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Join the 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.

Why don’t you apply for membership and join them?

Join the Friends of Stanley Park

If you love Stanley Park, why don’t you show your support and become a Friend? Your annual contribution will go towards events and projects at the park. It will also get you some exclusive perks and privileges too!

For example, in 2020, ever member who has paid £10 will be getting a Friends of Stanley Park face mask. You’ll be members of a very exclusive club and wearing it will let people know that you are a Friend.  No one other than members will have one – they will not be sold to anyone else.

What has the park meant to you during the pandemic?

Since lock down started, our wonderful park has become a lifeline to so many people seeking somewhere to enjoy the open air.

We’re now embarking on a mission, as the Friends, to collate an online exhibition of pictures and words about ‘Park Life in a Pandemic’. 

The nub of this excellent idea was mooted by Nigel and taken up by Elizabeth Gomm, Friends’ Publicity Officer.   

The project will be launched with its own Facebook page on Monday 16 August 2020.  Post your picture and/or words there.

Or you can email them to: publicity@friendsofstanleypark.org.uk      

This will be a record of a a dark and different time in our park’s history. When it’s safe to do so we hope to be able to exhibit entries in the Visitor Centre. Please join in – we know that the park has meant so much to so many of you during this strange time.

About the 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.

A committee of volunteers run the group. They work in partnership with Blackpool Council to help to develop management projects on site and to invite members of the public to events.

Lord Derby and Elaine Smith, leading the parade at Stanley Park's 90th birthday celebrations
Lord Derby and Elaine Smith, leading the parade at Stanley Park’s 90th birthday celebrations

The Group also raises funds for the purchase of equipment and materials for different projects. I’s the Friends who put on the amazing entertainment on the bandstand every Sunday during the summer. They also run the Visitors Centre which is open daily throughout the season. This is all done on a voluntary basis.

Each month the Friends of Stanley Park hold a monthly members meeting, with a guest speaker.

Monthly Meetings of Friends of Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodlands

Unfortunately, the monthly Friends meetings are yet another casualty of Covid-19.

The group normally meets in the Visitor Centre at the Park. On the third Saturday of each month, from 2pm to 4pm and everyone is welcome. Park business is discussed along with a variety of speakers.

Find the monthly meetings on the Visit Fylde Coast Events Calendar.

Event Programme for Stanley Park & Salisbury Woodlands

The Friends work hard to deliver a programme of FREE entertainment for you to enjoy at weekends and special days.

Sadly, these free events in the park have all been cancelled in 2020. No doubt that they’ll be back as soon as it’s safe! Here’s a taste of what happens in a normal year –

  • There’s music in the bandstand with concerts to suit all tastes.
  • Vehicle shows in the Italian Gardens.
  • Exhibitions in the Visitor Centre.
  • Outdoor activities in the park.
  • Fundraising, cake bakes and friendship.

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

Brilliant Friends

We all need good friends and Stanley Park is lucky to have quite a few!

The Friends of Stanley Park hold fundraising events throughout the year to pay for the free entertainment.

Free Events and concerts each weekend at Blackpool Stanley Park Bandstand
Free Events and concerts each weekend at Blackpool Stanley Park Bandstand

For as long as anyone can remember, Carole Thaw 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 do a few shows and others do more. There is always a need for more volunteers.

Public safety and the safety of the musicians has to be considered. Electricity and water aren’t a good mix. As the bandstand is open on all sides, on rainy days the acts sometimes have to be cancelled.

Organising and Fundraising

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. Everything has to be transported to the bandstand.

The Friends of Stanley Park have a well-stocked fundraising stall. Carole does a great job finding and selling things to make money towards the upkeep of the shows.

We hope to see you back at the bandstand soon, to hear a variety of different concerts.

…and There’s More!

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

A lot of work has been done in recent years to renovate Blackpool’s favourite open green space. Thousands of local people and visitors enjoy it every year. The park is immaculately well kept, and the excellent facilities are there for everyone to enjoy.

The Friends of Stanley Park has a number of sub groups. They get involved in gardening, wildlife conservation and events. Please check that the sessions aren’t cancelled before visiting –

  • 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 on 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. Are you community spirited and care about your environment? Are you willing to get involved and help with project planning, event organisation or fund raising? Please join in!

Get in Touch with the Friends of Stanley Park

Chairman: Mrs Elaine Smith, tel:01253 318948 and e-mail: info@friendsofstanleypark.org.uk

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