A jewel nestled on the edge of Wigan town centre, Mesnes Park has enjoyed a Heritage Lottery funded £6.1m restoration programme bringing it back to its former Victorian glory.
What's at Mesnes Park?
- Formal gardens
- Bandstand - music events are hosted in the park and the bandstand throughout the year
- Waterfall and lake
- Elegant pavilion featuring Frederick’s ice cream parlour
- Listed Entrance Lodge
- Children’s play area.
The Coalbrookdale Fountain was removed from the park in 1921, but summer 2013 saw a brand new replica take pride of place in the park, as part of the restoration work.
Painstakingly made to original plans by local artisans, the fountain there today is a faithful reproduction of the original. The Pulham water feature, complete with waterfall, was also restored back to its former glory.
Generations of locals have visited the park to rub the ‘lucky foot’ of the Sir Francis Sharpe Powell monument. As a result, a hole appeared in his shoe! Sir Francis’s shoes were made watertight once again and re-bronzed.
The pavilion building, a focal point of the park, now offers a cafe facility run by Frederick’s Ice Cream. The Dalton steps leading up to the pavilion were repaired and the missing urns replaced.
Music lovers can now enjoy concerts in the band stand and a new power supply brought it into the twenty first century.
The restoration involved several organisations, including Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, and the Friends of Mesnes Park.
Friends of Mesnes Park
The Friends of Mesnes Park are a group of dedicated volunteers who have worked hard to conserve and improve the park. If you would like to get involved, the Friends would love to hear from you. They're looking for regular volunteers to help with the upkeep of the park.
How to find us
Mesnes Park Terrace, Wigan, WN1 1TU.