9 ways to make the most out of a day out at Aqua Park Rutland

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Make your visit to the Aqua Park into a Day out at Rutland water

If you’re frantically racking your brains for ways to keep your ever-energized kids entertained this summer, do not fear-  we’ve got you covered with many great activities readily available around the Aqua Park at Rutland Water so you and your family can keep busy enjoying the great outdoors over the school summer holidays without breaking the bank.

Here is your guide to help you make the most of all the many things to do when you visit Rutland Water this summer.

1.The Aqua Park

We begin at the Aqua Park where your kids will have just finished a fun-filled hour of splashing around (and hopefully allowing you some downtime), so now they’re hungry and ready to eat, what to do? Luckily the Aqua Park is surrounded by places to eat and drink! 

If you are planning on joining us at the Aqua Park this summer, online booking is essential and visits take about 2.5hrs from arriving and checking in. 

2. Hungry for more?

Located a couple of hundred metres from the Aqua Park, The Harbour Cafe serves hot and cold food and refreshments within a few hundred metres of the Aqua Park. There is also another café a short walk away close to the cycling centre. Both have stunning views over the reservoir. 

Alternatively, you can picnic anywhere on site, along with BBQs as long as they are not directly in contact with the ground. The car parking at Whitwell is extensive and has large open fields with great views of the reservoir. We recommend parking up in a quiet spot with a view – then you don’t have to carry all the kit with you and can set up camp near the car. Bringing a frisbee or football never goes amiss for the kids who never seem to get tired!

So now everyone is fed and happy, awaiting eagerly for another activity to dive into (pardon the pun).

Luckily for you, we can provide ample information on some of the best things to do during your day out at Rutland Water, you’re welcome.

3. Rutland Watersports centre

Why not get back out on the water and soak up the sun in a much more relaxed & civilized fashion? The Rutland Watersports Centre is located just next to the Aqua Park and there you can kayak, canoe, paddle board, windsurf, sail, rent a rowing boat or even test your problem solving and teamwork skills by building a raft.

4. A Sophisticated Staycation 

If you’re looking to unwind without getting into your swimmers, hop on board the Rutland Belle. It is located next to the Aqua Park at Whitwell creek, they offer pleasure boat cruises around Rutland Water, available for public or private hire. This is really a great way to see the reservoir and, with a licensed bar on board, the Rutland Belle is the perfect opportunity to feel like you’re on a mini holiday. Look out for their Gin cruise events, we would highly recommend those too!

You could stop off at Normanton Church for a stroll and use the Belle to then take you back. The Church was saved from a watery grave when the valley was flooded to create Rutland Water. It’s a striking and beautiful landmark and from its unique position on the water, Normanton Church almost looks like it’s floating. The best part? You can even get married there!

For more information contact 01572 787630 or visit the official website

5. On your bike!

Still ready for action? Rutland Cycling is located near the Aqua Park too. Rutland Cycling offers quality hire bikes, perfect for exploring up to 23 miles of traffic-free cycling around Britain’s largest man-made lake. Ideal for group bookings, families or just hire a bike on your own and explore the area. It hosts the UK’s largest fleet of hire bikes, including electric bikes, adult mountain bikes, comfy cruiser bikes, tandems, children’s bikes, tag-a-longs and buggies, plus helmets, child seats and comfy saddle covers – you can even pre-book a Cyclists’ Picnic, including food, drink, basket and blanket. Book online or by phone on 01780 460705.

6. Let’s go to the beach

We all know beaches are the key to a great staycation. No need to drive all the way to the sea for your day out in Rutland however, just take a gentle 15 minute stroll around the reservoir to the Sykes Lane Beach. Yes, we have a sandy beach! We know it’s hard to believe, so there’s a picture to prove it…

It’s the perfect place to get that much-needed summer tan and to cool off on a hot day. You can take a dip here too as it has a manned lifeguarded swimming area. Pure bliss.

7. Test your teeing

While you’re over at Sykes Lane you can test your skills on the mini golf course and unleash your competitive side. Get some hole-in-ones solo, fight your friends or take your kids along so they can beat you.

If you’re interested in animals, you will love exploring the world of creepy-crawlies in Bugtopia at the Rutland Zoo  – Perfect for the little ones!

8. Big fish in a big pond

Although predominantly a Trout fly fishery, we do allow Predator fishing at certain times of the year. For those keen to hit the water, the Rutland Water Fishing Lodge is your starting point for boats, permits, tackle and tuition. 

Contact us or call 01780 686441 for more information or to book your boat.

9. Camp out


If the excitement of the Aqua Park and the rest of the reservoir has made you reluctant to leave (we have that effect on people), you may fancy making your day out into a cheeky weekend holiday, camping is also available onsite so you can have the time to explore even more of the wide range of activities we have available at the reservoir. Head to their website to look for bookings and inquiries. 


With all these activities to keep you busy, we believe you’ve got the perfect guide to piece together a great family day out full of activities and watersports in the great outdoors. We hope you also find the time to enjoy some rest and relaxation at Rutland Water too. We’ve given you the key to a great summer, so come and enjoy while the sun is shining!

We look forward to seeing you for a splash soon!

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