Glapthorn Recreation Ground is an area of recreational land situated at the west end of the village to the rear of Glapthorn Primary School. The facilities include a sports field (prepared to Sport England standards), a children's playground (with slides, climbing frame, swings and a balance/obstacle course) an outdoor gym and a car park.

The Playing Field Association was formed in 2020 and are responsible for managing the recreation ground on behalf of the Parish Council. Its primary role is to raise funds to cover the running costs of the facilities; these include grass cutting and the maintenance of the equipment and playing areas. There is an active committee, all volunteers, who endeavour to raise funds for its upkeep through a variety of events in the village. The Committee meet regularly and the minutes can be found on this webpage

Should anyone representing a formal organisation wish to book the sports field then please contact any committee member, or email

The Recreation Ground is a facility meant for the enjoyment of all villagers; all we ask is that the facilities are used in a responsible manner and left in a state you would wish to find them. If anyone sees any misuse of the facilities or wishes to report any damage please contact a committee member.

A special plea is made to dog owners to ensure they DO NOT allow their dogs onto the sports field or playground.

Car Park:

The car park opening times are:

  • 1st April to 30th September : 08:00 – 20:30 Hrs
  • 1st October to 31st March : 08:00 – 17:00 Hrs

The car park is for the exclusive use of:

  • Users of the recreation ground facilities
  • Visitors to Glapthorn Primary School
  • Walkers accessing local footpaths / bridleways

NO Overnight Parking - NO Lorries & Coaches - NO Trailers & Caravans


The children's playground is equipped with slides, climbing frame, swings and a balance/obstacle course to suit all ages.

Outdoor Gym:

A comprehensive selection of personal gym equipment with instructions for use detailed on each apparatus.

Sports Pitch:

The Sport Pitch is available for hire to both individuals and local sports clubs & organisations. The booking form and conditions of hire are below:

Alternatively you can check availability and make a provisional booking using the link below, please click on the Playing Field in the "Select Room" dropdown:

In addition, a selection of sports equipment is available which can be requested on the booking form. Currently the equipment is limited to a pair of mobile football goalposts/nets but it is anticipated that the range of equipment will increase going forward, and will be updated on this web-page.

GPFA Committee

  • Nick Knowles - Chair
  • Sue Bradley - Secretary
  • Malcom Moss
  • Ellie Igglesden
  • Jo Hood
  • Cheryl Scott
  • Debbie Carmichael
  • Joanna Cadman-Joyce
  • Sarah Earl
  • Gillian Bland
  • David Cashmore

Glapthorn Playing Field Association is a registered charity, No: 1189712

GPFA Meeting Minutes

A Brief History of the Recreation Ground

The idea for a recreation ground was conceived many years ago but previous attempts were not able to progress the initiative. However Glapthorn Parish Council took up the project in 2017. After successfully applying for grants and loans to fund the scheme followed by negotiations to purchase the land and acquire access rights, development started in Spring 2020. Despite the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic the key development groundworks were completed by Autumn with the final installations in January 2021. A comprehensive history of the project can be found on the Playing Field Project Development Timeline pages of this website.

Glapthorn Parish Council are grateful to the following organisations in supporting and funding this project:

  • Augean Community Fund
  • Sport England
  • The National Lottery
  • FCC Communities Foundation
  • East Northants Community Facilities Fund
  • The National Lottery Community Fund