Southwater Country Park

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Southwater Country Park visitor centre has picnic benches and a view of the lake

Sit back and enjoy the view from our lakeside café, serving food all day

Dinosaur Island play equipment

Follow the dinosaur footprints to our children’s play area, a must for little adventurers

Book a paddling beach session

Book your free place for the paddling beach at Southwater Country Park. A lovely spot for a paddle and a picnic, the beach has been popular in recent summers and taking bookings is a way to help everyone enjoy the area safely.

Each session is 1 hour 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the water.

Session times

There are four daily time-slots for the paddling beach.

  • 10.00am – 11.30am
  • 11.45am – 1.15pm
  • 1.30pm – 3.00pm
  • 3.15pm – 4.45pm

Gates are locked at 5.15pm.

How to book

Paddling beach sessions must be booked in advance and booking confirmation will be checked. To book your session, complete the following steps:

  • Click the button below to access our online booking system
  • Choose a date and time-slot. Please only book one time-slot per day, to give everyone a chance to enjoy the area
  • Book a space for every child and adult who will be entering the fenced area. Dogs are not permitted.

Book now

If you arrive at the park and the session is not fully booked, you are welcome to book a slot on your phone on the day.

When you arrive for your session

When you arrive at Southwater Country Park for your session:

  • Have your booking confirmation email to hand. This can be on your phone
  • Your booking confirmation will be checked at the gate by a member of staff
  • Enjoy the beach area, and follow our safety advice for paddlers
  • At the end of your session please take your litter with you and dispose of it properly
  • No dogs or BBQ’s are permitted within the fenced area

Safety advice for paddlers

To help keep you and your family safe, please follow our safety tips when you visit:

  • The beach is for paddling, not swimming
  • Children must be supervised at all times. Lifeguards are not present in the area
  • Paddle within the marked out area only
  • Only enter the water up to waist height
  • Inflatables, floats or bodyboards are not allowed in the water

Water quality

The water quality is variable. Please consider our advice before you paddle:

  • Stay out of the water if you have cuts or abrasions
  • Consider wearing footwear to paddle for extra protection
  • If you feel unwell after entering the water, please contact your doctor.