Stanwick Lakes - Northamptonshire

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Little Miss A and I have been staying with my parents this weekend and we decided to have an afternoon out.

I'd recently seen something about a Sculpture Trail at Stanwick Lakes which looked interesting. When I asked my Mum where the Lakes were in relation to her, she said about 15 minutes away so they seemed like the ideal choice.

We arrived about midday and the wardens were directing cars into the overflow car park so it was already busy. We parked up and set off in the direction of the playground. Within minutes Little Miss A was straight on to the biggest climbing frame! We lost count of the number of times she went round and down the slide!


Whilst she was busy, my Dad went to the Visitors Centre to get a map and eventually we managed to persuade Little Miss A to come off the climbing frame so we could go for a walk. 

There are a few sculptures to spot in the playground but the main Sculpture Trail goes round the Lake in front of the Visitors Centre. It was just the right distance for Little Miss A to walk round herself and the Sculptures dotted along the path added interest for her.



I think her favourite was the owl but I liked the frogs which were decorated by local schools and youth organisations. It was fun finding the frog hidden in the tunnel of trees. Little Miss A did a few circuits through the tunnel!




It was a really hot day so we all needed an ice cream to cool us down after the walk. Then Little Miss A was off again in to the playground. I took her to some of the other climbing frames but her favourite was definitely the biggest one!

I ummed and aahed about letting Little Miss A loose in the water play area, but in the end thought, why not, it's only sand and water! So I got her changed into her swimming stuff and she had fun cooling off a bit. There are lots of water wheels, chutes and troughs. Little Miss A got inside one of the troughs and had a really good splash!



If you're visiting it's worth taking swimming stuff (which will end up pretty mucky from the brown water) and also a bucket & spade as there is lots of sand to play in.

We only covered a small part of this 750 acre Nature Reserve and just walked round one of the many lakes. There is an indoor play area, an Adventure Trail, an Iron Age Roundhouse, Bird Hides and an Assault Course. There are cycle paths so you can take your own bikes or hire bikes on-site. Dogs are allowed but have to be kept on the lead. 

There are no charges for using the facilities at the Lakes but car parking charges apply and vary depending on the time of year. As it's the school holidays parking was £3.50 for up to 2 hours; £4.50 for up to 3 hours; and £5.50 for over 3 hours. 

With so much more to explore we'll be visiting again some time soon on another visit to Little Miss A's Nana and Pops!


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12 Responses to “Stanwick Lakes - Northamptonshire”

  1. Ah this is really close to us but you know what,we've never been! Must go now thanks for sharing xx #whatevertheweather

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    1. Glad it's inspired you to go Caroline. It really is a nice place to visit with lots on offer.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, it looks worth a trip over for us too! #whatevertheweather

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    1. Thanks Lisa. One for your list of places to go then!

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  3. It looks a great place to visit! I love sculpture trails, especially when they are not too long for little legs! I always get a bit annoyed when they put play parks near the entrances as it takes A LOT of persuasion to get my eldest away to do something else first! The water park look great too, Miss A looks like she really enjoyed herself in there!
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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    1. Thanks Jenny. She really did have a great time. I know what you mean about playgrounds near the entrances!

      Thanks for hosting #WhateverTheWeather

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  4. That looks like the perfect day out for little ones. My boys would really love the sculptures and sand and water play. #whatevertheweather

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    1. Thanks Kate. It's a great combination of things to do in one place. We'll definitely visit again.

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  5. That climbing frame is massive! I understand why you want to go back cuz it looks like fun there =) #WhateverTheWeather

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    1. Thanks pixiedusk! I know, the climbing frame was huge but that didn't stop Little Miss A! The bigger the better for her!

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  6. Oh wow! What a great day out and so inexpensive. My daughter would love to play in that sand and water haha, she'd be there all day. I think that's the biggest climbing frame I've ever seen! And those frogs look really cool. It sounds like there is so much to do here, I think it's worth going back again and again. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather x

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    1. Definitely. I'm sure we'll be revisiting again now we know what's there and how close it is to where my parents live!

      Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

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