Cliffe Castle park

Article dated Monday Oct 9, 2017 at 01:52 PM

Work to complete the Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment of Cliffe Castle park is now just weeks away with a Grand Re-opening date set for December 10.

With much of the major work complete, volunteers have been busy planting, and the Cactus Society has finished their new display incorporating donated specimens which are around 50 years old.

The park has also received a donation of a 120-year-old aspidistra which would have been growing locally when the original owner of Cliffe Castle, textile millionaire Henry Isaac Butterfield, was living there.

The £4.5 million restoration of the park, supported by National Lottery players, has been going on since July last year. Bradford Council successfully bid £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for the People programme.

It has seen the restoration of original buildings, features and statues of the park, which have all been brought back to their original Victorian splendour.

Park and Museum staff are planning a series of family events to mark the official grand re-opening and details will be released leading up to the event.

Before then, Cliffe Castle Museum and the park will play host to a Halloween Monster Dash, a family event inviting people to dress up and complete a 1km circuit around the spooked up estate grounds.

All those taking part in the event between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, 28 October, will be given a head torch at the start and presented with a Monster Dash medal when they finish.

Information about the Sue Ryder Manorlands charity event is available on

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “The restoration of the park is a huge boost for the area and we thank regular users for their patience and understanding during the massive transformation.

“Cliffe Castle has been one of the districts favourite destinations since it became a park and museum over 50 years ago.

“We all look forward to showing off the improvements and unveiling our spectacular new glasshouses on a day that celebrates the sites history and variety.

“It won’t be long now before it is all complete to provide an amazing museum and park surroundings to be enjoyed by the community and other visitors for many years to come.”

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