Derby Parks COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Parks social distancing

Fri 22 May 2020

Plan ahead to enjoy Derby’s parks

With fine weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend, the team at Derby Parks are urging people to plan ahead if they’re planning to visit the city’s parks or open spaces this weekend.

While Government guidelines have been relaxed to allow park users to spend more time outdoors, including enjoying a picnic or sunbathing, some park facilities remain closed to keep visitors and staff safe.

This includes outdoor gyms and children’s play areas, Markeaton Park Paddling Pool and Chaddesden Park Water Play. These will stay closed until Government guidance changes, and we can ensure that children can use them safely. Before it can re-open, the paddling pool will have to undergo the usual cleaning, maintenance and water quality testing which happens every year.

Visitors are asked to use the car parks, which are open. Park toilets remain closed.

Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “Our parks and open spaces are wonderful and relaxing places to visit, but I would urge visitors to bear in mind that not all of our park facilities are able to re-open and to plan for this. Please remember to practise social distancing at all times.”

Visitors are also able to meet up with one person from outside their home, as long as they stay at least two metres away from them. For more information about the latest guidance go to

Please help us keep our parks tidy by taking all your litter home with you. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. By using our parks and open spaces with consideration we can enjoy the full benefits of being outdoors.

Wed 20 May

Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming on any lakes and water courses on Derby’s parks and green spaces is not allowed.

Please stay safe! 

New guidelines for enjoying parks

Wed 13 May

Following the Government’s change in guidance, visitors will be able to make more use of Derby’s parks and open spaces from Wednesday 13 May. The Derby Parks team are asking all park users to be considerate and continue to use social distancing to keep themselves and each other safe.

You can now spend time outdoors, for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking or sunbathing, as well as using the parks for exercise as much as you wish. What else is new is that you can meet one other person from a different household in one of our parks or open spaces, as long as you keep at least two metres away from them.

To accommodate the new guidance, we are making the following changes from tomorrow:

  • Our outdoor sports courts and facilities such as tennis courts, multi-use games areas (for playing games such as basketball) and sports walls will be open. Please use them with members of your own household, or with one other person while staying two metres apart. More information about our tennis courts is in our advice about specific facilities below.
  • We are re-opening our car parks that were closed during lockdown, including Alvaston Park, Allestree Park, King George V Playing Fields, Markeaton Park, Osmaston Park, Pit Close Recreation Ground and Sinfin Moor Park LNR. All others remain open.
  • All angling on Derby’s parks is managed by the Earl of Harrington’s Fishing Club, who have put guidelines in place for it to resume.  The guidelines include the requirement for anglers, as is the case with all park users, to practise social distancing.

However the following restrictions will continue to apply until further notice to ensure that we all follow the measures needed to keep ourselves and each other safe:

  • No team sports, unless you are only playing with members of your own household. The Steve Bloomer Artificial Turf Pitch at The Racecourse remains closed.
  • Park toilets will remain closed.
  • Play areas and outdoor gyms will remain closed.
  • Skate parks and BMX tracks will remain closed.
  • Cafes, kiosks and ice cream vans are not currently serving refreshments but this is being reviewed in line with Government advice.

Please help us keep our parks tidy by taking all your litter home with you. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. By using our parks and open spaces with consideration we can enjoy the full benefits of being outdoors.

Allestree Park Golf Course

Allestree Park Golf Course will re-open to players from Monday 25 May. While the course has been closed members of the golf maintenance team have been working in more critical roles for Derby City Council. Work can now start on getting the course ready for play again.

We will be taking bookings seven days in advance for bookings from 8am on Monday 18 May. Book online at Golf Now up to 7 days in advance.  Season ticket holders should call 01332 550616.

Unless they are from the same household, players will be required to remain at least two metres apart and measures will be put in place to help them do this. Players should arrive at the course no earlier than 15 minutes before their tee-off time and should use their own equipment. All tee-off times will be ten minutes apart and will be a maximum of two people. Full details will be provided at the time of booking.

The clubhouse and the toilets remain closed. Players are required to provide their own hand sanitiser.

All rounds of golf should be pre-booked and paid for in advance by calling the club directly. Tee times will be released seven days prior to playing the course, and will be split between season ticket holders/club members and Pay and Play customers.

Tennis courts

The Tennis courts are now open to book at Darley Park and Markeaton Parks.

This needs to be done through the clubspark system and the instructions are on the boards around the tennis courts, or visit Charges apply.

You may play tennis with a member of your household or one other person from a different household.

