Welcome to Stanwick Lakes,
where the adventure lasts all day!

Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750acre countryside attraction and nature reserve in the heart of Northamptonshire's beautiful Nene Valley, and is widely considered to be one of the region's most imaginative outdoor activity destinations. It offers the best of both worlds: extensive play areas to keep adventurous families entertained for hours, and for nature lovers, walkers and cyclists, acres of wide open spaces and paths, where blue skies are reflected in tranquil waters.

And if the weather is less than perfect? Head indoors to the visitor centre, with its host of facilities and activities.

Stanwick Lakes is managed as a social enterprise by environmental charity, Rockingham Forest Trust, in partnership with East Northamptonshire Council.
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Early closure of Visitor Centre on Wed 30th July

PLEASE NOTE: The Visitor Centre will be closing at 4.30pm on Wednesday 30th July due to a private function. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“Even more adventurous play at Stanwick Lakes, thanks to Biffa Award!”

Biffa Award has given the Rockingham Forest Trust, who manage Stanwick Lakes, £15,000 to install new swings and sculptures.

The Adventure Trail, with a rope bridge, zip slide and climbing rock, is a popular place for families to explore when they visit Stanwick Lakes. Unfortunately the tyre swings on the Trail have come to the end of their natural life, but thanks to the grant from Biffa Award, they will soon be replaced with exciting new adventurous play equipment. Read more Biffa Award Press release June 2014


On Wednesday 30th July enjoy professional theatre in the stunning setting of our outdoor theatre. Bring a picnic and relax while you watch this fun-filled family musical show. Why not come dressed up? Before the performance there is a 45 minute drama workshop with the actors – play some fun drama games and find out more about the characters. Find out more

Please note that the visitor centre is open until 5pm every day.