BLUE-GREEN ALGAL BLOOMS
HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ARE PRESENT IN ALL LAKES NOW.
SWALLOWING THE WATER OR ALGAL SCUM OR SHORELINE MATS CAN CAUSE STOMACH UPSETS, RASHES, SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR BLISTERS!
IT IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS TO ANIMALS AND IN SOME CASES CAN BE FATAL.
PLEASE DO NOT SWIM, PADDLE OR IN ANYWAY ENTER THE WATER.
FISHING IS ALSO PROHOBITED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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.Tell us about a Problem with Play Area Equipment
There are some fantastic opportunities to photograph a rich diversity of wildlife including butterflies, dragonflies and a large number of migratory birds including the nationally important population of wildfowl that are present during the winter.
The park is located approximately 4 kilometres East of the City Centre.
By Car: there are two FREE car parks that serve the park; at the end of Racecourse road, past Nottingham Racecourse and Colwick Hall Hotel (NG2 4BH) and off Daleside Road East (adjacent the Starting Gate Public house, NG2 4DX). There is also parking available at River Road, off Mile End Road (NG4 2EW). This car park has a charge of £2 (cash only) and is only between the hours of 09:00 – 16:00.
By Public transport: The site is serviced by public transport, please visit the Nottingham City Transport website for further details.
- 24 acre West Lake
- 65 acre Main Lake
- Educational Facilities
- Wildlife Areas
- Dogs Welcome
- Free entry (barrier charge for cars at River Road)
- Car Parking
- 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. Open water swimming sessions are run by WholeHealth - for further details on sessions days and times and how to book please visit Wholly Healthy.
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 £134.00 per metre.
- 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.
Colwick Country Park