Kelsey Park is a public park in Beckenham in the borough of Bromley, Greater London. It historically formed the landscaped park of the Kelsey Manor Estate.


11th April - Bat Walk (7:30pm-10pm) - Sold Out

This is your chance to walk around the park, after dusk, with an expert bat guide, for an opportunity to see some of Kelsey Park's bat species.

Before the walk, our expert guide will give a short introduction to bats, the types of bats that are in the park, and what you can expect that evening. Bat detectors will be issued to the group, and the walk will begin.

The walk will begin at 19:45, but please turn up for around 19:30 to ensure you are with us, as we cannot wait for you, and the gates are locked behind us! The walk will finish at around 21:30 after we have walked around the park.

Please bring suitable footwear, suitable clothing (it can get cold in the park!) and a torch.

PLEASE NOTE: As with all wildlife / nature, nothing is guaranteed! If there are no bat sightings you won’t receive a refund! However, we’ve always seen plenty on previous walks. In the event of bad weather, the walk will be cancelled or rescheduled. Tickets are non-refundable.

Tickets for the evening are limited (50 people) and previous events have been oversubscribed. So please buy your tickets early.

Tickets are available from the Information Centre at weekends for the following prices:

Friends of Kelsey Park Members:
Adult - £1
Child - £1
"Family" (2 adults and 2 children, OR one adult and 3 children) - £3

Adult - £3
Child - £2
"Family" (2 adults and 2 children, OR one adult and 3 children) - £8

We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

Every Thursday

10am: Health Walks - approximately 1½ miles, 45-60 minutes. Meet outside the café, in front of the Friends noticeboard. For more information on these and other walks please contact Sam on 07800 578095

KELSEY PARK Facilities

Heron Watch

Friends of
Kelset Park



Cafe and
Snack Bar

Kelsey Park Cafe Snack Bar


Kelsey Park Cafe Snack Bar


Kelsey Park Cafe Snack Bar


Kelsey Park Cafe Lake


There are 7 entrance gates 2 in Wickham Road. 3 in Manor Way, Stone Park Avenue and Court Downs Road

KELSEY PARK Opening times

Monday to Friday         07.30 am
Saturday, Sunday         09.00 am
Bank Holidays              09.00 am

KELSEY PARK Closing times

January                       5:00pm
February                     6:00pm
March                         6:30pm
April                            8:30pm
May                             9:30pm
June                           9:30pm
July                             9:30 pm
August                       9:00pm
September                 8:00pm
October                      7:00pm
November                  5:00pm
December                  4:30pm


Toliets are behind the cafe (see map).


The park we know and enjoy today was opened almost 100 years ago in  1913, but its’ history can be traced back as far as the 12th Century when the Kelsey area was owned by the Lord of the Manor of Beckenham.

It is popularly believed that the beginnings of the Kelsey Estate originate from 1408 when William Kelsiulle was granted a lease of two meadows where he built a house close to the lower waterfall.

In 1472 William Brograve took over the estate, which remained in his family for the next 200 years until 1688 when it passed into the Burrell family.  William Brograve made various improvements during his tenure including the addition of an Oratory or Chapel in 1479 after being granted a licence by the Bishop of Rochester.

Four generations of the Burrell family lived there over the following 130 years until it passed briefly to Edward Gross Smith in 1820 and then on to the Hoare family in 1835. The estate had undergone extensive landscaping during this period (reportedly by the well known designer Repton) and stretched out over more than 3,000 acres as far as Elmers End. The upper lake mansion house was also constructed then.  However, the first mansion had fallen into disuse by the turn of the 19th Century and was demolished, as there was no mention of it in the sale papers in 1820.

The Hoare family were the owners from 1835 until 1909  (Hoare banking family). During this time they made a number of improvements to the estate, including building two lodges, a cottage hospital, fire station and a chapel. 

After Charles Hoare (3rd generation) inherited the estate he set up stagecoach services between Beckenham and Sevenoaks and enjoyed driving the horses himself. He was a good cricketer (like his father before him) and with HG Wells’ father as coach was selected to play for Kent. By the mid-1890s Charles had lost interest in the estate and leased it out as a convent. Upon his death in 1909 Kelsey was sold. 

The original intention was to build a prestigious gated housing estate, but the owner of the Beckenham Journal, Tom Thornton, ran a successful campaign for Beckenham Council to buy the estate. They purchased 21 acres and set up the park. The Opening Ceremony took place on 31 May 1913.


KELSEY PARK Information Centre

Kelsey Park Information Centre
Opening Hours

Weekends and Bank Holidays.

Summer months 2pm - 4pm
Winter months    1:30pm - 3:30pm

Check map for location


Opening times.

Weekends and School Holiday 11am - Dusk

Adults £3.50
Children/Disabled £3.00
Senior Citizen £2.50

07981 822 364

07885 849 016 / 07885 828 059

Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Check map for location
Friends of Kelsey Park 2018 Calendar
The 2018 Friends of Kelsey Park Calendar is now available, they can be purchased from the information centre for £6.00, or by post, click below. Please note we only post to the UK

Buy 1 Calendar £4.50

Buy 2 Calendars £7

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