The Cotswold Water Park is an area of over 40 square miles and 180 lakes, with many different leisure providers, and a variety of places to stay. This stunning wetlands landscape hosts tens of thousands of breeding and watering birds and is an ideal destination for watching wildlife all year round.

Cotswold Lakes Trust is a charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of the Cotswold Water Park for the benefit of wildlife and people..

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Cotswold Lakes Trust Membership

Join the Cotswold Lakes Trust and get a range of benefits, whilst helping us make the Cotswold Water Park a better place for wildlife and people.

With 12 months membership from just £24, you get:

  • Free parking for 12 months at all Cotswold Lakes Trust run car parks: Neigh Bridge Country Park, Clayhill, Bridge, Lakeside, Waterhay and Riverside Park in Lechlade.
    (Single membership – one vehicle / Joint & Family membership – two vehicles)
  • 15% discount off all purchases from the Gateway Cafe
  • 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • 10% discount off food at Lakeside Brasserie
  • 10% discount off food and drinks at Jennies Kitchen
  • 10% discount off watersports at Lakeside Ski & Wake
  • Priority booking and discounts on events
  • Members’ newsletter
  • Voting rights at AGM
  • Family membership also includes a copy of the new Family Activities Booklet and 25% off the admission charge to Cotswold Country Park & Beach (excluding peak season).

    Please note that Cotswold Lakes Trust membership does not include free entrance to Cotswold Country Park & Beach.

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Seasonal Information

August accommodation available
There are many places to stay in the Cotswold Water Park from glamping to family lodges and hotel accommodation, and there is still availability during August. Please see Places to Stay for more information.

Cotswold Water Park Information Point is located inside the Gateway Centre and is operated by Cotswold Lakes Trust volunteers, in agreement with The Relish Group. The information point is open every day until 4th September.

Book Ahead
The Cotswold Water Park can become very busy during the summer months, particularly during school holidays and on Bank Holidays. Please book any activities or restaurants in advance to avoid disappointment. Contact details of leisure operators are on the website.

Car Parking
All of the Cotswold Lakes Trust’s car parks are open 7 days a week. We ask that visitors utilise the ‘Covid-free’ RingGo card payment option at all our sites, to avoid the need to touch parking machines – we recommend downloading the RingGo app in advance of your visit. Cotswold Lakes Trust members park for free, so if you are a regular visitor then we would encourage you to join us here:
Cotswold Lakes Trust Membership

Todays Weather

Cotswold Water Park
August 16, 2022, 8:42 am
real feel: 16°C
current pressure: 1010 mb
humidity: 87%
wind speed: 4 mph N
wind gusts: 7 mph
sunrise: 5:54 am
sunset: 8:29 pm

Reporting Incidents
Please see REPORT which provides links of where to report incidents which happen in the Cotswold Water Park.

Lake Swimming
Please only swim in lakes which are specifically operated for water activities. Lakes may look inviting but can be dangerous. Swimming is not permitted at Neigh Bridge.

We would also like to remind all visitors that maintenance of sites is extremely challenging at busy times, so please help us by keeping dogs on a lead, and taking your litter and dog waste home with you.

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Two new trustees join Cotswold Lakes Trust

Two new trustees join Cotswold Lakes Trust

Two new trustees have been welcomed to Cotswold Lakes Trust. Tom Corran is an experienced finance and communication professional with more than 40 years in business. His varied international career included spells in the City of London in the 1980s as a beverage...

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Sand Martins

Sand Martins

Every spring our skies see the return of those most effortless of fliers; the Swifts, Swallows and Martins. The Swifts usually look for nest sites under roof tiles of older houses, Swallows search for accessible out buildings, using ledges and beams to support a nest,...

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