The Boathouse Cafe

Serving indulgent hand scooped ice cream, light lunch items and hot and cold drinks in the heart of Thompson Park.

Located in the very popular Thompson Park, the Boathouse Café provides refreshments in this historic and central green space. So, whether you’re riding on the train, sliding in the playground, paddling in the lido or rowing round the boating lake, be sure to visit the café for a thirst-quenching drink and cooling ice cream or a hot chocolate, depending on how the weather is treating you! With a large selection of ice creams, confectionary, crisps, cakes and cookies, and a fantastic range of hot and cold drinks, the Boathouse Café is perfect for eats and treats alike.

Complimentary Wi-Fi
Pay and display car parking located nearby with accessible parking spaces
Guide dogs only


7 days a week during school holidays

Weekends only during term-time

12pm – 5pm

The Boathouse

Burnley BB11 2RZ

The Boathouse
Burnley BB11 2RZ,
Centre Opening Hours:
The Boathouse Cafe and Boating Lake opens from April until the end of September.
We open weekends only, however, during school holidays we open seven days a week from 11am-6pm at the café, and the first boat time is 11am and the last boat time is 5.30pm.

Prices are as follows for a 25 minute hire:
Single kayak - £4
Canadian canoe (3 people) - £5
Small row boat (4 people) - £6
Large row boat (5 people) - £6
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.

Bad weather:

During periods of bad weather and rain the Boathouse Cafe and Boating Lake will close, please check our Facebook page (insert link) for updates.

Car parking is available in the park via the Colne Road entrance. The cost is £2 all day, and tickets can be purchased using a cashless system on your phone only.

For Boating Lake enquiries please email:

For Boathouse Cafe enquiries please email:

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