The Friends of Thanckes Park was constituted in Spring 2010 with the aim of furthering the social,
economic and environmental public benefit of the park; and to support the owners of Thanckes Park
(Cornwall Council) in the renovation, development and maintenance of the park, as an amenity for local
people and to stimulate interest in its historic and heritage value, through a variety of events and
The efforts of the Friends are coordinated by the Management Committee,
which meets on the fourth Wednesday of most months in the Torpoint Council Chambers. This venue
is provided rent-free by Torpoint Town Council, a kind gesture for which Torpoint Town Council have our
About the Park
Thanckes Park is situated on the outskirts of the Torpoint old town.
It slopes down from the A374 to the foreshore at Thanckes Lake with Thanckes RN fuel depot to the North and the
southern side being bordered by housing and allottments. Within the park are the local bowling and tennis clubs,
a children's swing park, a skateboarding venu, and open areas popular with dog-walkers. There is also a tranquil,
walled garden, called the Benodet Friendship Garden, that was opened in September 2009. This has a roofed stage
with provision for lighting and amplification. The garden also has a bar/kiosk this is usually open during events
held in the garden. Further towards the foreshore is the remains of the old quarry that once provided roofing
slate for the area.
New Events Calendar
We have a new Events Calendar that you can find on our Events Page. If you
have a smartphone, tablet, or other small-screen device, you can open the calendar full screen by
going to this page. We want to make this
feature as useful as we can to the community, and so we're happy to include all events in the Rame
Peninsula. If you have an event that you'd like to see included, please email details to
or (for events in the park) post details
of your event to our forum.
Top Field for Sale?
When we started campaigning to have Thanckes Park included in the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge,
we thought that the top field would be included in the area to be protected. At the start of voting,
Cornwall Council even showed a picture of the top field in our entry on the QE2 Fields website.
However, it soon became apparent that was in error and that there are plans to sell the top field
for either a supermarket or for housing.
Cornwall Council asked whether the Friends of Thanckes Park supported these proposals. We felt that
we should ask the community for their opinion and represent the majority view. We canvassed by way of
a questionnaire and via the forum. Of those who responded, 90.4% said to leave the top field as a green,
recreational space, 3.4% said to build a supermarket, 2.7% said to build housing, 1.4% said to build
either a supermarket or housing, and 2.1% said they had no opinion. The Friends of Thanckes Park have
made these results available to Cornwall Council and put forward the public opinion to retain the top
field as a green, recreational space.