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RARE Productions High School Musical Auditions

RARE Productions High School Musical Auditions Visiting company RARE Productions will hold open auditions for their production of High School Musical at South Hill Park from Thu 2 - Sat 4 Feb 2023. Auditions will take place at South Hill Park on Fri 30 Sept & Sun...

South Hill Park’s July Newsletter

July Newsletter Jack and the Beanstalk cast reveal We are very excited to announce that Michael Ayiotis and Paul Toulson will return to our pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, this Christmas. Michael has performed with us in many previous shows including Madagascar...

Director for Kinky Boots 2023

Director for Kinky Boots 2023 South Hill Park is looking for an experienced director of musical theatre to help stage its Easter 2023 musical Kinky Boots and confidently lead a large, professional creative and technical team through the production process. With a...

South Hill Park’s June Newsletter

June Newsletter Simon Evans on sale soon Simon Evans is coming to South Hill Park on Sat 29 Oct with his show The Work of the Devil. Simon Evans’ last show, Genius 2.0 provided a hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life....

South Hill Park’s May Newsletter

May Newsletter The Festival of Food and Music celebrates the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Our popular Festival of Food and Music is back this summer, running from Fri 3 – Sun 5 June. This year we celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with live music from every decade of...

South Hill Park’s April Newsletter

April Newsletter Shrek The Musical has begun The wait is finally over and our Easter production Shrek The Musical started this week. The entire team have been working endlessly over the last few months to bring such a fantastic production to all audiences and it is...

Auditions for the Studio Theatre Company’s production of Hay Fever by Noël Coward

Studio Theatre Company Hay Fever auditions After the success of Rope in June 2021 the Studio Theatre Company returns to the Wilde Theatre stage for a limited run of this hilarious & absolutely classic Noël Coward play, Hay Fever. Auditions are on Tue 10 & Wed...

Visit from photography students at South Hill Park

Visit from photography students at South Hill Park  Last month South Hill Park had the pleasure of working with photography students from Bracknell and Wokingham College to create new and exciting content for our Courses and Workshops. This was a great opportunity for...

Recycling Incentive Scheme Offers

South Hill Park's Recycling Incentive Scheme Offers We are delighted to support Bracknell Forest Recycling Incentive Scheme by offering reduced pricing using your points. Cinema ticket offer - Recycling Incentive Scheme members receive South Hill Park members price on...

Interview with Blackeyed Theatre’s Adrian McDougall on Frankenstein

Associate Theatre Company Blackeyed Theatre bring a revival of their 'masterfully constructed' (The Stage) production of Frankenstein to the Wilde Theatre from Thu 27 - Sat 29 Jan. We had a chat with  Artistic Director Adrian McDougall to find out more about this...



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South Hill Park

Ringmead,
Bracknell,
Berkshire,
RG12 7PA
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South Hill Park Grounds

Terrace Beds

South Hill Park’s Award-Winning Grounds

South Hill Park Arts Centre is set in beautiful Green Flag Award-Winning parkland south of Bracknell town centre. The large, historic grounds are open to the public and include landscaped gardens, lakes, children’s play areas and woodland, all of which surround the Grade II listed building.

The grounds of South Hill Park were restored back to their former glory thanks to a £2.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund in 2008. Over the course of four years, the park was vastly improved for the benefit of the public and wildlife. Restored original features include a Yew Walk and Italian Garden. The total cost of this ambitious project amounted to £4.4 million, which paid for works on-site and then 10 years of ongoing maintenance.

You can find out more about the restoration project and Conservation Management Plan by contacting Kath Moss, South Hill Park Grounds Manager, on 01344 352000.

South Hill Park is a two-times Green Flag awarded site and winner of Best Local Authority Park, Thames and Chiltern In Bloom, 2013.

Facilities and key features:

  • Italian Garden restored to the original designs of architect Temple Moore,
  • Four way-marked trails to guide your way around these historic grounds,
  • Two balancing ponds that are popular for fishing and are home to an array of wildlife,
  • New paths and improved access points,
  • An amphitheatre which is popular for outdoor performances,
  • Small Rose Garden which leads onto a Yew walk, with a rose strewn arcade,
  • Sculptures including the Rings of Pachamama by Lucy Strachan,
  • Toddler garden including natural play features,
  • Café – for opening times visit our Eat & Drink page,
  • Woodlands of birch, lime, oak and sweet chestnut.

Management of the grounds is a partnership between Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Town Council and South Hill Park Arts Centre. The area to the south of Ringmead is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Council, while the northern area is managed by Bracknell Town Council. Both lakes are owned by Thames Water and act as balancing ponds for the town, by storing excess water during periods of heavy rainfall.

For more information about the grounds, please visit the Bracknell Forest website: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/parks-and-countryside/parks-visit/south-hill-park

Italian Gardens

What’s on in the Grounds?

A wide programme of events and activities take place in the South Hill Park grounds throughout the year including treasure hunts, family fun days, wildlife evenings and nature days.

Also check out our orienteering course in the grounds – perfect for all ages. Learn how to navigate without the aid of a mobile phone or google maps, get out in the fresh air, and have fun! You can collect maps and answer sheets from the South Hill Park Arts Centre Box Office. This is a FREE activity – all you need is a pen and a zest for life. Click on the links below for information, maps of South and North lake courses, and answer sheets.

Orienteering leaflet – April 2016

Map – south

Map – south (Answers)

Map – north

Map – north (Answers)

The park is also Bracknell’s leading venue for large public events, such as the half marathon, annual Food Festival and music festivals.

Check out our Shows & Events page (and filter on Grounds) for a full list of events.

Visitor information

Please help keep South Hill Park a safe and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy

  • Don’t feed bread to birds (please use grain only), as this can cause serious harm both to the birds and the surrounding environment,
  • Protect plants and wildlife,
  • No BBQs or fires are allowed anywhere on site,
  • Use the bins provided or take your litter home,
  • Keep dogs under control, keep them on the lead on the terrace by the café and around the lakes to prevent them from approaching or chasing wildlife,
  • Please clean up after your dog,
  • Please consider other users of the park,
  • Be safe – follow any signs and take care when crossing the road at the front entrance.

 

Friends of South Hill Park Grounds

Who and What Are They?

Friends of South Hill Park Grounds (FOSHPG) are a group of enthusiastic, local residents of South Hill Park. Their aims are to:

  • Encourage local residents and visitors to use the grounds of South Hill Park,
  • Stimulate interest in the history of the mansion and appreciation for the restoration of the grounds,
  • Inform visitors about the flora and fauna of the park and promote the four Trails,
  • Publicise any events organised in the grounds to increase awareness and hence appreciation of the park,
  • Give visitors the opportunity to volunteer to help maintain the grounds,
  • Encourage visitors to comment and make suggestions for any improvements to the grounds,
  • Encourage a more diverse population to use the park by engaging with local schools and interested groups.

How can you get involved?

Contact FOSHPG by e-mailing them at foshpg@nullgmail.com

You can find out more about FOSHPG by visiting their website.

Environmental Warden

Bracknell Town Council employ environment wardens to protect the environment around Bracknell, which included the ground at South Hill Park.

If you have any environmental questions or concerns about the park please contact them on environment.warden@nullbracknelltowncouncil.gov.uk

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