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Southwater Country Park

Southwater Country Park path around the lake

Enjoy a stroll around the lake, an adventure at Dinosaur Island, and a picnic on the beach

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

Sailing boats on Southwater Country Park lake

Dip your toe in the water and try sailing, paddle-boarding and kayaking

Horsham District’s parks and countryside sites are vitally important at this time. However, social distancing, as set out by the Government, is absolutely crucial.  We have therefore put in place some restrictions and taken the decision to close the following with immediate effect:

  • All four car parks
  • Public toilets and café
  • Dinosaur Island play area
  • Watersports

For additional updates on restrictions and closures across the district, please visit our Coronavirus: Parks, leisure and venues web page


Dinosaur Island

To celebrate Southwater's dinosaur history – did you know a real iguanadon skeleton was found in the lake? – the Country Park’s adventure play area is dedicated to dinosaurs.

Follow the big dinosaur footprints from the Visitor Centre lake up to Dinosaur Island. Discover dinosaur bones in the sand, reach new heights on aerial walkways, swoop on jungle swings and climb all the way to the top of our bubbling volcano.

Musical instruments, dinosaur sculptures, a wheelchair-accessible roundabout and accessible ramps make Dinosaur Island fun for children with a wide range of abilities. There’s play equipment for bigger kids, too – head for the more challenging trails and climbing frames.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Please follow the government guidance on social distancing if you do visit one of our sites.
Dinosaur Island play equipment

The adventure play area has dinosaur-themed equipment for a wide range of ages and abilities

Footprints from Southwater Country Park Visitor Centre to Dinosaur Island

Follow the footprints from the park Visitor Centre to Dinosaur Island, and look out for dinosaur sculptures in the park

A triceratops sculpture at Dinosaur Island

Keep your eyes peeled for our dinosaur sculptures