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St Peter’s is a striking building located in the heart of Burnley town centre, housing the local leisure and health facility. The leisure centre is home to an impressive array of sports and equipment. It features a 25-metre pool and training pool, a gym with Synrgy 360 equipment and free weights, two glass-back squash courts, a dedicated cycling studio, dance studio and two sports halls. As well as the body it’s also good for the mind incorporating sauna, steam and spa areas for relaxation, recuperation and reinvigoration.
Set in beautiful surroundings, Padiham Leisure Centre is one of the jewels in Burnley Leisure’s crown.
As an all-round fitness centre it offers swimming, exercise classes, gym, sauna, indoor cycling studio and many more activities. It also boasts fantastic outdoor facilities for the local community, including tennis courts,, cycle greenway route, a 5-a-side football pitch, bowling green and play park area.
Burnley Mechanics Theatre
Burnley Mechanics Theatre is a magnificent Grade 2 Star listed building opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1987 in order to present the absolute best in entertainment, special events and community activities in the town. Inside you will find a modern, multipurpose venue offering impressive performance spaces, state-of-the art technical facilities and several comfortable and relaxing spaces to drink, dine and meet friends. This historic venue has played host to some of the finest talent ranging from Sir Ian McKellen, The Osmonds, John Bishop, Alan Carr, Lee Nelson, Tim Vine, the stars of Strictly Come Dancing and our fabulous local societies; Burnley Light Opera and Burnley Pantomime Society. The Mechanics is also the number one choice for the areas many superb dance and theatre schools to showcase their emerging talent.
The stunning surroundings of Towneley Golf Club take some beating. Set within the beautiful mature woodlands and grounds of Towneley Park, Burnley, there are a range of challenging and fun-filled facilities for everyone. From an 18-hole course for more seasoned golfers, to a hidden gem of an 18 hole par 3 Pitch & Putt, a 9 hole golf course and 18 hole Footgolf course. We also have a well-stocked golf shop, a function room and our 197 Bistro & Bar is perfect for refreshments and socialising – even if you’re not there to play you’re still very welcome!
Welcome to our £2.5 million facility designed to offer a premier sporting experience to all. Our impressive complex is home to Burnley’s first purpose-built golf driving range. You’ll also find a PGA professional golf academy at Prairie Sports village alongside two FA approved 3G floodlit football pitches, mini golf and short game practice area. But it’s not all action-packed – relax, dine and soak up the Pendle Hill views or catch up on Sky Sports in our 1955 Kitchen & Bar.
Thompson Park is bursting with things to do, making it a great day out for all the family. Set in beautiful surroundings, the park boasts many attractions; a boating lake, ice cream café, miniature railway (www.thompsonparkrailway.co.uk), Victorian paddling pool, Italian gardens and an awesome playground with sand pit and zip line. Under the mature woodland, wildflowers skim the park and the flower beds bloom in the summer making it a haven for birds and squirrels. So, whether you want to make a splash and try kayaking or sit quietly on a bench and take in the surroundings, there’s something for everyone at Thompson Park.
Thompson Park is particularly family friendly as it has no vehicle access and dogs are banned within the grounds.
The Boathouse Café
This fabulous ice cream parlour is open between Easter and September on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and every day during local school holidays from 12-5pm. On offer are a range of hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Why not take a seat on the lake terrace and enjoy some much-needed refreshments after a busy morning on the playground?
Boats are available for hire between Easter and September on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and every day during local school holidays. The first boat is at 12.15pm, the last is at 4.15pm
Prices are as follows for a 25-minute hire:
Single kayak – £3
Canadian canoe (3 people) – £4
Small rowboat (4 people) – £5
Large rowboat (5 people) – £6
Boats are not able to be booked in advance, simply turn up on the day and you will be allocated a time slot should a boat not be immediately available.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING PERIODS OF BAD WEATHER THE BOATHOUSE CAFE AND BOATING LAKE MAY CLOSE, PLEASE CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE (The Boathouse | Facebook) FOR UPDATES
For group bookings for boats or paddle boarding, such as team building days or school trips, please contact email@example.com
A History of Thompson Park
Arthur Race designed Thompson Park after James Thompson, a local cotton spinner and manufacturer left £50,000 in his will to Burnley Corporation to create a park for the people of the town on Bank Hall grounds in 1920.
The park opened 10 years later after being largely constructed by the unemployed. They underwent the task of digging out the boating lake, and building the ornamental bridges, Pavilion building, Victorian paddling pool, conservatory and Italian gardens.
The Pavilion building was used as a tearoom where visitors could relax on the terrace, overlooking the boating lake. Today the building has undergone a Heritage Lottery restoration and it had been restored to its former Art-Deco glory. The space is used by community groups and is available to hire for celebrations.
The Italian gardens were built in the classic style, with columns and geometric flower beds. Originally this space housed a pond, complete with coy carp swimming through the lily pads, this was drained during World War II and used for growing vegetables for the community, as was much of the rest of Thompson Park. During the war, the only bomb that fell in Burnley was in Thompson Park, near the conservatory.
In 2001 the miniature railway, nicknamed The Lollipop Line, opened for its first passengers. The train is a fun 7-minute ride through the park and is suitable for all ages.
There is now a car park for visitors to Thompson Park which is signposted from Colne Road. Payment is by smartphone only via the MIPERMIT app. Gates to the car park open at 8.30am every morning and remain open during daylight hours.
Barden Athletics Track
Barden Lane Athletics Track is home to Burnley Athletic Club and is a popular and well-used facility hosting events such as Couch to 5k.
It features a 400m, six-lane synthetic running track and full-sized grass pitches.