Victoria Park Portsmouth

People and the park

The people’s park

Restoring the people’s park

When the park was first planned in the 1870s, it was known as the ‘People’s Park’. However, as the park’s opening coincided with the Queen’s birthday it was renamed in her honour and became Victoria Park.

Like the first park planners we want to make sure the park is open and welcoming to all. We want to make sure the park feels like a safe and inclusive place where people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and needs can use the park and get involved.

We will deliver a programme of activities that excite and educate visitors, supported by an ‘interpretation plan’ which will use modern and traditional methods to tell the stories of the objects, animals, landscape and social history of the People’s Park.

Did you know?

Approximately 500,000 use the park each year. We aim to increase this by 100,000 visitors through a range of events, activities, improved infrastructure, volunteering and learning opportunities while continuing to provide a calm and peaceful place for everyone to enjoy the park’s natural environment.

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The people’s park

Buildings and facilities

We want to improve the facilities within the park so that more people have access to the park, feel safe here and are able to use it all year round. Popular ideas include:

  • A new community hub – a multi-use space for learning, community groups, volunteering, arts projects and more
  • Improved children’s play facilities with picnic benches nearby
  • Places to rest for people with limited mobility
  • Sheltered space for informal groups and meetings
  • Public toilets
  • Improvements to the aviary
  • Cycle stands
  • Recycling bins

We know that many people would like the historic monuments within the park to be well maintained and for their history and significance to be explained. An interpretation plan will help us tell the story of the park using modern and traditional methods.


Events and activities

We want to encourage more people to use the park, especially groups that haven’t traditionally visited. We’ve been speaking to hundreds of local residents and community groups about what type of events and activities would bring them to the park.

Local priorities based on consultation are:

  • Cultural events such as an open-air cinema, theatre and musical events
  • Regular community events like green fairs and craft markets
  • Organised activities like games, workshops and skills classes
  • Gardening and other community-led projects
  • Events for people who would like to volunteer in the park

The people’s park

Health and wellbeing

Open space in our crowded city is so valuable and we want Victoria Park to be a place where people can boost their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Many individuals and groups already use the park in this way but we want to encourage more of this by:

  • Encouraging people to use the park for physical activity and exercise, everything from from tai-chi and yoga to personal training, junior park-runs and community gardening
  • Supporting good mental health and helping to reduce social isolation by providing quiet spaces, schemes like ‘talking benches’, as well as opportunities for volunteering, training and employment
  • Improving people’s connection to others with opportunities to get involved in community activities.

Nature is good for your health!

Research shows that being in green open spaces make us happier, healthier, more productive
and nicer!

The People's Park

Map of the park


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    Adventure Playground

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    Rose Garden

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    Woodland Area

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    Nearest Bus Stops

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    Nearest Train Station