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Café closes at 3pm on weekdays, during term time. This is extended to 4pm during weekends and school holidays. Visitor Centre closes at 5pm. Carpark is locked at 7pm.


Welcome to

Stanwick Lakes


for accessible play


What wildlife
to see in Summer


Learning from the past,
building for the future


Where the adventure
lasts all day

Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750 acre nature reserve and countryside attraction located in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

CHARITY NO. 1050157

Visitor information :


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Visitor Opening times

Please see the table below for the current opening times.



Site opening Times
Visitor Centre Opening Times
January – March 7am – 5pm 10am – 4pm
April to September 7am – 7pm 10am – 5pm
October-December 7am – 5pm 10am – 4pm

How to find us



Stanwick Lakes is situated off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 in East Northamptonshire between Wellingborough (eight miles away) and Thrapston (seven miles away).

The postcode for Sat Nav directions is NN9 6GY.

Parking and prices



Thank you for paying to park!

Did you know that Stanwick Lakes is run by Rockingham Forest Trust, a local environmental charity?

Every time you pay the car park charges at Stanwick Lakes you are supporting the conservation and maintenance work that takes place on the site. This includes managing the nature reserve for wildlife, looking after the play equipment and maintaining miles of paths for walking and cycling.

Car Parking Charges 2023

Charging period
Charges per car
28th-31st March  Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £4.50
1st April – 30th September Variable charge:
Up to 2 hours £3.30
Up to 4 hours £4.80
All day £6.30
1st Oct 31st December Variable charge:
Up to 2 hours £3.00
All day £4.50
Membership £42 per household per year

Closed Christmas Day




The majority of the site’s facilities are wheelchair accessible, including the visitor centre, toilets, feeding station and water’s edge bird hides, the network of footpaths and cycle paths, and areas within the central adventure playground. A lift is situated in the café area to allow disabled visitors to access the mezzanine area where the archaeological finds are kept, including the section of Roman floor mosaic.

Contact Us



01933 625 522

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There are extensive and imaginative play areas, open spaces and paths that families, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can explore at leisure. There are also specially considered areas dedicated to nature and its wildlife, as well as the history of the site.
Stanwick Lakes is managed as a social enterprise by the environmental charity,
Rockingham Forest Trust. All Income from our visitors directly supports the cost of running the site, including conservation work and educational events.

Upcoming Events

  • Open Water Swimming

    10th May 2024 - 30th August 2024
    5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Learn At The Lakes – Various Dates

    1st June 2024 - 31st December 2025
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Big Bronze-Age Boat Launch!

    21st July 2024 - 21st July 2024
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Den Building with a Ranger!

    25th July 2024 - 25th July 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Winged Wonders Guided Walk

    30th July 2024 - 30th July 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Pond Dipping with a Ranger!

    30th July 2024 - 30th July 2024
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Den Building with a Ranger!

    1st August 2024 - 1st August 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Alice in Wonderland

    3rd August 2024 - 3rd August 2024
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Pond Dipping with a Ranger!

    6th August 2024 - 6th August 2024
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Den Building with a Ranger!

    8th August 2024 - 8th August 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    The visitor centre, with café, shop and function space, hosts many events, family celebrations, business meetings and craft workshops throughout the year.



    Visit a birdhide

    One of the best ways to take in all that a wetlands site has to offer is to stop off at several hides dotted around the reserve, and see what you can spot…

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    Go back in time!

    Notice the stone marker posts, each carved with an historical era? These form part of our Heritage Trail and each of the six stones marks the site of an important historic settlement…

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    Imaginative play

    Get active and explore our adventure playground, assault course, adventure trail, dotted around the reserve, including water play and a zip line!

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    acres of open space

    miles of scenic paths

    days of the year


    Wildlife Volunteer Team Round Up 2022

    Wildlife Volunteer Team Round Up 2022

    In the spring of 2022, we set up a new volunteer group– the Stanwick Lakes Wildlife Volunteer Team (WVT). The team meet up on the last Friday morning of the month to undertake tasks that help us to conserve the nature reserve at Stanwick Lakes, including monitoring...

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    Creating a Moment in History – Stanwick Lakes Heritage

    Creating a Moment in History – Stanwick Lakes Heritage

    Over the past 12 years, Stanwick Lakes have been fortunate enough to receive Heritage Lottery funding for a number of projects exploring the heritage and history of the site and surrounding valley. Carrying on from the successes of these legacy heritage projects, our new ambitious 3 year venture, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will delve into the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, exploring their monuments and settlements with one aim – to bring the past to life.

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    New Learning Volunteer Opportunities!

    New Learning Volunteer Opportunities!

    Nestled in the heart of the Nene Valley, Stanwick Lakes offers a wide-ranging learning programme that aims to educate, involve, and inspire young people in both nature and heritage! As an important part of the Nene Valley Special Protection Area (SPA), a designated...

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    The myth of the night songstress!

    The myth of the night songstress!

    We're thrilled to inform of an exciting visitor to Stanwick Lakes Nature Reserve – a Nightingale! For those unfamiliar, the Nightingale is a small, unassuming bird known for its remarkably powerful and beautiful song. Despite the name, literally translating to "night...

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    From volunteering on conservation or heritage projects, to sponsoring a bird box, or partnering with us as a business, find out the many ways you can contribute to your local environmental charity.

    A unique setting, convenient location, and with ample facilities, you can make your event one to remember at Stanwick Lakes. Our flexible indoor and outdoor spaces and our experienced team, and specialist knowledge can help with you shape your event into something unique.

    Every Visit Counts

    The visitor centre, with café, shop and function spaces is ran as a social enterprise, which very much supports the charity, with all income. The setting for many events, family celebrations, business meetings and craft workshops throughout the year, we can cater for any event.

    So there’s always enough going on to work up an appetite!