Swinfen Broun Trail
Families are invited to follow a brass rubbing trail to discover BeaconPark and Minster Pool’s fascinating history.
As part of Lichfield Historic Parks project, Lichfield District Council is proud to launch the Swinfen Broun Trail. The trail leads children and their families through Beacon Park and across to Minster Pool, following a map to find eight brass rubbings, and solving missions and challenges along the way.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, the trail features a cartoon figure of Colonel Swinfen Broun, who gifted 12 acres of land to extend BeaconPark towards the end of his life in 1943.
The Colonel sets eight challenges throughout the trail, including a wordsearch, anagrams, finding crowns and a castle turret on Martyrs’ Plaque, and spotting a selection of animals on the fountain in MuseumGardens.
The eight brass plaques for the brass rubbings have been created to explain the history of BeaconPark and Minster Pool. This includes finding out where Beacon Place’s underground ice house was, discovering the origins of Martyrs’ Plaque in the park’s HerbaceousGarden, and learning about the pilgrims who crossed a much larger Minster Pool by ferry in the olden days to get to the cathedral.
Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communications & Tourism, said: “The Swinfen Broun Trail is full of child-friendly facts, missions and brass rubbings, and is a great way for children and their families to find out more about the heritage of Lichfield Historic Parks.”
The Swinfen Broun Trail is available to buy for 50p from BeaconPark‘s Ranger Station, which is next to the crazy golf course.
BeaconPark boules and table tennis
Even more facilities offered at BeaconPark thanks to Lottery funding.
A new boules court and an all-weather table tennis table have been launched at BeaconPark this September.
The new facilities have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, as part of Lichfield Historic Parks project.
Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communications & Tourism, said: “Boules is such an enjoyable outdoor game and can be fun for all ages, so it’s wonderful to see the new court open for play. I am also pleased that visitors can now play table tennis, which means there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy at BeaconPark.”
The boules court is to the left of Lakeside Bistro in BeaconPark and does not need to be booked. Anyone can play on the court with their own boules, or equipment can be hired for £2 (plus a £5 deposit) from the Ranger Station, next to the crazy golf course.
The new table tennis table is to the right of the crazy golf course. Bats and balls can be hired from the Ranger Station for £2 (plus a £2 deposit).
For more information please call Lichfield District Councils parks team on 01543 308867.