Updated 2nd September 2021

The Visitor Centre is open weekends in September, 10am – 5pm, for Reception (including memberships), shop and toilets. The cafe is currently closed and will re-open in the Autumn.

Our outdoor Snack Shack is open daily (10am – 5pm) serving a variety of sweet and savoury options and hot and cold drinks. Our Waffle Shack is open at weekends (10am-5pm) serving ice creams, waffles and drinks.

Stanwick Lakes’ outdoor facilities including the car park, outdoor toilets, BBQ area, play areas including waterplay, assault course, adventure trail and adventure playground and our NEW ‘Stanwick on Sea’ area are all open.

If you are trying to contact us please be aware we have a reduced number of staff working, so our response to emails, social media, voicemails etc may take a little longer. Thank you for your patience.

The site is open from 7am – 8pm. Cars left in the car park after this time risk being locked in overnight.

Outdoor toilets

These are open 7am – 8pm and are situated behind the Snack Shack. They are cleaned regularly.

Play equipment

All outdoor play equipment, including that on the assault course and adventure trail, is open. The waterplay has reopened in the Adventure playground.


Our rangers are working on site each day until 8pm. Please co-operate with any instructions they give.

Outdoor Refreshment Kiosks

See above

Visitor Centre

See above

The Hideaway Soft Play area

This remains closed.

Barbecue area

The BBQ area behind the adventure playground has reopened. This is the only area on site that barbecues are permitted.


It is possible take out a new annual membership or renew your membership at the Snack Shack, Visitor Centre at weekends and online.

Cycle Hire

Please see the cycling page for information about cycle hire.


See our ‘What’s On Page’ for events we are holding.


Socially distanced volunteering has resumed within guidelines for group sizes. If you would like to volunteer please contact us by emailing

Group activities

All craft workshops, Rainbow Cafés, and other group sessions in the Visitor Centre are suspended.

Health Walks have restarted and take place at 10am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. All welcome. Meet outside the Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre.

Stanwick Lakes is a large nature reserve and we are not able to clean all the surfaces you may come into contact with (gates, bird hides etc). We therefore advise that you come prepared with some disinfectant wipes. We ask that you respect other users’ personal space whilst on site, especially when in areas that are busy with people. Please visit, have fun, enjoy the site and stay alert.