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Harlow Town Park

Harlow Town Park, designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe, covers 164 acres and is a great place to visit in any season.


Since the 1960's the outdoor bandstand has provided public entertainment including jazz, pop and rock concerts. During the summer come and enjoy the live music events, take a splash in the local paddling pool and cool down with refreshments from Spurriers Café. Fun annual events include the fireworks display.


Children can take advantage of the skateboard area, visit the adventure playground to burn off that summer holiday energy or visit Pets Corner which is a small friendly open farm.


With a number of attractions for all the family, Harlow Town Park is the ideal place for adults and children to take leisurely strolls, experience the natural wildlife and relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.


Harlow Council has received a grant of £1.83m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) which will pave the way for the £2.8m restoration of Harlow Town Park.


This will help fund the following improvements to restore and renew Harlow Town Park

  • Conservation of Spurriers House including turning the ground floor into a new café.

  • Improvements and repairs to Pets' Corner including a new covered events shelter and a stand-alone education centre.

  • Improvements and upgrades to the Bandstand.

  • Restoration and conservation of the park's Water Gardens.

  • Renewed and new pathways, seating, viewing points and improved signage across the park.

  • Horticultural improvements and restoration of various garden and wooded areas across the park


Part of the funding also goes towards the creation of an Education & Training Officer for the park, who started in the post in June 2014. This 5 year post aims to:

  • Improve educational opportunities within the park- existing groups visit Pets Corner but do not visit and explore the rest of the park. With the creation of the new Education Centre educational opportunities for all sections of society, from school to adult age groups will be enhanced;

  • Improve the volunteering opportunities within the park- Pets Corner have a good number of volunteers assisting with the running of the park. The new officer will offer volunteering across the park, concentrating on horticultural and gardening opportunities.


Work will shortly commence on the project, and further updates will be provided on this website. The park will remain open during the construction works, with possibly only a few paths closed temporarily for improvements work. Progress on the project and any temporary closures of paths will be advertised on the Town Park website and on site. For further information please contact Education & Volunteer officer on 01279 446834 or .



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