Accessible at all times
Haverhill Recreation Ground is in the centre of the town. It is home to many community events, including the Haverhill Show, and houses a bandstand and children’s play area.
The site was once an orchard and fields before it was bequeathed in 1897 to the town of Haverhill by the Gurteen family in remembrance of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. After three years landscaping the area, the Recreation Ground became open to the public. It had 249 lime trees, a fountain and benches installed, as well as a bandstand.
A new bandstand was created 100 years later as part of the millennium celebrations. Today the avenue planting of trees stand in mature splendour and the grounds remain free to the public, as originally intended by Alderman William Gurteen.
There is a circular route around the site. There are no dedicated cycle routes, but cyclists can use the existing routes used by walkers. The two main routes across the site and to the play area are tarmac and can be used by wheelchair users.
Bus numbers 13 and 13A stop 100 metres from the park and run regularly into the town centre. There is also the number 18 bus that stops nearby.
Telephone: 01284 757088
Trees and shrubs