Photo: Vertigogen

This park of Edwardian origin is a work of landscaped art. Dramatically restored to its original Edwardian condition by 2000, Bellevue boasts a bandstand with shaded lime tree avenues leading to and from it. In similar fashion it has a period rockery and ornamental shrubberies, which really takes you back to the era of its conception.

The park has a vibrant history, having been designed to commemorate the Jubilee Year of Wrexham’s incorporation into Wales. During World War II the Park was used to produce food for local schools and was left almost derelict until the 1970s. The sensitive restoration of the Park to its former glory means that this history is really felt by those who frequent it.

As part of its recent enrichment Bellevue now has a huge selection of sporting facilities on offer from tennis courts and a bowling green to basketball courts and a children’s play area. It also has a bandstand, which is situated in its own amphitheatre. During the summer these brilliant resources are put to good use as the Park hosts music events and a Summer Activity Programme.

If the basketball courts and concerts aren’t enough, Bellevue is home to a measured 0.8km jogging and walking route. This is ideal for those who want to explore the Park with its statue of Queen Victoria and Edwardian era lampstands. And if you’re feeling energetic enough you can venture to Bellevue’s natural view point and gaze at Wrexham Town’s Parish Church and the rolling hills beyond.

Once you’ve been to this fascinating and beautiful place you won’t need convincing to go back. Bellevue Park has been awarded the Green Flag accreditation by the Civic Trust in recognition of its leisure facilities, stunning grounds and high degree of involvement from the community.

Bellevue Park, Wrexham, near Chester.

Please see website for opening times and activity details.