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Wharton Park, Durham


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, Wharton Park hugs the hillside to the north of the city centre.

News, photos and project updates

Keep up to date with the latest information and news on Wharton Park on the Facebook page.

Background to the current renovation work

After successfully securing Heritage Lottery Funding of £44,000 in the summer of 2011, we consulted on a range of long term improvements and renovation plans as part of a second stage funding bid.

The funding bid was successful with Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund awarding a grant of £2.45m in January 2014 towards the restoration of the park. Additional funding including funding from the council and Durham AAP, will take the total amount of investment in the park to £3m.

Plans for the restoration of the park are now being finalised. They include a heritage centre, cafe, new play area and improvements to the park's amphitheatre, miniature car track, footpaths, signs and main entrances. Construction work is expected to begin in February 2015. See the proposed improvements in the plan below:

Wharton Park Stage D Masterplan (PDF, 2Mb)

The future

The park will become a destination in its own right, and a vibrant community resource which you will be able to explore in variety of ways.

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 steering group, we want to hear from you.