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Kingsway Park

Kingsway Park is situated close to the Kirkby in Ashfield’s town centre. Covering approximately 9 hectares the park is the main destination site within the local area providing important sports and recreational facilities for local residents and sports teams.

What you'll find at Kingsway Park

Kingsway Park has a Green Flag award and the following amenities: 

  • Pavilion building including, toilets and changing rooms for sports teams
  • Acre View Café – check Facebook for opening times 
  • bandstand and rose garden
  • tennis and netball courts
  • bowling greens 
  • multi use games area
  • play area
  • youth area
  • skate park
  • parkour area
  • synthetic pitch (floodlit) - requires booking (email: bookings@ashfield.gov.uk)
  • football pitches
  • free dog poo bags (find them in the tiks pack at the park entrance)
  • car park. 

Car parking

There is a car park at the site. 

Park history

The park was laid out in 1930 on land sold to Kirkby in Ashfield District Council by a Miss Catherine Hodgkinson of Kirkby House. The land was to be used and maintained as a public playing field for the community.

Prior to this the site was used as grazing land for horses and was known locally as 16 Acre Field. The Acre - the street at the southern end of the park takes its name from this and the park is often referred to locally as ‘the Acre’.  

Poplars were an important landscape feature, lining the drive from the main entrance on the east side of the park, the western perimeter with the LMS railway line (many survive to this day), and to the north as far as the Hodgkinson Road entrance.

A mixed row of oak and ash and other native trees bordered the remainder of the northern perimeter. Ornamental trees formed avenues within the park. As part of the original layout there were 8 tennis courts, 2 large bowling greens, putting greens, areas for netball and hockey, 2 football fields, a kick about area and a large aviary.

The important remaining heritage features are the main shared vehicular and pedestrian access gates and archway on Hodgkinson Road, the smaller shared vehicular and pedestrian access gates and archway and the 2 sets of pedestrian access gates and archways on Kingsway. 

Opening hours

Acre View cafe is open at these times (weather permitting): 

Monday- closed
Tuesday-11.30am - 4pm
Wednesday-11.30am - 4pm
Thursday-11.30am - 4pm
Friday- closed
Saturday-11am - 2pm
Sunday-11.30am - 4pm

Contact information

For sports and pitch bookings telephone 01623 457092 or 01623 457410, or email bookings@ashfield.gov.uk

To book an event on the park telephone 01623 457092 or email events@ashfield.gov.uk.