Bosworth Water Park
If you and your brood fancy an action-packed trip, head for Bosworth Water Trust campsite, on a 50-acre country park with 20 acres of water sports. Probably pretty uniquely for a campsite – particularly in this neck of the woods – it has kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing. And you don’t need to splash out on any fancy kit.
The campsite will hire out everything you need in the way of tackle and togs, and runs sailing, windsurfing and powerboating courses. If you are feeling less adventurous (or energetic), you will find rowing boats and pedalos, and you can fish from dawn to dusk. A small sandy ‘beach’ next to the lake’s roped-off swimming zone should keep younger bods happy building sandcastles, and in keeping with the seaside theme (if not strictly Cool Camping-style) the park has a pirate-ship playground, crazy golf, dodgems and bungee jumping. After all this, if you’re still in the market for more, the campsite has a volleyball net.
When you’re finally ready for a sit-down, the café has tables overlooking the lake, and as the campsite only takes families and couples the absence of groups means you get a well-earned good night’s sleep come shut-eye time.
At the pay-and-play Saturday Kids’ Club (10am–12.30pm) (book a week in advance on 01455 291876) kids aged 8 and over get the chance to try sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. There is a small swimming area roped off, a sandy area for sandcastle-building and fishing (£2 for a day ticket). The country park has pirate-ship-theme play equipment, dodgems (operating at busy periods), bungee jumping and crazy golf.The site has marked hook-up pitches, and unmarked pitches for tents without hook-ups over 2 large, flat fields, with plenty of space around pitches. There are 2 toilet/shower blocks, one of which is on the campsite, and the other near the shop (also for day-trippers using the lake). The campsite block has 3 showers and 3 toilets each for men and women. A further toilet and shower block next to the shop also has a disabled toilet with shower and basin. The shop is open from 8.30am to 7pm or 10pm (depending on season) and sells toys, games, ice creams, crisps and bits and pieces you might have forgotten – like batteries and toothbrushes.
Twycross Zoo (01827 880250) is about 20 minutes down the road, or visit Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park (01455 290429; ) for the story of the 1485 battle of Bosworth. The Battlefield Line Railway (01827 880754) runs from Shackerstone station (15 minutes away).
Bosworth Battle Field, Battle Field Line Steam Railway, Conkers, National Space Centre.
Food & DrinkOnsite, Bruschetta’s Café Bar (01455 292685) serves up big breakfasts, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and daily specials. Market Bosworth is within walking distance and has a fish-and-chip shop, cafés (including Café Torte selling local ice cream, ciabattas and cakes) and the Black Horse Inn (01455 290278) with home-made gastro-style food.
Red Lion, Dixie Arms. 1 Mile away in Market Bosworth
Opening TimesOpen all year round
You need to supervise children swimming, as lifeguards may be attending other parts of the lake.
The Owner Says
Experience the seaside inland on the golden sands of our man-made beach. It’s the ideal place to relax, go paddling or build a sandcastle.
For even more fun, try our 12-hole, nautical-themed crazy golf course. Whether you are playing for fun or trying to settle a family dispute, it’s guaranteed to test the skills of old and young alike. Score cards are available in the office and at only £3.00 per person (£10 for a family of 4) it’s also great value for money.
Looking for adventure? Let the kids go wild in our pirate adventure playground or hire some boating equipment and take them out on the water. For some piece and quiet, why not take a gentle stroll around the lake or find a spot to relax and take in the views. With so much open space to enjoy, just let the kids run free!
With an on-site cafe/bar serving breakfast, light lunches and snacks all day we have everything you need.
Also new for 2015 is our blue lagoon with a beach area all the way round good for children of all ages to have a paddle whilst the adults relax.
Catch a train to Sheringham or Kings Lynn, then a Coasthopper bus (no 35) to Stiffkey. Hop off opposite the post office, and walk down Bridge Street.
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