South Hill Park
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South Hill Park is a Green Flag awarded historic park located south of Bracknell town centre.
The grounds are open to the public and include landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, all of which surround a Grade II listed building which is now used as an arts centre.
The grounds of South Hill Park have been restored back to their former glory thanks to a £2.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. Take a step back in time and admire original features such as a Yew Walk and Italian Garden in your exploration of the park.
Facilities and key features
The facilities and key features of South Hill Park are:
- an Italian Garden restored to the original designs of architect Temple Moore
- four waymarked trails to guide your way around the historic grounds
- two balancing ponds popular for fishing and home to an array of wildlife
- surfaced paths and disabled access facilities to the arts centre
- an amphitheatre which is popular for outdoor performances
- a small rose garden which leads onto a yew walk, with a rose strewn arcade
- sculptures including the Rings of Pachamama by Lucy Strachan
- a new educational balance beam and nature trail
- toddler garden including natural play features
- café at the South Hill Park Arts Centre
- woodlands of birch, lime, oak and sweet chestnut
- art galleries, a dance studio, cinema and theatre in the mansion
- a new orienteering course, which can be used by beginners and more advanced orienteers
To see what's on and for more information on courses and workshops at the arts centre please visit South Hill Park Arts Centre website.
Events and activities
A wide programme of events and activities take place in South Hill Park grounds throughout the year.
The park is also Bracknell's leading venue for large public events, such as the half marathon, The Big Day Out and music festivals.
Management of the site
Management of the grounds is a partnership between Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Town Council and South Hill Park Arts Centre. The area to the south of Ringmead is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Council, while the northern area is managed by Bracknell Town Council. Both lakes are owned by Thames Water and act as balancing ponds for the town, by storing excess water during periods of heavy rainfall.
An updated version of the Ten Year Management and Maintenance Plan for South Hill Park was produced in September 2013 to reflect the completed restoration project. The plan sets out the vision, aims and objectives for the park and it identifies actions and priorities in its audience development plan and annual work plan.
How to get there
There are a number of ways that you can access South Hill Park, including a large car park off Ringmead and a bus stop approximately 300m away. Two adopted cycle routes also cross the site, which incorporates a series of flat surfaced paths.
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