As from Saturday 18th July:

We are pleased to be opening up more of our facilities, ​but we must remind everyone to continue to follow Government advice on social distancing.

To keep people safe and numbers on site manageable, there will still be some restrictions on how many cars are allowed on site. Please do not park on local roads. The car park opens at 7am and is locked at 7pm.

We have a reduced number of our staff working, so our ability to respond to emails, social media, voicemails etc is limited. Thank you for your patience.

Outdoor toilets

These are open (9am – 7pm) and are situated behind the refreshment kiosk. We advise that only one household at a time should use the toilet facilities. They are regularly cleaned.

Play equipment

All play equipment, including that on the assault course and adventure trail, is open. The waterplay remains closed (owing to Government restrictions).


Our ranger team are back working on site. Please cooperate with any instructions they give.


The outdoor kiosk is open serving light, wrapped refreshments, ice-creams and hot and cold drinks.

Visitor building

This remains closed to the public.

Barbecue area

This remains closed to discourage group gatherings. Barbecues are therefore not permitted on site.


It is possible to renew your membership, or take out a new one at our refreshment kiosk or log cabin.

Cycle Hire

Cycle hire will be open every day from 10am – 7pm (it will not be possible to reserve bikes). Disability scooters will also be available. Please call 07850 723592 to reserve.


All events are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Outdoor Cinema

For details of film showtimes see the Movies by the Lakes website.


All work parties are cancelled for the time being, and we are unable to support our many individual volunteers in their various roles until further notice. We will keep in touch as the situation changes and very much look forward to your return.


Group or individual bookings for the visitor centre will not be able to go ahead, and those affected will be contacted.

Group activities

All craft workshops, Rainbow Cafés, and other group sessions in the visitor centre are suspended. This includes the Health Walks.

Otters Children’s holiday club

We are currently unable to run the club while social distancing remains in force and are not taking any bookings.

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.