Higginson Park

Location

The park is the principal open space in Marlow, a classic example of a traditional urban park. It is located on the High Street and yet it also benefits from access to open countryside and a superb location on the River Thames.

There is car parking at Pound Lane, a turning off the High Street at the main gates to the park. Buses and trains run to the town centre from High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Reading. The railway station is a level five-minute walk away.

Sports facilities

The Leisure Centre in the park has a swimming pool, gym, tennis facilities and more. 

The park has a large children's playground and a skate park which is open all year. 

There is a cricket pitch on the western side, run by Marlow Park Cricket Club and plenty of space for larger events, such as circus tents and fairs.

Marlow Bowls Club is within the complex.

Please note: you may not use remote controlled vehicles (including drones) or metal detecting equipment on any Wycombe DC open space.

DescriptionCourt-Garden-and-Higginson-Park

The park area is 9.5 hectares (approximately 23 acres). It's been a public park since 1926, although as a garden it dates back to 1758. There are 1,000,000 park visits every year.

Higginson Park has indoor and outdoor catering, and public toilets. There are many fine trees and large expanses of lawn with formal flowerbeds and a brick in grass maze, created by Adrian Fisher to mark the Millennium.

The frontage on to the River Thames has mooring for pleasure craft and boating for hire, as well as river cruises to Windsor and Henley.

The Thames trail, with many millions of people living within a short distance of the river, is possibly the most well trodden path in Britain. It passes along the river path in the park.

There is an area of wetland on the western fringe of the park, protected for wildlife, which includes kingfishers and a variety of swans, ducks and other waterfowl.

We remind dog walkers that we provide red bins for the disposal of dog faeces. We appreciate your co-operation as it helps to keep our parks clean and safe for all.

Awards

In 2016 Higginson Park achieved the prestigious Green Flag for the thirteenth year running. The award recognises excellence in park management.

Events

The Marlow Town Regatta and Festival takes place every June, accompanied by a large fair. A French Market, Spring Regatta, Raft Race, church parades, fun runs and numerous fetes are held throughout the year.

Other features

A statue to Sir Steve Redgrave, the five gold medal winning Olympic rowing hero, stands proudly looking out to the river.

The park houses the Shelley Theatre.

Managing the park