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Becket's Park

Becket's Park is a traditional park along the banks of the River Nene, and forms a green gateway to the centre of Northampton. It's a great place for those based or working in the town centre to relax.




Bedford Road


There is a car park nearby at Midsummer Meadow on Bedford Road.

See a map and parking prices.

Buddies of Becket's

Buddies of Becket's, known as BOB, is the friends of the park group. BOB is made up of local volunteers who come together to improve the appearance, facilities, safety and conservation of Becket's Park and Midsummer Meadow.

Find out more on the Buddies of Becket's website.


  • 1164 - Thomas Becket drank from a well on the edge of the park - his trial took place in Northampton
  • 1460 - War of the Roses, Battle of Northampton in Delapre - this crossed the river into the park
  • 1590 - Milling on site - Nuns mill given to Delapre Abbey
  • 1612 - Flat racing on the site
  • 1783 - Construction of New Walk promenade
  • 1841 - Promenade extended - Victoria Promenade and down to river
  • Mid 1920s - Bowling green and tennis courts added
  • 1931 - Promenade improved as part of Festival of Britain
  • 1937 - Boat rides developed along river

How the park is managed

Becket's Park Management Committee works to manage the park and plan for its future.

To contact your local Park Management Committee, please email [email protected].

Last updated 11 May 2023