History

Orangery Cafe at Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park is an important part of Derby history, which was sold to the Mundy family in 1516. The Mundy family gave Markeaton Park to Derby City Council in the early 20th Century. It's a popular and much loved park.

Markeaton Park Restoration Project

We received a £2.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for the Markeaton Park Restoration Project. The aim was to transform the important and much loved historic park so that it can continue to provide an attractive, welcoming and well used green space to be enjoyed by everyone.

The improvements that took place 

The grant we received went towards a number of improvements for the park, which were started in 2013.

  • Building restoration: the Craft Village, Orangery, stable courtyard and the gardens have all been improved and developed for the public to enjoy.
  • Mundy Play Centre: a new equipped play area and new footpaths were put in place for improved access to the park.
  • Main park: Markeaton Park saw new footpaths and cycle routes put down, and the main drive resurfaced, along with restoration of the pleasure gardens and construction of new sports courts.
  • Activities and events: the funding has allowed larger, one-off projects to take place alongside the regular activities available, such as archealogical digs, community art projects and volunteer environmental projects.