Things to do at Stanwick Lakes review
Stanwick Lakes is one of our favourite places for some fresh air and exercise in Northamptonshire it is a huge 750 acre site with so much to do. Stanwick Lakes is off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 in Northamptonshire 8 miles from Wellingborough. For Satnav purposes, the postcode is NN9 6GY.
The Hideaway is a little indoor play area with a large viewing video for parents. There is also the Skyloft coffee lounge on the mezzanine with comfy seating and amazing views.
The most impressive thing for the kids is the enormous central play area, with climbing frames, slides, swings, water play areas, sand and tunnels. On either side is a walk/cycle track for you to explore. One way takes you to the obstacle course for older children. For younger children, some parts are quite challenging but it’s great fun. The other way takes you on a nice loop and past a zip wire, tyre swings and rope bridge suitable for all ages.
There are several bird hides and lots of lakes. The whole area is very popular with families, walkers, bird watchers, cyclists and horse riders (permit required). In the summer months, Stanwick Lakes can get very busy and I’ve often ended up in the overflow car park but in the winter, it is quite quiet and a great way to blow away the cobwebs.
Do be prepared for mud though as in the Winter months (especially if we’ve had lots of rain) certain areas can get boggy especially the obstacle course area. My kids love it though. Mud and puddles equal fun. Just remember a big bag to put all the muddy stuff in and maybe some spare clothes! Wellies in the winter are essential.
The site is host to a multitude of events from shows in the outdoor theatre. Twelfth Night and The Legend of King Arthur are on this year. Craft workshops with Stanwick Stitchers and patchwork quilt sit & sew, half term children activities and health walks.
Please note we have not visited since there was a fire in part of the outdoor play area. This is just a section that was lost and there are plenty of other places to play. They are in the process of replacing this equipment.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ & Further Information Stanwick Lakes
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe selling hot and cold food and drinks. You can picnic in the park.
What are the main things to do?
Small indoor play area, enormous central play area, with climbing frames, slides, swings, water play areas, sand and tunnels. Cycling and walking trails, events and activities. Toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE – Stanwick Lakes is FREE.
Is there parking?
There is parking, charges apply.
When are they open?
The site is open from 7 am to 8 pm (April to September, 7 pm in March and 5 pm in winter). Visitor centre for information, snacks, toilets and indoor toddler play area is open 10 am to 5 pm. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are welcome on a lead. They are not permitted in the play area or the visitor centre.
Are they accessible?
Information on accessibility The majority of the site’s facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Guest post with thanks to Emma writer at Life in the Mum’s Lane
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