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Stanwick Lakes - Coronavirus update

Review from MK Kids

*NEWLY REVAMPED CLIMBING FRAME* WOW!!! Just take a look at that play equipment! This is Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire.  You only PAY TO PARK and can have a full day out There's an assault course and adventure trail too. The water play is closed from what I understand. 

A family visited at the  weekend and she sent me this review "we went Stanwick today. new play equipment open. tunnels/slides on playgrounds boarded up/taped but the new structure is enough for the kids. its massive. arrive around 10:15. car park less than 1/3 full. left 2.45 carpark full but even then it didn't seem heaving. new play equipment open. water play section closed. bike rental open and refreshment kiosk. portacabin toilets open. the visitors section was closed. Great day out. we will be taking our own bikes next time. my advice would be to arrive early, get kids on playgrounds and do the walks when it gets busier"

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.

Access for All 

The majority of the site’s facilities are wheelchair accessible, including the visitor centre, toilets, rangers’ log cabin, bird hide, the network of footpaths and cycle paths, and areas within the central adventure playground. A lift is situated in the café area to allow disabled visitors to access the mezzanine seating area where the archaeological finds are kept, including the section of Roman floor mosaic.

For more information about access at Stanwick Lakes please read our Stanwick Lakes Access Statement.

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 exceptions are the waterplay and the slides (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 the refreshment kiosk and log cabin. We are extending memberships by two months to cover the period of closure.

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.

Outdoor Cinema

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

Opening Times 


Site opening Times

Visitor Centre Opening Times

January and February

7am – 5pm

10am – 4pm weekdays

10am – 5pm weekends and school holidays


7am – 7pm

10am – 5pm

April to September

7am – 8pm

10am – 5pm


7am – 7pm

10am – 5pm

November and December

7am – 5pm

10am – 4pm weekdays

10am – 5pm weekends and school holidays

Car Park Charges 

The phone line currently goes to answermachine so i could not ask if Blue Badge holders are required to pay.

Who to contact


Where to go

Stanwick Lakes
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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