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Sport on parks

We provide a programme of outdoor recreational activities in parks, playing fields and open spaces throughout Leicester.

We have four grass cricket wickets and nine artificial wickets for both junior and senior play. Subject to availability, wickets are prepared from mid-April to mid-September at nine different parks and open spaces. Three-hour slots are available for casual bookings.

  • Aylestone Playing Fields – one artificial wicket
  • Evington Park – two artificial wickets
  • Humberstone Park - one artificial wicket
  • Knighton Park - one artificial wicket
  • Rushey Fields - one artificial wicket
  • Spinney Hill Park - one artificial wicket (recreational use only)
  • Victoria Park  - one artificial wicket
  • Welford Road Playing Fields - one artificial wicket
  • Western Park  - four grass wickets.

Cricket tournaments need to be booked as an event. For more information, please see the link below:

Tennis courts are available to book across the city through ClubSpark.

The 10 locations are:

  • Abbey Park – five courts
  • Aylestone Playing Fields – two courts
  • Aylestone Hall Gardens – two courts
  • Evington Park – six courts
  • Humberstone Park – four courts
  • Knighton Park – two courts
  • Monks Rest Gardens – five courts
  • Mowmacre Sports Ground – three courts
  • Rushey Fields – four courts
  • Victoria Park – four courts (floodlit)
  • Western Park – six courts

There are opportunities to play in competitions and leagues, as well as casual play if you only want to enjoy a game or two with friends and family. There’s access to tennis coaching for both juniors and seniors of all abilities. There’s no dress code or joining fee.

If you are interested in playing competitive tennis on our parks, please visit

There are a total 60 football pitches on our parks. Football pitches are prepared from September to mid-April at several parks and open spaces. All games must be booked in advanced through the office giving at least seven days’ notice.

Further information about local leagues can be found on the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA website.

There are 10 bowling greens throughout the city, all of which have their own individually clubs, catering for men's, women's and mixed games. Situated in eight of the city's parks.

  • Abbey Park - Abbey Park Mixed Club
  • Aylestone Hall Gardens – Aylestone Hall Gardens Mens and Aylestone Hall Gardens Ladies Bowls club
  • Evington Park - Evington Park mixed club
  • Humberstone Park - Humberstone Park Mixed and Humberstone Park Ladies Bowls club
  • Monks Rest Gardens – Old Humberstone Mixed Bowls
  • Rushey Fields - Rushey Mead Mixed Bowls club
  • Spinney Hill Park – Spinney HilleMixed Bowls club
  • Western Park - Western Park Men's and Western Park Ladies Bowls club

The season runs from April to October. New members are welcome. Full tuition and introductory courses are organised by the club through the season.

Leicester Croquet club play at Monk’s Rest Gardens running from April to October.

For more information, please visit the Leicester Croquet Club website.

Leicester Pétanque club play at Western Park on Thursdays and Saturdays.

We have a diamond located at Western Park, outlining the facilities and location at Western Park. To make it look available to potential new clubs.

It is available for hire, this is located by the entrance on Parkview. Toilets and changing room facilities available on site.

A range of organised fitness programmes are available in Leicester parks including Park Run at Victoria Park and at Braunstone Park, Aylestone junior park-run, Kids run free at Knighton Park and at Braunstone Park.

If you wish to deliver your own fitness sessions, you can also hire our parks and open spaces for outdoor fitness. Please contact our Sport on Parks office for further details and qualifying criteria at

See our section on Fitness on parks.

Orienteering is available across several parks in the city Braunstone, Western, Evington, Knighton, Watermead and Abbey Park.

If interested, please contact Leicester orienteering:

Outdoor table tennis tables are permanently installed at seven parks across Leicester:


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