Visiting Lightwoods Park

Lightwoods Park and House restoration project

Lightwoods Park and House has benefitted from a £5.2m restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery (BIG) that has seen the house transformed and the park undergo extensive work that has revitalised the site.

From a state of serious decay, the Grade II listed house, built in 1791, is being lovingly restored back to its former glory and will be a high-quality venue for a wide range of community activities as well as public and private events.

There will be a tea room, community rooms for training, classes and exhibitions, a children’s centre, a large function room for events such as wedding ceremonies, receptions and conferences as well as numerous office spaces to let.

The park has seen numerous historical elements brought back to life, including drinking fountains,the 19th century bandstand that will also be licensed for wedding ceremonies plus the unusual Shakespeare Garden featuring plants and shrubs from the Bard’s plays, while new paths, railings and a play area have also been added.

An educational and events programme is also planned for the house and park. This will include an educational pack for school groups and information on the park’s history, nature and heritage. There will be opportunities for volunteers to receive training and engage in both maintaining the house and park and becoming involved in events such as food festivals, theatre and Christmas fairs.

With a plan to obtain a Green Flag and Green Heritage Award, the result will be a welcoming community space that can be used for years to come, with the project due for completion in early 2017.

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