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Daventry Country Park

Daventry Country Park is a popular park ideally situated in the urban fringe of Daventry within 1 mile of the town centre, easily accessible by car, bicycle or on foot with the benefit of cycle ways and footpaths from the surrounding areas.

 

There are circular, way marked and hard-surfaced trails through woodlands, meadows and close to the reservoir with wheelchair accessible bird hides to stop and view the wildlife. With its large reservoir where you can feed the ducks, adventure playground, numerous picnic spots, nature trail and a wealth of wildlife, Daventry Country Park is a great family day out.

 

Daventry Country Park has been awarded the Country Parks Accreditation and the Green Flag Award proving that the Park is recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country and deliver the core facilities and services expected of Country Parks.


NEWS

 

New Play Equipment

Funding is available to expand the existing play area at Daventry Country Park. This funding is for playground equipment that caters for 4 to 8 year olds.

We are interested in the views of users and local residents as to whether they support more equipment being added to the existing playground on this site and if so, which of the playground designs you prefer. Please click here for more information and to vote.

 

 

parkrun is coming to Daventry

parkrun is a free, weekly 5km run which is open to everyone. Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun at www.parkrun.org.uk and you only have to register once. Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Please note the launch of parkrun has been delayed until November - please check back for further updates.

 

Kids Run Free are also coming to Daventry, launching on Saturday 4 October at the  Eastern Way Recreation Ground, Eastern Way Daventry NN11 0QB

Races start at 9.00, please arrive at 8.45 for warm ups!

 

We've done it again!

Daventry Country Park has once again proven to be among the best open spaces in the country by achieving the prestigious Green Flag Award for the 14th time. Click here for the news release.

 

New Orienteering Course

Visitors can get into orienteering with the parks new permanent course. 

The courses, which have been designed with the help of the Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club include a 1.1km easy course and a 2.6km medium course, maps are just £1 available from the café during opening hours. 

Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport which involves finding the quickest route between control points using a special map to navigate. Participants must exercise their brain as well as their body to complete the course.

  

Give us your Views

Take part in our survey to help shape the future for Daventry Country Park.

Take part in the survey by clicking here.

   


 

How to find us

Daventry Country Park, Northern Way, Daventry NN11 2JB

Green Flag Award 2014
Green Flag Award 2014

Park Facilities

 

The park is open 365 days a year with facilities open daily (excluding Christmas Day and News Year Day) from 9am - 5pm summertime and 8.30am - 4.30pm wintertime.

Toilets are situated next to the visitors centre, with baby changing facilities and disabled toilet.

 

Parking

A £2.00 parking charge is payable between 8am and 8pm. This charge is payable every day of the year (including Bank Holidays) and applies to the main car park as well as the overflow parking area (Northern Field). Daventry Country Park has 90 hard standing parking spaces. During busy times, there is also a grassed overflow area (Northern Field) that is opened for additional parking.

 

Visitors' Centre

Our visitors centre is host to equipment to show nature dvd's and live video feeds and a new activity area with information on the park and it's inhabitants. 

 

Reservoir Café

The café franchise provides delicious hot and cold food, a variety of hot and cold drinks with a range of light meals and snacks. The variety of food is good, with many tasty, healthy options. There is also a large selection of ice creams and sweets. The café can provide covered seating for 20 people and is open from 9.00 - 5.00 (summertime) and 9.00 - 4.00 (wintertime).  

 

Adventure Playground

Daventry Country Park has an exciting adventure playground, full of climbing frames, slides, scramble nets and swings. It's fabulous fun for kids
of all ages.

 

Picnic Areas

There are several designated picnic areas and benches throughout the park, positioned to provide rest areas in peaceful places or overlooking relaxing views of the park.

 

Community Orchard

The orchard is planted only with British varieties and many are local to Northamptonshire. This area is dedicated to preserving our local history whilst providing a tranquil place for the community to enjoy.

Each January the orchard is "Wassailed" (an Anglo-Saxon word meaning good health). This is an ancient tradition, designed to scare bad spirits away from the orchard and to ensure a bountiful harvest for the community's benefit.

 

Local Nature Reserve

In 2007, Daventry District Council designated the southern part of the reservoir and the area of land around it and the grit trap as a Local Nature Reserve.

The southern section of the park is particularly rich in natural resources and presents an opportunity for the maintenance of an area where local people and visitors alike can observe an abundant variety of plants and wildfowl in undisturbed surroundings.

The Local Nature Reserve Committee are a group of appropriate persons wishing to assist the objectives of the LNR Committee. Click here to view the LNR Management Plan and Work Schedule.

For more information on Local Nature Reserves, click here to visit the Natural England website

 

Sheep Grazing

The park uses a flock of rare breed sheep to help manage the meadows - they are environmentally friendly lawn mowers. The sheep eat invasive weeds but leave wildflowers alone on the whole. This results in a much better variety of plant life in the meadows and the sheep have very little impact on the area helping to maintain the healthy balance of flora and fauna present. When visiting the park you may three types of rare breed sheep including Castle Milk Morrit, Hebridean and Manx Longhtan.