Rock Park


Rock Park was left in perpetuity as a Charitable Trust to the Mayor and Aldermen of Barnstaple Corporation, their heirs and successors, by William Rock.  

Today, the Park is owned by Barnstaple Town Council and managed by the Rock Park Trust Management Committee.

The Park was gifted for community use, and information on applications for use or hire of the park are linked below.

Rock Park Licence Information

Conditions of Use or Hire of Rock Park

Rock Park Area Map

Rock Park Application Form

Please print the application form and fill in.
(forms cannot be completed online)

also available

Poilcy information for Holding a Small Fun Fair in Rock Park

Agreement form for holding a Small Fun Fair in Rock Park

Terms and Conditions of Hire of Rock Park for Circus

Agreement form for a Circus in Rock Park

The Rock Park Trust Policy for Tree or Bench Memorials in Rock Park
- terms and conditions and agreement form.  

Return the application form to:-
The Town Clerk, Barnstaple Town Council,
Barum House, The Square, Barnstaple, Devon. EX32 8LS
Tel  No: 01271 373311

Rock Park Trust

Rock Park Barnstaple

Rock Park Events

Saturday Mornings
9.00am - 10.00am 


New Outdoor Gym for Rock Park

Rock Park Outdoor Gym

The new outdoor gym equipment has been installed at Rock Park by Mant Leisure, courtesy of a grant from Lottery’s “Awards for All” and funding from the Rock Park Trust.

The range of equipment includes a rowing machine, sit up bench, ski machine, step up, twist trainer, seated cycle and a lat pull down.  Instructions on usage are given on each piece of equipment and the gym is already proving very popular.

The equipment is free to use so take a trip over to the park and try it out!

Outdoor Gym sponsors

Tea in the Park


Rock park Kiosk

Visitors can take a break in the delightful surroundings of Rock Park. The kiosk, next to the children’s play area, serves refreshments including hot and cold drinks, ice creams, snacks, cakes and baguettes.

Previous News Items


New Contractors – ISS Facilities Landscaping

Improvements for Rock Park Toilets

Rock Park New Safety Fence for Play Area

New Surface for Park Basketball

Basketball Hoop in the Park

Rock Park Lodge


Rock Park in Barnstaple

Rock Park - a Short History


Bestowed by Victorian benefactor William Rock this expansive pleasure park was opened with great public celebration. The grand obelisk at its entrance honours the opening in August of 1879. Ruined cottages, a factory and yard and an old limekiln were demolished in order to make way for the park and the ‘wide and noisome beach and water courses’ as they were at the time described, were tidied and drained.

William Rock

William Rock (from the Museum of North Devon collection) Obelisk at Park Entrance 

Sited in the Park is also the town’s war memorial and a Millennium Stone dating from 1930. This was the year that the town celebrated a 1000 years as a borough on the basis of an alleged Charter from King Athelstan in 930. As part of those celebrations swimming baths and a boating lake were constructed within the park, but, sadly, neither exist today.

(Excerpt from the Barnstaple Heritage Trail)


Rock Park Swimming Pool

Rock Park Swimming Pool 1930  (from the Museum of North Devon collection)

Rock Park Boating Lake

Rock Park Boating Pool 1930 (from the Museum of North Devon collection) 


Rock park view

View from the War Memorial

Iron Bridge at Rock Park

Old Iron Railway Bridge, now a footpath, Rock Park.


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