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Stanwick Lakes

Updated 15th July 2021

Stanwick Lakes’ car park, outdoor toilets, play areas and Snack Shack takeaway kiosk are open.

The Visitor Centre – The toilets, shop and Reception in the Visitor Centre are open this weekend (17/18 July) and from Wednesday 21st July throughout the school summer holidays. Cafe Solar is being refurbished and we look forward to unveiling a new, improved cafe in the autumn.

In the meantime, additional seating and an extended range of hot and cold food will be available at the Snack Shack, plus an exciting new takeaway offer. ‘The Waffle Shack’, in the central playground, will be opening on Wednesday 21st July throughout the school summer holidays, serving drinks, ice-creams, waffles and crepes.

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 refreshment kiosk. We advise that only one household at a time should use the toilet facilities. They are regularly cleaned.

Play equipment

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


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

Outdoor Refreshment Kiosk

Our ‘Snack Shack’ is open daily (10am – 5pm) serving light, wrapped refreshments, ice-creams and hot and cold drinks.

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 to renew your membership in the Visitor Centre.

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.

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.

Parking Charges

Admission is charged for through car parking charges, although the site is free to those who walk or cycle in. Please note that the pay machines accept card and cash (change is given). See below for ANPR car park instructions.

Coach Parking

There is limited parking for coaches for which there is a charge of £30 per coach(Please note that anything larger than an 18 seater is classed as a coach.) This is effectively an admission charge for use of the facilities, and it applies whether large groups are dropped off or the coach stays on site. Please contact the Rangers (01933 625522) in advance to book a coach parking space.

Date Site opening Times Visitor Centre Opening Times
January and February 7am – 5pm 10am – 4pm weekdays

10am – 5pm weekends and school holidays

March 7am – 7pm 10am – 5pm
April to September 7am – 8pm 10am – 5pm
October 7am – 7pm 10am – 5pm
November and December 7am – 5pm 10am – 4pm weekdays

10am – 5pm weekends and school holidays

Car Parking Charges May 2021 – March 2022

Calendar of Charges

Charging period Charges per car
1st -28th May, 7th June – 20th July £3.80 all day
29th May – 6th June


21st July – 31st August

Variable charge

Up to 2 hours £3.80

Up to 3 hours £4.80

Over 3 hours £5.80

Arrivals after 4:30pm pay a flat rate of £3.80

September, Weekends in October,  23rd – 31st October and weekends in March £3.80 all day
Weekdays in October (except 23rd – 31st), November, December, January, February and weekdays in March £2.80 all day
Membership £37 per household per year (plus £5 admin charge when you first join) 

Closed Christmas Day

Who to contact


Where to go

Stanwick Lakes
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
April to September 7am – 8pm, Visitor Centre 10am – 5pm
Time of day

Other Details

Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old