Rutland Water


Update 06.11.2020

Following further guidance, unfortunately fishing boat hire and water sports including sailing and windsurfing access will be closed along with our retail shops (excluding cycling) and mini golf courses. 

We can confirm that our parks will be remaining open during the current lockdown period for access to the tracks, play parks and nature reserves and we will be providing takeaway services from our cafes. 

Bank fishing will be permitted in line with our current covid safe systems and cycle hire will remain open (pre-booking in advance required). We are continually reviewing all guidelines and we will update our website of any relevant changes that occur during the weeks ahead. 

Car parking annual passes are available to purchase by calling 01780 686800 between 10:00am & 3:30pm.

Thank you to everyone who has respected the new rules we have put in place since we reopened earlier this year. We would like to remind all visitors to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines during visits to our parks. 


Coronavirus - Current Service Availability from Thursday 5th November

At Rutland Water the following will apply:

  • Car parks open (Barnsdale car park closed Mon - Fri)
  • Toilets open (Barnsdale toilets closed Mon - Fri)
  • Tracks and picnic/BBQ areas open
  • Fishing available (Bank fishing only)
  • The Beach is closed and will remain closed this year
  • The Aquapark closed and will remain closed this year
  • Watersports centre, hire & day launches closed 
  • Mini golf closed
  • Waterside Café closed
  • Four Foxes Cafes open for takeaway refreshments 
  • Visitor Centre closed
  • Rutland Water Nature Reserve and bird hides will be open
  • Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre will be open for permit sales and take away food and drink only 9am-4pm. There will be no access to the viewing gallery
  • Lyndon Centre will be closed but access to the reserve will remain open
  • Children’s Playgrounds open
  • Rutland Cycling open (see website for details)
  • Bugtopia the Zoo closed
  • Rutland Belle closed (see website for details)
  • Due to the current Corona Virus outbreak we are not currently accepting requests for group visits to Rutland Water. We will review this regularly and update of any change.

There is nowhere better than Rutland Water Park to enjoy time in the great outdoors. Whether you are looking for some adrenalin-fuelled fun or a relaxing break from the daily hustle and bustle, we’ve got what you’re looking for.

Set around beautiful Rutland Water and covering 4,200 acres of open countryside, the park offers everything from walking and cycling to fishing and watersports. There is also our fantastic nature reserve, managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and home to the Rutland Osprey Project.

Expert or novice, everything you need to make the most of your visit is right here, including cycle hire and expert tuition on boat handling.

And of course, you will also find a choice of places to enjoy a cuppa or a bite to eat.

Explore the wide range of activities on offer…

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.