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Nature Reserve

Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes




Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750acre countryside attraction and nature reserve in the heart of Northamptonshire's beautiful Nene Valley, less than an hour’s drive from Peterborough. The site is widely considered to be one of the region's most imaginative outdoor activity destinations. There are extensive and imaginative play areas, open spaces and paths that families, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can explore at leisure. The visitor centre, with café, shop and function space, hosts events, family celebrations, business meetings and craft workshops throughout the year. Discover more about the history of the site on our heritage trail and view archaeological finds, including a section of a Roman floor mosaic, which are on display on the mezzanine in the visitor centre.

There are many events to take part in including bird walks, traditional crafts courses, exciting family activities and much more. To find out about the Stanwick Lakes events programme, see our website or come to the Visitor Centre and pick up a leaflet.

Operating dates, times of activities and car parking charges do vary so we recommend that you check the Stanwick Lakes website or call the Visitor Centre on 01933 625522, before setting off.

Stanwick Lakes is managed as a social enterprise by environmental charity, Rockingham Forest Trust, in partnership with East Northamptonshire Council.

Opening details

Stanwick Lakes is open all year round.

March to October: Visitor centre open 10am – 5pm. Site open 7am – 9pm.
November to February: Visitor centre open 10am – 4pm weekdays and 10am – 5pm weekends and school holidays. Site open 7am – 5pm
(The site is closed on Christmas Day. The visitor centre is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day)


Admission is charged through a variable car parking fee. A season ticket is available
The site is free to those who walk or cycle in.
Some activities and events incur a separate charge


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Map reference: SP 967715  Lat: 52.33361 Long: -0.58138

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Directions: 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.

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