User Bar First

This is a debugging block

User Bar Second

This is a debugging block


This is a debugging block

Header Second

This is a debugging block

Carousel Holder

This is a debugging block

Preface First

This is a debugging block

Preface Second

This is a debugging block

Preface Third

This is a debugging block

Header First

This is a debugging block


This is a debugging block

Thompson Park


A popular and beautiful Edwardian park, located close to the centre of Burnley and recently restored with support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

There are attractions for all ages and abilities, car parking, toilets and a cafe. 


  • Children's play area
  • Paddling Pool (open sunny weekends and school holidays)
  • Boathouse cafe (weekends and school holidays 12 - 5pm)
  • Boating lake  
  • Miniature railway
  • Toilets
  • Ornamental gardens
  • Car park (£2 all day)

To view a map of the park click here

Please note that dogs are not permitted in Thompson Park.

The Boathouse

The boating lake is open every weekend, bank holiday and school holiday from April to October.

Opening hours are from 11am till 5pm

For more information, including opening check on Facebook contact: 01282 477167 or email or 


Rowing Boats  £4

Canadian Canoe £4

Double Kayak  £4

Single Kayak £2  

Boat hire is for 25 minutes

Paddling Pool

The paddling pool is a great place for kids to cool off on a hot summers day. The pool is filled at weekends and school holidays between April and September on days when the weather is warm and sunny. 

Burnley and Pendle Miniature Railway Society

The miniature railway operates on Sundays and Bank holidays throughout the year from noon until 4pm (weather permitting). Rides cost £1 for children (u16) and £2 for adults. A family coach takes wheel chairs and prams. All income is used to support the ongoing development of the railway. Check B&PMRS Facebook page for up to date info.

The railway can be booked for children's parties.  

Getting there

By foot and bike: The park is close to Burnley town centre and there are excellent links to the Canal and Burnley's network of greenways.

Public Transport: The park is less than 10 minutes walk from Burnley bus station map and 8 minutes walk from Burnley central railway station map

By car: There is a car park (access from Colne Road, BB11 2AA) with a pay by phone charge of £2 per day through MIPermit location 73602. The car park is open from 8.30am to dusk throughout the year.Please click here for conditions and payment instructions. 

Friends of Thompson and Queen's Park

The friends group has been active since 1998 and meets every month in the ranger base in Thompson Park. Details of meetings can be found on the notice board in the park and are open to all.

The Friends have supported many improvements in the park over recent years including developing the miniature railway, providing a launching platform for model boats, funding sculptures, planting an orchard and helping to organise many events in the park such as Christmas and Easter activities, brass band concerts and the Ranger Open Day.

Contact Michelle Wolfenden on 07759 739360 for more information on the friends group or visit the facebook page here

Volunteering opportunities

There is a regular gardening group that meets every Tuesday morning from 10am - 12.30 and the Friends of Thompson Park welomes volunteers.

If you wish to know more about volunteering opportunities click here for more information or click here to register 

More Information?

check out the downloads on the side panel or contact: 



Postscript First

This is a debugging block

Postscript Second

This is a debugging block


Postscript Third

This is a debugging block

Postscript Fourth

This is a debugging block