King's Park, located in the heart of the historic market town of Retford, North Nottinghamshire, covers an area of 10 hectares and is divided by the River Idle into two distinct parts.
The formal area of the park off Chancery Lane was opened in 1938, following public support and donations to provide a park within the town. On this formal side of the park, visitors will find a landscape of colourful and attractive seasonal flower displays, an herbaceous border, well maintained lawns with specimen trees, a renovated rock and water garden, tennis courts, bowling green and pavilion. A rose garden with an educational sundial feature can be found within this area and also, the re-landscaped Community Garden area behind Goodwin Hall.
The informal area of the park to the west of the river was opened in 1960, as an extension to the original park. This area accommodates a children's play area with the hugely popular pirate themed water splash park and performance area, wildlife garden, skateboard park with a multi-use ball court, large open green spaces surrounded by mature trees and a woodland area.
The park hosts many locally organised events and activities throughout the year. The Performance Area, in its own amphitheatre setting, is popular for staging events from performing arts to live music.
Kings Park received national recognition in 2007 as Britain's Best Park in the Midlands region and consolidated its public appeal by being voted the UK’s fifth favourite park in the 2014 People’s Choice vote.