Archery Road, Leamington Spa
Victoria Park is a public park in Leamington Spa, just east of Warwick. It is located on the south bank of the River Leam. It is a popular place to enjoy a picnic, whether you are visiting Warwick or Leamington Spa.
Covering an expansive 18.5 acres, Victoria park include a range of diversions. These include a bowl lawn, tennis courts, a skate park, play area and paddling pool. There is also a café at the bowls pavilion where you can enjoy hot and drinks and snacks.
Up until the 1830s the park was just part of farmland on the edge of the growing spa town. It was at that time that one of the local land owning families began to hold archery competitions on the land.
In the middle of the nineteenth century Leamington Cricket club made their first home there and in the 1860s the New Riverside Walk was opened. The park was extensively landscaped and redesigned in 1899 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
The paddling pool is popular with kids and young families, providing fun and cool water during the summer months. The skate park was built in 2016, thanks to a grant and has many state of the art features.
The bowling greens are considered by many to be the best in England. Every year, the English Men’s and Women’s Bowling Championships are held in Victoria Park. The Women’s World Bowling Championships were also held there in 1996 and 2004. In 2022, Victoria Park’s bowling greens will host the lawn bowls event at the Commonwealth Games.
Visitors to the park will find Free parking off Princes Drive at the west end of the park. There is also limited parking on Archery Road. The town centre is just ten minutes away, making it an easy walk for holiday makers to Leamington Spa.