Players must not share equipment, or have any physical contact throughout. Social distancing rules need to be followed at all times.

When your game is over you need to leave the courts immediately and make the courts available to the next people who have booked.

Tennis courts are free to use at Alvaston Park and King George V Playing Fields. No booking is required.

Government Guidelines are being followed and changes may occur as we follow advice.

Previous updates

Sun 12 Apr 

Working with the Derbyshire Police and following a number of reports of people gathering at Osmaston Park and Sinfin Moor Park Local Nature Reserve, both the car parks to these two sites have now been closed.  The Parks remain open but please follow #SocialDistancing guidelines.

Thu 9 Apr

We have now been advised by Derbyshire Constabulary to close Allestree Park Woodlands Road car park due to reports of gatherings and taking advantage of the closed golf course. The park is still open but please follow #SocialDistancing guidelines.

The benches are taped off at Alvaston Park as well based on police advice.

Sat 4 Apr

‪We have now been advised by Derbyshire Constabulary to close off Markeaton Park car parks due to the high volume of cars witnessed today.‬

‪Markeaton Park is still open to serve the local community but please follow #SocialDistancing guidelines.

While the car parks are closed at Markeaton Park there is still disabled parking available off Markeaton Lane at the entrance on the corner by the Farm and Garden Centre. Anyone parking there will need to display their blue badge.

Wed 1 Apr

Derbyshire Police have advised Derby City Council to close the car parks at Pit Close Recreation Ground, Chellaston. The car park will be closed from 3pm today. 

Sat 28 Mar 2020

All still water lakes are closed to anglers so that includes the lakes at Allestree Park, Alvaston Park, Markeaton Park, Heatherton Pond and Mill Dam.  For further details, visit

Wed 25 Mar 2020

Derbyshire Police have advised Derby City Council to close the car parks at Allestree Park, Alvaston Park and King George V Playing Fields (Littleover/Blagreaves). At this point in time, other car parks on Derby City Parks remain open but this will be continuously reviewed. Other closures may follow, please keep up to date by following (social media links).

Please use local parks for your daily dose of the outdoors and follow social distancing guidelines.  

Stay safe.

Tue 24 Mar 2020

Following the Governments recent advice, our playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms are closed.

If you do choose to use a park, we ask that you follow the guidance given as follows:

  • Do not go to any crowed space.
  • Keep a safe distance of 2 meters apart and do not meet in groups, there should be no public gatherings of more than two people.
  • Follow guidance provided by NHS for Coronavirus and best practice for self-care techniques.

We also ask that you help us maintain our parks by taking litter home. 

Please stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

You can contact us by email at

Fri 20 Mar 2020

  • The cafe in Derby Arboretum Park will be closed from today. 
  • The Derby Walking festival, scheduled to be from Saturday 9 May to Sunday 17 May, is to be postponed. The date for the rearranged festival is yet to be confirmed and will be dependent on the situation over the next 12 weeks. We are anticipating that this will be in September however this will be determined by the above. Thank you to all the partners who have supported the Walking Festival. As and when we have any further updates, we will update this web page. 

Thu 19 Mar 2020

All the community centres leased from parks are closing down their general community use. Those with Early Years provision in them are still waiting for clarification from the DCC Early Years team as to whether they will be needed to remain open to provide childcare for essential workers.

Wed 18 Mar 2020

This is a difficult time for us all, but the welfare of our visitors and staff must always come first. Parks and Open Spaces are to remain open at this point in time because, as we all know, they are a valuable resource for people to gain exercise and benefits of being outside.

The cafés, public toilets, Park Managed buildings and ‘paid for activities’ at Mundy Play Centre, Markeaton Park are to close in response to the government’s latest advice concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic from and including Thursday 19 March 2020, for at least 30 days.

This means that The Orangery at Markeaton Park, Waterside Café at Alvaston Park, Chaddesden Community Café, Markeaton Park Kiosk, mini golf, bouncy castles, children's cars, canoes, pitch and putt, disc golf, and footgolf will be closed from and including Thursday 19 March 2020, for at least 30 days. 

Darley Park Tea Rooms and Normanton Park Café are privately operated, and we will provide you with updates as we receive them.

We advise all customers to follow guidance provided by NHS for Coronavirus and best practice for self-care techniques.

Please keep checking our news page where we will be providing further information. We will also be updating information on our social media platforms.  If you require to contact us please email or through the City Council’s website system

Please help us maintain parks at this difficult time and take your litter home. We would like to thank you all for your continued support,

Wishing you all the very best. Take care and stay safe!

Derby Parks Team

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