Visitor Centre

About the Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is a unique award winning venue of striking design both inside and out, with lots to see and do. It boasts very impressive green credentials, including rain water harvesting for toilet flushing, ground source heat pump from the lake for underfloor heating, solar roof panels and a sedum roof. The centre is a low carbon building and aims to enhance, not detract from, its beautiful setting.

Interpretation explains how the site came to be – from quarry to nature reserve – and information about the flora and fauna that can be seen. A giant globe shows the flight paths that the over-wintering birds take to reach Stanwick Lakes.


Facilities in the Visitor Centre include;

  • Café Solar
  • The Skyloft Coffee Lounge
  • The Hideaway (indoor play area)
  • Shop
  • Reception
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Disabled facilities
  • Function Room available for hire and;
  • The Discovery Zone.

The centre is wheelchair friendly.

Please be aware that we do not allow bicycles, scooters or children’s ride-on toys in the Visitor Centre. Please leave them in the cycle park area (a padlock may be hired from Reception).