Parks, playgrounds and nature reserves

Parks and open spaces

Green Flag Parks

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Peterborough City Council is proud to have 3 Green Flag Parks:

Central Park

The park which is supported by the Friends of Central Park (FoCP) is located north of the city centre on Park Crescent, which adjoins Park Road and Broadway. The Park features many facilities including a paddling pool, a sandpit, a sensory garden, an aviary, the Buttercross café, bowling greens, hard and grass tennis courts and a croquet lawn. Various events are held at Central Park throughout the year, from dog shows to Viking Heritage days featuring archery, weaving, battle re-enactments and more.

Itter Park

Itter Park can be found off Fulbridge Road in Paston. Amenities include a play area, hard and grass tennis courts and a bowling green. There’s also a renovated wildlife pond brimming with fascinating amphibian and insect life, plus a gorgeous bee-friendly sensory garden, both of which are maintained by the Friends of Itter Park (FoIP).

Manor Farm Park

Manor Farm Park is accessible via Cleve Place, which runs through Eye Village. It includes a skate park, play area, a wild flower meadow, a picnic area, a Blue Bell Woodland path and children’s adventure trim trail.

Large parks and open spaces

The Embankment

The Embankment runs along the river Nene and is within easy walking distance of the city centre. Many events take place throughout the year including the Peterborough Beer Festival.

Bretton Park

Bretton park is one of the council’s largest green open spaces and can be found in north Bretton. The facilities include a large children’s play area, a BMX track, tennis courts, football pitches and one cricket pitch all regularly used.


We provide over 200 play areas for children and young people in and around Peterborough, all are listed within the document on the right. 

The equipment ranges in its uses from pre-school to young people. A number of our parks have multi-use games areas for a variety of sports options.

Playgrounds in Peterborough

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Skate parks 
Skate parks open to the public at all times:

  • next to the Eye Community Centre
  • Fletton Recreation Ground
  • Horseshoe Land, Orton Goldhay
  • Charteris Centre
  • Lawson Avenue, Stanground
  • Welland Road Recreation Ground
  • Werrington

BMX tracks
There are two BMX tracks in Peterborough:

  • casual riding use at Bretton Park
  • both casual and competitive use at Herlington, Orton Malborne, which is a nationally recognised facility attracting riders from all over the country and it is home to Peterborough Phantoms BMX Club.

Nature and wildlife reserves

We play a leading role in the maintenance of the nature reserves and wildlife areas in the Peterborough area. They offer many diverse habitats to encourage a very wide range of wildlife. 

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