Leamington's Village Green
Opening hours: All day, every day
Postcode: CV32 4AA
Parking: On-street pay-and-display parking on Dormer Place. Multi-storey parking at St Peter's car park (5 minute walk)
Located in the heart of Leamington Spa, the Pump Room Gardens were laid out from 1814 onwards. A bandstand was built for music concerts and visitors strolled along the tree-lined paths for their daily exercise.
The gardens were originally laid out for visitors to the neighbouring Royal Pump Rooms but were opened to the general public in 1875.
The Pump Room Gardens are now a valuable area of open space for local people and visitors to the town. Along with the other Spa Gardens, they are Grade II listed on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.
A range of community activities and events take place throughout the year:
- Fun fairs
- Peace Festival
- Food and Drink Festival
- Warwickshire Pride
- Farmer’s markets
A bid for £995,656 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People project has been successful. The council and the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens are both contributing £100,000 in matched funding, resulting in £1.2m investment in the gardens.
The funding will be used to restore the Pump Room Gardens to their former glory. Improvements include:
- Restoring the bandstand
- Renovating York Bridge and its surrounds
- Wildlife and landscaping enhancements on the riverbank
- Flowerbeds around the bandstand
- Drainage improvements
- Improving lighting and paths
- Planting 25 trees
- More seating
Warwickshire County Council’s Heritage & Learning staff will work with local schools to explore the heritage behind the Pump Room Gardens. A Community Engagement Officer will be appointed to run activities and events in the gardens.
The tender process for the capital works is currently underway and we expect that the works will start in mid-2017.
Friends of the Pump Room Gardens
The Friends of the Pump Room Gardens have a blog about the HLF restoration.
They can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter (@PumpRoomGardens).
In 2012, the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens raised funds to help the council restore eight Linden Arches which provide lighting along the avenues of lime trees.
How to get there:
- Bike – bike racks outside the Pump Rooms
- Bus routes
- Rail – 5-minute walk from Leamington Spa station
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