Boating at Thompson Park

The three-acre boating lake in Thompson Park is fed by water from the River Brun which meanders through the popular and beautiful Edwardian park, located close to the centre of Burnley, and recently restored with support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. There are attractions for all ages and abilities, car parking, toilets, and a cafe. Thompson Park is listed as a Grade II public park and has also been awarded the Green Flag Award for its high standards.

Rowing a boat on the lake

Thompson Park boats

Boats are available for hire between Easter and September on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and every day during local school holidays and bank holidays. The first boat is at 11am, the last is at 5.20 pm. We have Row boats for up to 6 people and Canadian canoes for three people. 

Boat hire price  

  • Small rowboat (4 people) & Large rowboat (5 people) – £8
  • Boat hire is for 25 minutes.
  • Canadian canoes £6 (3 people)
  • Kayaks £4 (Subject to instructor availability)

Boat hire- opening times


The first boat is at 11am, the last is at 5.20 pm. In the event of severe weather or weather warnings there is a chance a boathouse will not open or close early. Please check our Facebook page for updates.

How to hire a boat

Boats are not able to be booked in advance, simply turn up on the day and you will be allocated a time slot should a boat not be immediately available.

Hirer information 

Row boats and Canadian canoes

The Lead Hirer must be aged 18 or above (there must be an adult aged 18 or over on all rowing boats and Canadian Canoes).

Private hire

Private bookings are available out of our normal opening ours subject to availability on weekend mornings between 9am-11am and weekday evenings between 5:30pm -8pm. We can cater for large groups and a host a wide range on activities. To discuss our options and prices please email Ben Heap on 

Stand up Paddle boarding

Working in partnership with SUP Burnley, we can offer SUP taster sessions on the lake. These sessions will run when the boat hire is closed, often on Saturday/Sunday Mornings and midweek after 6pm.  For further information on SUP taster sessions please contact

no dogs allowed in the park
no alchohol allowed in the park
no dogs barbecues in the park

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