Jubilee Gardens was originally built to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and dates to 1937, when it was officially opened by Lord Stanley on 1 May to a gathering of huge crowds.
You would have then been able to enjoy a ride on the miniature railway, plus the boating lake and paddling pool, the crazy golf, pitch and putt, bowling greens and tennis courts, which existed until recent times but, in the case of the tennis courts, had long since become disused and made into a make-shift home for plywood skate ramps for teenagers to board on.
When Cleveleys sea defences were rebuilt, changes were made to Jubilee Gardens which included creating modern play facilities for children.
A new hard surface multi-use games court was created with high wire fencing to keep balls in check, along with a new, purpose built skate park, with a shelter for teenagers to gather in and do what teenagers do.
There’s also a playground for smaller children with all the usual swings and rides on a safe, specially designed surface to minimise accidents and hard landings and a gated fence around the edge so that children can play and be safe.
Jubilee Gardens is marked by an Obelisk that stands just off the promenade which is surrounded by hard standing and benches.
A path runs around the edge of the park, connecting the walk from the seafront to the housing beyond on Jubilee Drive, and the footpath shortcut to Manor Drive and Manor Beach Primary School. There are bins along the way to encourage dog walkers to clear up after their pets, as it’s an offence not to for which an on the spot fine can be issued.
There have long been bowling greens on Jubilee Gardens, and old photographs show people enjoying tournaments in days gone by. The Jubilee Gardens Bowling Club still has greens in the back left corner of the Gardens, and are a strong club where the members enjoy playing by the sea.
The tennis courts had fallen out of use when the sea defences were rebuilt at Cleveleys with work starting in October 2005.
Birse Civils were the contractors appointed to deliver the project on behalf of Wyre Council, and the hard standing of the tennis courts made an ideal site for the works compound during the project.
Later, in 2011, DONG Energy once again used the space as a compound, when they installed the cable in the beach at Cleveleys which connects the Walney Offshore Windfarm to land.
Now that the construction projects are completed, the area has been made into a long stay car park close to the beach and seafront and everything that it has to offer. The car park is designed so that it can also serve as a multi-purpose area for events that are held in the future on Jubilee Gardens.
Jubilee Gardens has been home to a number of events over the years. In days gone by, Majorette and Baton competitions were held there, and Lancashire Youth Service held events there during school holidays. Cleveleys Jubilee Day has used it for a base where a great evening jazz concert was held after a drizzly day in 2009, and on 4th July 2010 Cleveleys Sea Festival was held there – until it was suspended at lunch time for safety reasons, on what was one of the worst summer days you have ever seen with gales blowing and torrential rain.
If you want to enjoy a grassy field to walk on, or a game of football on a field instead of the sandy beach, then Jubilee Gardens is the spot to head to, right against the seafront and promenade at Cleveleys.
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