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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.

The following conditions currently apply:

  • The car parks are open and charges apply
  • The beach area on the lake is closed. It will remain closed until we feel it is safe to be able to re-open
  • 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 open. Please follow play area guidelines
  • Watersports is open and managed by Southwater Sports

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

Cafe and visitor centre

Overlooking the lake and just beside the watersports centre, Southwater Country Park Café is a lovely spot to take a break. The café serves a wide range of hot and cold food, including sandwiches, baguettes, jacket potatoes, soup, cream teas and a selection of cakes. There’s a children’s menu, a selection of gluten-free options and even the dogs won’t miss out with our water bowl and doggy ice cream.

Cafe opening times

The Café is open every day except Christmas Day.

April-September 10am-5pm
October-March 10am-4.30pm

Toilets and facilities

The Southwater Country Park toilets are just behind the Café. There is indoor and outdoor seating, including a covered outdoor seating area.