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 site is open from 7am to 9pm (7pm in winter) and Visitor centre for information, snacks, toilets and indoor toddler play area is open 10am to 5pm. Car parking charges vary depending on time spent there and season. Currently £2.50 in winter and between £3.50 and £5.50 in the summer. (Cash only parking)
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. My 7 year old finds some parts challenging and its great fun. The other way takes you on a nice loop and past a zip wire, tyre swings and rope bridge. There are several bird hides too 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 it can get very busy an 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 equals fun. Just remember a big bag to put all the muddy stuff in and maybe some spare clothes.
In the summer lots of families take picnics and the kids playing in the central area wear swimming costumes and run about for hours. There's also a BBQ area next to this for super prepared families. So take along a disposable BBQ, your sausages and enjoy!
|On a very muddy/hot water fun day!|
|The rope bridge|
|Zip wire fun|
Next time you are in the area I 100% recommend Stanwick Lakes.