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Aireville Park

Aireville Park, a large open space with sporting facilities and play areas in the heart of Skipton.

Aireville Park dates back to the 1830s when it was created by Henry Allcock as part of the Aireville Estate. Upon his death, wealthy Skipton mill owners, the Dewhurst family, purchased the estate and Aireville Hall.

In 1945 the 171 acre estate passed into the hands of Skipton Urban Council for the grand sum of £15,000 and it was at this time that sporting facilities were included.

In 2007 Craven District Council was successful with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to produce a park Conservation Management plan but was not successful with a full HLF bid to implement this.

The Council then produced a revised Park Master plan (2013) that it is currently busy delivering with support and in partnership with Friends of Aireville Park.

Aireville Park is available for organisations to book open air (outdoor events). You will need to comply with certain licensing regulations; these are available by contacting Craven Leisure on (01756) 792805 or


The park boasts:

  • 14 hole Pitch and Putt course
  • Wheelpark for BMX, skateboards and rollerblades
  • Pump track for bicycles
  • Children's play areas
  • Multi Use Games Area, offering football, tennis, netball and basketball

Aireville Park is also the home of the annual Skipton Triathlon, the largest pool based triathlon in Yorkshire and Humberside.

And it hosts the weekly parkrun, every Saturday morning at 9am.

Park Plans

Craven District Council is working with the Friends of Aireville Park to improve the park’s facilities.

Newground landscape services were appointed in August 2016 by Craven District Council to produce designs for the new play area.

Over a period of months, we worked with Friends of Aireville Park and Newground to carry out an extensive community consultation period to shape and alter the design to ensure it reflected local needs and desires. CDC received 122 consultation responses, and NewGround and FoAP captured further thoughts and feeling during a public event at Craven Leisure. The result is a design for an inclusive 4500m2 play space that both inspires and provides challenge for a range of users from young children to older teenagers. Reflecting what people have said, they would like to have a full range of play equipment from Climb to Swing and Spin, to Natural Wood and Rock, to Water and Sand and a woodland play space feature in the design.

The Friends of Aireville Park and Craven District Council are now fundraising for the £200,000 scheme.

Businesses and residents can sponsor a bench, donate a tree for a loved one, or fund a piece of play equipment. Businesses can also choose to have a plaque or memorial tree charm and business logos on the sponsors’ board as a permanent recognition of the support. 

Please email to enquire about either donating or sponsoring the scheme.

Aireville Park play area plans