Park news and information
Wharton Park has now reopened following a £3 million restoration programme. Find the latest news and information about the park.
What to look forward to when you visit?
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and the council, improvements include a new Heritage Centre, cafe, new play areas and improvements to the park's amphitheatre, miniature car track, footpaths, signs and main entrances.
See the fantastic transformation for yourself. Come for lunch in the café, enjoy the peace and quiet of the contemplation area, listen to live music in the amphitheatre or browse the fantastic surroundings. If you're a school make the most of the outdoor learning space and new heritage centre facilities. Find all the information you'll need to enjoy your day out on our visitor information page.
Find the latest park events programme.
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Background to the renovation
There has been a formal park on this site since 1858, and the first Miners' Gala was held here in 1871. Occupying a plot near the railway station, with commanding views of Durham City and the Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site, Wharton Park hugs the hillside to the north of the city centre. Find out more about the history of the park.
In January 2014, Heritage Lottery funding and cash from the Big Lottery fund saw a £2.45m injection into revamping and restoring the park. Additional funding from the Council and Durham AAP, took the total amount of investment in the project to £3m.
Become a Friend
There's a passion for the park among its 'friends' group, who are always looking for new members and volunteers. Whether you can volunteer for a couple of hours every now and then, or if you are interested in joining the management committee, we want to hear from you.