Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham

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Croydon Road Recreation Ground is a public park located in Beckenham in the London Borough of Bromley. It is near the High St and adjacent to Beckenham Beacon. The park features a café and bandstand, as well as a bowling green and other sports facilities. The park was laid out by the Sydenham firm Reid and Bornemann in 1890 and was formally opened on 23 September 1891.

The UK's first manned airmail flight left from here in 1902, travelling to Calais by hot air balloon The event was held to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII. The crew were A E Gaudron, a French balloonist and Dr. Barton, a local medical practitioner. Mail was dropped at three points in Kent before the balloon itself then crossed the Channel before landing near Calais.
On 16 August 1969, David Bowie helped organise and played at the Growth Summer Festival a one-day festival that played from the bandstand in the park. Now known as the Bowie Bandstand, it was built by the McCallum and Hope Iron Foundry of Glasgow and erected in 1905. It was listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England in 2019 as a "rare and substantial example of cast-iron work" by the McCallum and Hope Iron Foundry, and for its association with Bowie. On 15 September 2013, the park hosted a "Memory of a Free Festival" event, commemorating the 1969 festival.
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  • Lovely local park with a fenced playground for the kids. Splash pool available in hot weather. A lot of green open space and tennis courts. Great for kids to run around and ride the bikes/scooters.  more »
  • We went here for a open festival for David Bowie by the bandstand. whilst there we went around the park area, lots of lovely things for the kids to play on and a lovely paddling area for them to play....  more »
  • Lovely wide open spaces, and well maintained grass areas. Paddling pool is a huge bonus on hot days. Great fr football practice, learning to ride a bike (plenty of flat footpaths), and scooter paths.A multi use park with tennis courts bowls club childrens play park as well as nice walking paths.Well kept grounds.
  • Love this park! Its always so clean and beautifully kept. The children's play area has lots of equipment to keep little kids busy especially the outdoor paddling area. Has tennis courts, a basketball court and a little shop you can buy ice cream, drinks etc. Always lots of events going on.

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