Parks, playgrounds & nature reserves

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Coronavirus has not gone away and we all need to continue to follow the rules and stay alert and stay safe. Once the play area has been reopened new blue signage will be installed to remind visitors of what they can do to safeguard themselves and other visitors.

Visitors to play areas are urged to take the following measures:

  • To stay home if showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • To socially distance at all times and use the play area in a clockwise direction
  • Only one household at a time on each item of equipment
  • Bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes and wash hands before and after use
  • To bring their own towel and hygiene products and wipe down equipment before and after use - particularly on touch points such as swings, see saws and exercise bars
  • Avoid touching faces and putting hands in their mouth
  • To cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm
  • Consumption of food and drink is not permitted in the play area
  • Dispose of all rubbish, including masks, gloves and wipes, in the litter bins or take home

Each play area will have signage which includes the maximum number of people allowed in the play area at one time. If the play area is busy we would urge visitors to come back later.

Updated: 11 September 2020

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 four Green Flag Parks:

Central Park

Central park is supported by the Friends of Central Park (FoCP, it is north of the city centre on Park Crescent, which adjoins Park Road and Broadway.

The Park has the following facilities:

  • Paddling pool
  • Sandpit
  • Sensory garden
  • Aviary
  • The Buttercross Café
  • Bowling greens
  • Hard and grass tennis courts
  • Table tennis tables
  • 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. 

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Itter Park

Itter Park can be found off Fulbridge Road in Paston, the park is supported by the Friends of Itter Park (FoIP).

Facilities include:

  • Play area
  • Hard and grass tennis courts
  • Table tennis tables
  • Bowling green
  • Wildlife pond brimming with fascinating amphibian and insect life
  • Bee-friendly sensory garden
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Manor Farm Park

Manor Farm Park is accessible via Cleve Place, which runs through Eye Village.

Facilities include:

  • Skate park
  • Play area
  • Wild flower meadow
  • Picnic area
  • Blue Bell woodland path
  • Children’s adventure trail
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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 the council's largest green open space and can be found in North Bretton. It, and the adjoining woods are rich in flora, fauna and wildlife. The facilities include a large children's play area, a BMX track, outdoor gym, table tennis table, and football pitches, all regularly used. In addition there is the Bretton Water Park which is open in the summer months.

If you are interested in getting involved in helping look after Bretton Park please contract the Friends of Bretton Park -

Connect Park

Connect Park is located between Gladstone Street and Bourges Boulevard.

Facilities include:

  • Play area
  • Adventure trail
  • Outdoor gym
  • Table tennis tables

Skate parks and BMX tracks

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.