll get reminders about these events and much more news delivered straight to your inbox.

The shows are put on by the Friends of Stanley Park who run events throughout the year to raise funds for them.

For as long as anyone can remember, Carole Thaw, a member of the Friends of Stanley Park, has arranged the shows and been there on the day to staff them. To do this she has a number of volunteer helpers, such as Joan, Curtis, Billy and Dean, some who do a few shows and others who do more. There is always a need for more volunteers.

Public safety and the safety of the musicians has to be considered as electricity and water aren’t a good mix and the bandstand is open on all sides so on rainy days the acts have to be cancelled

There is plenty to do on the day of the show. A show may need special items which may need to be hired or borrowed. Items need to be transported to the bandstand, such as the dance floor for the Northern Soul show .

The Friends of Stanley Park have a well-stocked stall and Carole does a great job finding small items that can be sold to make money towards the upkeep of the shows.

Every year from around October the next years shows are booked. We hope to see you at the bandstand throughout the summer to hear a variety of different concerts.

More about Stanley Park and the Friends Group

If you haven’t been to Stanley Park for a long time then you really should go and take a look.

Huge quantities of work have been carried out in recent years to renovate and breathe life back into Blackpool’s favourite open green space that thousands of local people and visitors enjoy every year. It’s immaculately kept with lots of excellent facilities for everyone to enjoy.

  • The Visitor Centre is open  11am-3pm at weekends until the end of May when it’s open Wed-Sun, except for Monthly Meetings on the 3rd Saturday.

The Friends of Stanley Park has a number of sub groups who get involved in gardening, wildlife conservation and events.

  • The Tuesday Craft Club is every Tuesday in the Visitor Centre at 11am
  • Stanley Park Dog Walkers Club meets every Wednesday in the Visitor Centre from 10am to 12.30pm
  • Gardening Group meet alternate Thursdays
  • Bandstand Free Live Music throughout the season
  • Bandstand Family Theatre

The aim is to unite both public and private enterprises to help promote and protect the sites. If you are a community spirited person who cares about their environment, and are willing to get involved and help with project planning, event organisation or fund raising. Please come and join us.

Monthly Meetings of Friends of Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodlands

The group meets in the Visitor Centre at the Park on Saturday once a month, from 2pm to 4pm. Everyone is welcome.

The monthly meetings for 2018 are below and can be found on on the Visit Fylde Coast Events Calendar.

  • Saturday 19 May
  • Saturday 16 June
  • Saturday 21 May – at 1.30pm for our birthday tea!
  • Saturday 18 August
  • Saturday 15 September
  • Saturday 20 October
  • Saturday 17 November
  • Saturday 15 December – at the earlier time of 1pm – for a party!

Get in Touch with the Friends of Stanley Park

Friends of Stanley Park – external website

Friends of Stanley Park – Facebook page

Follow the Friends of Stanley Park on Twitter @BlackpoolFOSP

Chairman: Mrs Elaine Smith, tel:01253 318948 and e-mail:

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