A perfect park in central Bangor. An ideal spot to enjoy the local wildlife and feed the ducks
Summer sundays, bandstand, memorial, playpark, playground, ducks, feed the ducks, tennis, bowls, parkrun, run, Snow Patrol
Ward Park covers an area of 37 acres and among its attractions are a children's playground, all weather hockey pitches, cricket pitch, bowling greens, putting green and tennis courts. Facilites must be booked via Bangor Sportsplex.
It also has a chain of small lakes providing wildfowl sanctuary with many interesting specimens and dry pens containing a large variety of exotic birds.
Free live music events take place annually at the Ward Park Bandstand every Sunday 3-5pm in July and August. For more information on what's ahead for the 2020 programme, read more.
Ward Park was put on the world map when it became stage to local formed band Snow Patrol back when they performed to thousands on home soil 2007. Find out more about Ward Park as a concert venue.
Ward Park also hosts the weekly Bangor Parkrun, more info.
Great Wars Trail
A public air raid shelter still stands in Ward Park, a reminder of one of the raids on the town. Nearby Bangor Golf Club has a print of James Beadle’s historic painting of the attack at the Battle of the Somme by the 36th (Ulster) Division on 1 July 1916; it was damaged by shrapnel from a German bomb dropped on the night of 15 April 1941 (the night of a major bombing raid on Belfast). A Second World War pill box can also be found on the course.
The park is also home to a gun from a First World War German U-boat (presented in honour of Barry Bingham VC)