Selby Parks & Open Spaces

Selby Park pavilion

Selby Park is a gem in the crown of North Yorkshire's outdoor spaces. If you've not yet visited - you're missing out.

Features of Selby Park 

Selby Amphitheatre

Selby Amphitheatre and Waterfront Gardens was opened on 22nd August 2009 by Michael Dyson, Chairman of the Selby Renaissance Town Team.

The project was designed with the involvement of the Town Team, delivered by Selby District Council and Partners and funded by Yorkshire Forward.

The Amphitheatre and Waterfront Gardens are located adjacent to the Selby ‘toll’ bridge on Waterhill Lane, opposite Ousegate, providing a superb outdoor Amphitheatre and pleasant garden and seating area looking out to the River Ouse.

 This area is available to hire for a nominal hire fee. Contact details are listed below.

The Market Cross

The Selby Renaissance project led to the transformation of the Market Cross area outside the beautiful Selby Abbey.

This historic setting hosts the busy Selby Market. The hustle and bustle of market day has been a part of life in Selby since the 14th Century when the monks of Selby Abbey founded it.

Today, the open-air market is held every Monday in it's traditional setting of Selby's Market place and also extends into Micklegate (known locally as Wide Street).

The Market Cross area is the perfect open space for outdoor events, street performances and public displays. The space in the centre of town is the perfect area to capture the imagination of the Selby public!

If you would like further information on using this historic area for your event please give us a call. Selby Park Selby Park in the shadow of the famous Selby Abbey, is located in an area steeped in history.

It was Benedict of Auxerre, France who founded the abbey at Selby after he was directed in a vision to a place called Selebaie - the Sallow village - somewhere in England.

He came to England in 1069, bringing with him the preserved finger of St Germain. When he arrived at Selby three swans landed in the waters on or near the River Ouse. Benedict took this as a sign and with the permission of King William the Conqueror, chose this place as the site for his abbey.

The Benedictine abbey was built in typical Norman style with Herringbone masonry and its internal architecture is similar to Durham Cathedral. In the Dissolution of the monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII, many of the powerful Yorkshire monasteries were destroyed and left to ruin.

Selby was lucky enough to escape and although part was pulled down, the central nave survived and in 1618 it became the parish church of Selby. Selby's most famous son was King Henry I who was born here in 1068. His mother Matilda was staying at Selby while her husband, King William the Conqueror was busy subjugating the North. Throughout history there have been whispers abound of secret medieval passages buried deep under the parks grounds, providing sanctuary and an escape route for the persecuted medieval monks of the Abbey.

Rumours exist that if you listen carefully on a quiet evening, monks on their medieval meanderings can still be heard to this day! Selby Park was a renowned Victorian Park and in recent years the park has been restored for the people of Selby to enjoy.

Performances from some of Yorkshire’s top brass bands take place during the summer months on the traditional park bandstand in the shadow of the famous Selby Abbey, whilst the annual Selby Classic Motorcycle and Car Rally welcomes hundreds of visitors each June.

The rally is held on the 3rd Saturday in June in association with the Selby Town Council Funday (Sunday), a day for all the family to enjoy with fun events and entertainment held across the town.

For the kids a recently re-built play area and kids toys area provide safe and safe secure play areas where parents can sit back and relax. Crazy golf and traditional bowls can also be enjoyed throughout our spring/summer opening, or, if you simply want to sit back and relax we serve fresh teas, coffees and ice creams within our newly refurbished park pavilion.

Under our new ‘Parklife’ branding we aim to continue to grow Selby Park as a thriving open space for all ages to enjoy.

So get down to Selby Park - there’s more than just flower beds!

Booking Selby's open spaces

Selby has a number of public spaces that can be booked for events and activities.

These include:

Market Place

The Amphitheatre

Portholme Road football pitch / recreation area (field near Morrisons)

Denison Road football pitch

Selby Park

The Market Place is only available for use by charities and community groups – not for commercial organisations.

To book these spaces please complete the from below