Langold Country Park
Address: Church Street, Langold, S81 9NW
Opening Times: 9.00am to 8.00pm (or dusk)
Access: There are two main vehicular access points into the park with car parks off the A60 Doncaster Road and off the end of Church Street. For direct access to the lake and water splash park/children’s play area please use Church Street entrance.
Features and Facilities
Langold Country Park is located just 5 miles north of Worksop in the village of Langold. The site, which is owned and managed by Bassetlaw District Council, covers an area of 300 acres of parkland. Designated as a Local Nature Reserve, the park links into Dyscarr Wood the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) recognised as one of the best examples of a limestone ash-wych elm wood in Nottinghamshire. The park itself comprises of varies woodlands, wildlife and butterfly meadows, open grassed areas, a large fishing lake, play areas and much more for families and visitors to enjoy throughout the year.
- Fishing Lake
- Sea Scoundrel Children’s Water Play (splash park)*
- Junior and Toddler Play Equipment
- Traditional bandstand/performance area
- Skate park
- Football pitch (under 12’s)
- Wildlife and butterfly meadows
- Public conveniences
The park has a number of designated walks and footpaths, which will take you around the park and to the surrounding open spaces linking to public rights of way and bridleways.
Fishing at The Lake
This long established 15-acre fishing Lake is a popular venue for those seeking well stocked waters containing perch, roach, pike, carp, bream, tench and eels.
Day tickets can be purchased from the bailiff for dawn-dusk fishing, night time fishing is not permitted for non-season ticket holders.
Matches and competitions at the lake run between March and July. For further information please contact Paul Unwin on 07772 326258.
|Day Tickets||£4.50 Adults/£1.00 Children|
Sea Scoundrel Water Play
All aboard the super soaking Sea Scoundrel at Langold Country Park!
This exciting new sea themed splash pad, opened in 2015, offers a wide variety of water features over a 45 metre interactive play zone! With a pirate ship, jet sprays, boulders, splash slide and water table there is hours of free fun to be had!
The Splash Pool operates on a seasonal basis and will be open for daily use between 10:00am and 6:00pm from Friday 4th May through to Sunday 9th September. Please note that operating times may be subject to change at short-notice due to maintenance or adverse weather conditions.
The junior and toddler play areas adjacent to the splash pool provide more stimulating and challenging integrated play in the form of a zip wire, basket swings, climbing frame and much more.
There is a café off the Doncaster Road entrance where a full menu is available. At the Church Street entrance there is a kiosk, which offers a range of hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams.
The Bandstand/Performance Area
The traditional-styled bandstand/performance area is always a popular location to a wide variety of events and activities throughout the year. From brass bands to rock and pop it's a firm favourite for all.
The Skate Park
The recently upgraded skate park, located to the Sidings area of the site, has proved an instant attraction with youngsters wanting to demonstrate their jumps and twists on the ramps.
Also to be found in this area is the newly constructed under-12's football pitch for formal or informal use.
The Friends of Langold Country Park
The Friends of Langold Country Park arrange and assist with a number of events including the popular Annual Langold Gala. All the proceeds being reinvested for the benefit of the Park. The group meet once a month and welcome new members.
Bassetlaw District Council encourages community involvement within Langold Country Park and stages a variety of activities throughout the year from bulb planting and litter picking to assisting with events in the park. If you are an individual or group would like to volunteer then please contact the Parks & Open Spaces Team through the Enquiry Form.
Activities and events at Langold Country Park during 2017
The Park has become a popular venue to host many events, activities and fund-raising initiatives throughout the year.
For a full list of activities planned for 2018 please see the Council's Events Diary.
Individuals or groups interesting in using the park for an event or activity can submit a request to the Parks and Open Spaces Team by completing the 'Host an Event' form which can be found on this web-page.
'Clean for the Queen' Community Litter Pick
Volunteers braved the cold and rain to collect a fantastic total of 19 bags from around the Park in 2016 as part of Tidy Britian's 'Clean for the Queen' campaign. Well done and thank you to everyone that took part in the clean up!
A Brief History of Langold Country Park
The lake has a history going back over 200 years. It was originally constructed amongst woodland in the area.
The landscape much of which was designed by Ralph Knight of Langold Hall in the 1750s associated with the former Langold Hall. Ralph Knight was responsible for much of the planting and also created a series of lakes and ponds. His grandson Henry Knight made alterations in 1818 including the conversion of the existing lakes and ponds into two inter-connected man-made lakes to form part of a formal landscape with the intention to build a large house but it was never constructed. By the 1890’s a weir with a single arch bridge with boathouse underneath had been constructed. The 19th century boat house still exists today.
During the 1920s the area was developed for mining with the former Firbeck Colliery site located to the east of the park. The Firbeck Colliery Company purchased the land in July 1927 and became a leisure facility for the Langold miners principally for fishing. In 1946 the coal mining industry was nationalised and the National Coal Board expanded the leisure facilities in the park.
A Colliery Sports Club was formed with a subscription of 2d (about 1p now), stopped from the men's wages. A children’s swimming pool (lido) and bandstand added (repaired in 2012) as a recreational park.
In 1968 the mine closed and the park was taken over by the local authority. Mining equipment was removed to make way for a children's playground and refreshment facilities. The dam and bank at the east end of the lake were rebuilt c1975. The Lido was removed in 2013 and new play facilities added in 2014.
The first Langold Gala was held in 1929 with accounts claiming that 10,000 visited the Park.
The Park came particularly well known and popular for its swimming. The British Long Distance Swimming Association Championship were traditionally held at the Lake. There were children's events in the bathing pool and demonstrations by the country’s top swimmers, also synchronised life-saving displays and comedy items by Swimming Club members. Spectacular stunts included explosions, when the Colliery agent dive-bombed the cadet field, narrowly missing bell tents. Other stunts included a submarine explosion, trapeze artist, ‘The Great Alganso’ a tight rope walker, as well as Jack Revel, known as Mr Langold Lake who was renowned for his dare devil dive from the 35 foot diving board into a patch of burning petrol- performed until 1978.
There were rowing boats at the Lake for a number of years. One custom was the annual Christmas day swim when a number of ‘hardy’ villagers would take the plunge, even if they had to break the ice.
The Annual Langold Gala continues to run successfully to this present day under the management of the Friends of the park.