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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.

From Wednesday 13 May, the following conditions will apply;

  • Station Road car park is open and charges apply
  • Worthing Road and Ben’s Field car parks remain closed
  • The number of toilets available is limited, while they undergo a deep clean and essential repairs
  • The café is open for takeaway service only
  • Dinosaur Island play area is closed
  • Watersports are closed
  • The beach area on the lake will remain closed until we feel it is safe to be able to re-open

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.

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