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Bishop Auckland town recreation ground

Bishop Auckland town recreation ground is located within walking distance of Bishop Auckland town centre and surrounded by residential areas.

Bishop Auckland Town Recreation Ground Flower Display

It can be traced back to 1912 when the bowling green was installed. Tennis courts and a football pitch were later added and finally play equipment became part of the recreation ground. 


Bishop Auckland town recreation ground covers 43,000 square metres of land and includes informal recreational open space together. The park features four tennis courts, a bowling green, football pitch, play equipment and a BMX/skate park. Local groups including a bowls club, a tennis club and a Sunday league football team use the facilities.


The park is situated in Bishop Auckland town centre between Etherley Lane and Bob Hardisty Drive.

Opening times

The park is open all year round.

Green Flag Awards

Bishop Auckland town recreation ground has been awarded a Green Flag Award. These awards recognise well managed parks and open spaces for all to enjoy. The Green Flag Awards are the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.

Green Flag Awards Logo

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