Recreation Ground

Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground CIO

Registered Charity no. 1185738

What is the Recreation Ground?

The village of Bamford in the High Peak has the largest sports ground in the Hope Valley area. Its size and position make it ideally placed to support the development of sports and other outdoor activities for the local community.

The Ground is about 11 acres; it has three sports pitches, and it also serves as the sports ground for the local primary school. It contains an extensive enclosed playground area that is well used by families on a daily basis.. Uniquely, it contains a highly significant area of ‘neutral unimproved grassland'. We replaced the play area fencing, which was wooden, with a more suitable and sustainable fencing at the end of 2021.

The Recreation Ground is owned by the Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground CIO, a charity with a Management Committee of Trustees.

Covid 19

The Play Area and the toilets closed on March 23rd 2020 as instructed by the Government. We were able to reopen the play area and the outside toilet in 2021.

The outside toilet is always closed down in the winter months due to the possiblity of burst pipes.

SPRING WORKING PARTY - SATURDAY, 9th APRIL 2022 - 10.00am to 1.00pm

A working party to get the play area ready for the summer.

Main Jobs

Topping up play bark under play elements

Giving tables and benches a good scrub

Cutting back the vegetation

VOLUNTEERS ARE VERY WELCOME - just turn up and lend a hand

Useful Links

The History of the Recreation Ground

Recreation Ground Environmental Policy

Recreation Ground Vulnerable Persons Policy

Recreation Ground Equal Opportunities Policy

Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground Terms & Conditions

Bamford with Thornhill Minimising Waste at Events

Bookings for the Recreation Ground

Bookings for the sports pitches, the pavilion or whole site bookings should be made through the Secretary and a charge will normally be levied.

Download the Booking Form

The Secretary can be contacted by email at

Outdoor activities in the Recreation Ground

School sports

Used as playing fields by Bamford Primary School, and the unimproved meadow provides opportunities for wildlife & ecology learning activities.


Bamford has 2 football clubs fielding 2 senior teams and 5 junior teams. Only Bakewell and Bamford in the Derwent Valley Leagues have 3 pitches, making it ideal for tournaments.


Bamford Recreation Ground has access to the only moving water with canoe rights in the Peak Park


There is an orienteering map of the ground which provides a safe environment for young children, where they can be both supervised and given the freedom to explore.

Family activities

The enclosed children's playground is well used by families on a daily basis.

The Trustees and Management Committee

A list of trustee can be found here, on the Charity Commission's website.

If you would like to join the Committee our only condition is that you have taken an active interest in helping maintain the Ground over the last twelve months. If you have an hour or two to spare every two months please contact our Secretary or any member of the Committee. We would be more than pleased to hear from you.

The Trustees meet in the Bamford Village Institute at 8.00 pm alternate 3rd Monday of every other month.