Centre Vale Park

Note: Dog Control Orders are now in force in Calderdale's parks.
Bowling greens

Centre Vale Park is located less than half-a-mile from Todmorden Town Centre. Famous for hosting popular regional outdoor events, like:

  • the National Crown Green Bowling Club Championships; and
  • the Todmorden Agricultural Show;

Centre Vale Park offers a unique outdoor environment, close to an urban centre.


Centre Vale Park boasts a variety of facilities and activities to suit a wide range of park users, including:

  • an all-weather 5-aside football (opened and managed by Todmorden Sports Centre);
  • bowling Greens (managed by bowling clubs onsite);
  • a play area;
  • a skate park;
  • a cycleway;
  • an outdoor gym;
  • football pitches (rented out to local clubs); and
  • an animal House / conservatory.

Conservatory / Animal House

The Conservatory and animal House is open seven days a week between 10am - 4pm. The facility is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Skate park

Play Area and Skate Park

The play area at Centre Vale Park offers a large variety of different play items for children to explore. This includes:

  • a zip wire;
  • a space net;
  • an inclusive climbing unit; and
  • a fully inclusive roundabout.

The Skate Park is located at the Southeast corner of the park and provides facilities for local skaters.

Outdoor Gym

In 2012, an outdoor gym suitable for a range of ages and abilities was installed. This is near the bowling green area.

Getting to the park

Location details


Centre Vale Park
Burnley Road
OL14 7BS

Centre Vale Park is located on the A646 Burnley Road, Northeast of Todmorden town centre, adjacent to the cricket ground.

A car park is situated off Ewood Lane, West-side of the park and adjacent to the Sports Centre.

Pedestrian access to the park, is by one of the six entrances surrounding the main park area. The town centre, bus and railway stations are a 5 minute walk away.

Play area

General Information

Centre Vale Park consists of 33 hectares of mature oak and beech woodland intersected by woodland walks and open parkland. The main body of the park landscape also includes:

  • formal memorial gardens;
  • an under 12s roadway; and
  • table tennis.

It is ideal for walking, sports and formal recreation, picnics and family outings. The public toilets are to the East of the park. The channelled River Calder runs along the North-eastern boundary of the park, adjacent to Burnley Road.

The Park has been used for public events since the first bowling greens were open in 1915. It now hosts the Agricultural Show, music events, the town carnival, the National Crown Green Bowling Club Championships and schools / educational events.

Centre Vale Park has achieved Green Flag Award . The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. The Safer Cleaner Greener Upper Valley Team and Friends of Centre Vale Park, work together to achieve this standard. They continue to improve the area for the benefit of all.

Centre Vale Park is home to 'Lucky', the dog. In 2011, the dog gained a reputation for bringing luck to anyone that touched it. Lucky was featured Channel 4's program hosted by TV Illusionist Derren Brown. People travel far and wide to pat 'Lucky' on the head, hoping to receive good luck. Lucky sits in Samuel Fielden's room, in the remains of the old Centre Vale Mansion, within the Park.

The Safer Cleaner Greener service work with The Friend's of Centre Vale Park and the young people within the park, to improve the historical features and recreational facilities. If you want to know more about the improvements, or wish to get involved, contact:

  • Username Safer Cleaner Greener
  • Email parks@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Address
    Safer Cleaner Greener Services
    Spring Hall Mansion
    Huddersfield Road
    HX3 0AQ


See also