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Centre Vale Park

Centre Vale Park is located less than half a mile from Todmorden Town Centre. Famous for hosting some of the regions most popular outdoor events, including the National Crown Green Bowling Club Championships and the Todmorden Agricultural Show, Centre Vale Park offers a unique outdoor environment close to an urban centre.

The Park has been used for public events since the first bowling greens were open in 1915, and continues today to be an area used for walking, sports and formal recreation, picnics, family outings and large scale events including the Agricultural Show (one of the largest in the north of England), music events, the towns Carnival, Brass Band concerts, the National Crown Green Bowling Club Championships, schools and educational events. (See Centre Vale Park workshops.)

Centre Vale Park consists of 33 Ha (328,591m2) of mature oak and beech woodland intersected by woodland walks and open parkland. The main body of the park landscape includes sports pitches, formal memorial gardens, conservatory / animal house, an all weather 5-a-side football, an Outdoor Gym, under 12’s roadway, four crown greens, table tennis and community room. To the East of the park are the children’s play area, skate park and public toilets. The channelled River Calder runs along the north eastern boundary of the park adjacent to Burnley Road.

Centre Vale Park achieved a Green Flag AwardExternal link for 2013/2014. The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. The award recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. The Safer Cleaner Greener Upper Valley Team have worked in partnership with the Friends of Centre Vale Park to achieve this standard and continue to improve the area for the benefit of all.

Centre Vale Park is also home to Lucky the dog. In 2011 the dog gained a reputation for bringing luck to anyone that touched it, and was featured in a Channel 4 television program hosted by TV Illusionist Derren Brown. People now travel from far and wide to pat “Lucky” on the head and hopefully receive good luck as a result. Lucky can be found sitting in Samuel Fielden’s room within the remains of the old Centre Vale Mansion which is located within the Park.


Centre Vale Park boasts a variety of facilities and activities to suit a wide range of park users, including:

  • 5 aside football (opened and managed by Todmorden Sports Centre).
  • Bowling Greens (managed by bowling clubs onsite).
  • Play Area
  • Skate Park
  • Cycleway
  • Outdoor Gym
  • Football pitches (rented out to local clubs).

Conservatory / Animal House

The Conservatory and animal House is open seven days a week between 10 am and 4pm. The facility is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day.

Play Area and Skate Park

Refurbished in 2005, the play area at Centre Vale Park offers a large variety of different play items for children to explore, including a Zip Wire, a Space Net and an inclusive Climbing Unit and a fully inclusive Roundabout.

The Skate Park is located at the south east corner of the park and provides facilities for local skaters.

Outdoor Gym

In 2012 an Outdoor Gym was installed within the park near the bowling green area. The equipment provides items for a range of age ranges and abilities.

Getting to the Park

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