Central Park, Haworth

  • Rawdon Road, Keighley, BD22 8QE
  • Open 24 hours a day, all year round
  • Bowling green
  • Children's play area
  • Public sculpture
  • Tennis court

Central Park, Haworth, United Kingdom

Quick description

At the heart of Haworth village, the park attracts visitors to the play area and bowls, but it’s most renowned for its beautiful flower gardens 

What’s there?

Central Park, Haworth, is English Heritage Grade 2 Listed, and since 2006 it has carried the esteemed Green Flag status, which recognises high-quality green spaces across England and Wales.

Its beautiful flower gardens are enjoyed by visitors, who can relax on the grass, enjoy the views and escape from the hustle and bustle of Haworth Main Street.

Memory Garden

The memory garden, consisting of pillars and flower beds, was constructed by Keighley Technical College students. The centrepiece of the garden is a stainless-steel structure created by local artist Craig Dyson called “The Meet.” The design for the structure represents a bird’s wing, and visitors are invited to attach a padlock in memory of their loved ones. Beyond the pillars at the entrance is a stainless-steel arch, which guides people to a quiet spot for contemplation.   


The Lord Mayor of Bradford officially opened the new structure in June 2014. Unique in its design, the bandstand is at ground level to accommodate a range of uses.  


Central Park in Haworth opened in 1927, which is marked by a stone plaque at the west entrance. At first, the park did not include facilities for organised games. Then on 12th May 1937, a tablet was erected to commemorate the opening of the Bowling Green and Pavilion on the Coronation Day of their Majesties King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth. 

Natural history

The wildlife that can be found at Central Park, Haworth include badgers, foxes, squirrels, rabbits, bats, owls, woodpeckers, pheasants, and a variety of other bird species. There are also many species of butterflies, moths, and other insects to be found in the park. 


Friends Group  

Visit the Friends of Bradford District Parks page to find out more about the Friends of Central Park, Haworth. 

Accreditation and awards

What’s on

Visit the things to do area for details of all events.   

Village events  

The park plays host to many events happening in the picturesque village of Haworth. This includes children’s activities, music concerts, dancers, poetry readings, discos, and birthday parties. It also plays a central role in landmark events such as the annual 1940s weekend, summer markers, and the Christmas festival.   

Bowling Club 

The Haworth Bowling Club has a vibrant history. The club was formed in 1932 but was located on Spring Head Road. In May 1937, the green was relocated to its prime location within Central Park – Haworth.  

Members play a form of Lawn Bowls called Crown Green Bowls. The club’s main aim, then and now, is to provide social and sporting recreation. 

Friends of Central Park 

The Friends of Central Park group organise various events throughout the year, which are regularly posted on the Friends Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/352317278213949   

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