Colwick Country Park
On the outskirts of Nottingham city, the park is accessible via public transport and is well placed just off one of the region's key cycle routes.
The main entrance to the park is off Mile End Road, Colwick Village, on River Road, with another car park at the end of Racecourse road, past Nottingham Racecourse and Colwick Hall Hotel. Each of these entrances has public parking, though there is a barrier charge (£2 per vehicle) should you wish to park past the fishing lodge at River Road. The site is also serviced by public transport links, please visit the Nottingham City Transport website for further details.
- 24 acre West Lake
- 65 acre Main Lake
- Educational Facilities
- Wildlife Areas
- Disability Access
- Dogs Welcome (On leads in designated areas)
- Free entry (barrier charge for cars)
- Car Park
- Fishing, including club run taster sessions
- Swimming (by prior arrangement only)
- Bird watching and wildlife photography
- Horse riding
- Adventure Activities
- Ranger led activities
The West Lake at Colwick Country Park is home to the Nottingham City Open Water Swimming Centre from April to October each year. Organised swimming sessions, with lifeguards present, take place on Wednesday evenings at 6pm and Saturday afternoons at 2pm.
The West lake is designated as an “Excellent” DEFRA Bathing Water and tested weekly throughout the season – results are published and available to view here
Nottingham City Council also undertakes fortnightly testing for blue-green algae.
For more information and swimming events, please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NottinghamCityOpenWaterSwimCentre/
Swimming at Colwick Country Park is not permitted on any lake other than during the organised Nottingham City Open Water Swimming sessions. Boats and inflatables are also not permitted.
The smaller West Lake at Colwick is stocked with carp including some recently moved to the lake that weighed up to 36lb! This lake is also used for canoeing and sailing by the Adventure Centre. Various tickets are available, from the lodge, to suit your needs and our course season runs throughout the year. Please see the price list at the bottom of this page for more information.
The current playground at Colwick is an example of what can be achieved by recycling! Most of the equipment has been refurbished and reused from the previous play area on site and caters for toddlers to 10 year olds and is conveniently located near the toilet block on the main drive.
Our popular marina* has moorings for up to 224 craft and is managed by the wardens on site. Mooring prices are based on a "per metre" length charge and we offer a range of mooring terms. Mooring currently costs £119.50 per meter.
- Waste disposal facilities
- Pump out
- Gated entrance with key access for boat owners for added security
*Please note the Marina is only accessible to boat owners.
Our waters and open space can be hired for a range of events and is particularly suited to competitive running, triathlons and other open water activities. If you would like to run an event in this park, please visit our Outdoor Event Booking page.
Colwick Country Park, the house and parkland can be traced back to before 1362 where the ownership of the hall had passed through a number of families including the infamous Byrons and Musters. The current house dates from the late 18th century although there have been various modifications to the building and the design over the years.
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