Ashbourne Recreation Ground

Derbyshire Dales District Council delights in managing and maintaining Ashbourne Recreation Ground and Memorial Gardens.

The District Council provides facilities in this town centre haven for local bowls, cricket, football and rugby clubs (contact details below).  Book by calling 01629 761225 or emailing Booking is not required for use of the multi-use games area for 5-a-side football, tennis and basketball which are free of charge. Just turn up and play. Access to a small car park is off Cokayne Avenue. Located nearby is the District Council's main Shaw Croft car park in Ashbourne (DE6 1DG).

  • There is a fee for some activities in our parks, including bowling greens, sports pitches etc. For further details please visit our Sports Pitches and Activities page.

2022 saw the official opening of the new Pavilion in the Park. The District Council are proud to have supported ASCP in the realisation of this project. Working with Ashbourne Sports & Community Partnership from the start the District Council contributed match funding of up to £325,000 towards the project.  Spending a further £42,000 on improvements to the park's three football pitches.

Exciting new dry play equipment was part of a comprehensive upgrade in the summer of 2009 at the Recreation Ground.  This included re-turfing work - and new interactive splashpads. 

Ashbourne Recreation Ground childrens play areaAfter listening to what residents and especially young people said the town needed, Derbyshire Dales District Council secured £200,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.  This was to create new play areas both in Ashbourne and at our recreation ground in Bakewell. The projects received a further £170,000 investment.

The park revamp also included the provision of fencing, gates and upgraded paths.

While the Recreation Ground is a great centre for activity, the adjoining Memorial Gardens is for relaxation. Ashbourne Memorial Gardens are dedicated to those who died for their country. Look out also for the statue commemorating the life of Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, who was born in Ashbourne.

The formal gardens, fringing Cokayne Avenue and Park Road, are offset by the open spaces of Fishpond Meadow, accessed via two river bridges.

Below is a list of Local sporting organisations that use the District Council's Recreation Ground. This includes a sports pavilion, a bowling green, cricket pitch, two football pitches, a junior football pitch and rugby pitch.

The District Council's main Ashbourne public conveniences - rebuilt in the summer of 2011 - are situated in the Shaw Croft car park.

Derbyshire Dales District Council appreciates your help in caring for the Recreation Ground and Memorial Gardens. Enjoy the play and recreation facilities and please use the litter bins and look after the trees, plants and play equipment. Thank you.

Visiting Ashbourne?

Drop in at  Ashbourne Leisure Centre, located on Clifton Road DE6 1AA.


Ashbourne Recreation Ground