Nestled between the city centre and the Western Bypass, Beacon Park has more than 70 acres of beautiful gardens and open space that caters to a wide range of leisure pursuits. People use the park for leisurely walks, golf, crazy golf, tennis, basketball, bowls, as well as the popular children’s play area. The park is also steeped in history, with information boards around the site providing a glimpse into Lichfield’s rich historical past.
Beacon Park is right in the heart of Lichfield, with the main pedestrian entrance being found opposite the Gardens of Remembrance and Minster Pool, on the corner of Bird Street and Swan Road.
The Museum Gardens are the formal part of the park, and include floral displays and avenue of trees, along with the centrepiece fountain. Visitors can also find statues in the park of the Titanic’s Captain, EJ Smith, King Edward VII, and local hero Erasmus Darwin.
Originally created in 1859, Beacon Park’s history began when the Museum Gardens were laid out next to the Free Museum and Library. Although these services no longer exist on this location, the building remains. The park has been extended a number of times since that point and now offers so much more than just open parkland.
There is a café that offers refreshments and ice cream throughout much of the year, as well as a bistro located next to the children’s play area at the centre of the park. Toilets and baby changing facilities are also available.
Inflatables, pedalos and donkey rides are on offer at Beacon Park during good weather. The park also provides a space for enjoying a round of golf, picnic or games of tennis.
A range of outdoor activities such as pond dipping and nature watching are on offer throughout the year. Noticeboards provide information, or visitors can speak to the one of the park rangers.
Beacon Park is open to the public all year-round. The Ranger Station is the main point of information and based in a kiosk next to the crazy golf course, and is open every day, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, with seasonally changing opening hours. Beacon Park hosts an exciting programme of events, ranging from children’s activities and guided walks, through to large scale musical productions and festivals.
The Bower and the Lichfield Festival are held annually during summer in the park annually. As well as these more traditional events, ‘Cars in the Park’ also takes place annually, showing off more than 1,000 vintage and modern cars, as well as a variety of car clubs making an appearance. Lichfield Proms in the Park is an open-air classical music event, and a big top Circus makes the park its home during the Spring.
There are facilities for football, tennis, table tennis and netball. It is highly unlikely that people will run out of things to do in Beacon Park.