Kielder Waterside

Kielder Forest Park
NE48 1BT

01434 251 000

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With panoramic views of the reservoir, this is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities.

Facilities are open to both day visitor and guests (staying in the woodland four and five star self-catering lodges or the 99 pitch caravan site for motor homes and touring caravans).

Visitors have access to professional training and tuition for a range of mainstream sporting activities to suit everyone as part of a ‘Go Active Break’. Go Active is ideal for those looking to get active, try out new sports and enjoy a healthier holiday.

Activities include archery and junior archery,Crossbows (over 18's only),fencing, table tennis, Fundamentals (gymnastics for young children), 'Snorkelling & Seascooters'(underwater propellers to power around the pool), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside an inflatable ball) and disc golf. Pentanque (French Boules)Pre-booking is essential.

We are hoping to add some new and exciting activities by the start of the Summer holidays.

Come here to:

  • Have coffee, lunch, an alcoholic beverage or an evening meal at the Boat Inn restaurant & bar.
  • Go to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.
  • Board the Osprey ferry (subject to pre-booking and timetable).
  • Start a walk or bike ride along the Lakeside Way.
  • Unwind in the sauna or swim in the heated indoor pool (pre-booking required).
  • Play minature golf or try out the children's play area.
  • Visit the red squirrel hide.
  • Shop for souvenirs.
  • Hire pleasure boats (seasonal).
  • Hire fishing boats (pre-booking essential).
  • Purchase fishing permits and get up to date information.
  • Stay in a woodland lodge as part of a Go Active break.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some of the Kielder Super Six - red squirrels, ospreys (seasonal) and salmon. See the wildlife page for details about the Super Six.

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A cafe with no buns cakes or scones 🙁

Ian C, Rotherham, United Kingdom
We used the cafe at Kielder Waterside for our morning coffee stop on our way from Peebles to South Yorkshire. It was around 10.30 when we arrived, the restaurant was closed but the cafe was open. The cafe had coffees or tea BUT they didn't have any scones or cakes at all. They said "we don't do scones or cakes and the nearest place to get them is a couple of miles down the road" They only had breakfast items such as bacon eggs etc etc. Not impressed with the cafe but the Osprey watch just around the corner of the cafe building was great.

Another great trip

Elle E, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Our second time here, this time we upgraded to an Otterstone but all the hot tub ones were already booked. The layout and size was excellent, I much preferred it to the Redesdale we stayed in last time. The view was significantly better although the Otterstones with hot tubs in front of us seemed full of people who stewed in the hot tub from dawn until dusk while their dogs roamed free as the gardens are open plan without fencing. I did like the little touches such as tea and coffee left in the lodge and midge spray but the complementary toiletries contained several hair conditioners and only one tiny shower gel between us so could not be relied upon. The arrival was chaotic, not all of the lodges were ready by 4pm which is unacceptable given such a late check in time. Some were ready but keys weren't handed over until 4pm. Instead welcome drinks of Prosecco and orange juice were offered meaning too many people were milling around the small reception. It seemed an unnecessary extra and was more in keeping with the hot tub market than the outdoors adventure holiday it had been previously. The pub on site was fully booked for dinner when we arrived at 5:30 although they did allow us to use a table that was reserved at a later time eventually. Service was slow and haphazard but the food was enjoyable although expensive for what it was. The Osprey ferry only runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays and that meant only one option to use it on our 3 night stay. They also decided to run the morning schedule only (ie two ferries) cancelling the afternoon services for no apparent reason which made it difficult to get out and return later. We opted to just do the full circle in one instead. The new lodges are now in situ but did not appeal to me for their forest setting in the area formally used for touring caravans. They seemed very dark with sunlight unable to get through the trees, I prefer the opportunity to sit outside in the sun where there are less midges. The pool was excellent as always, the changing area is useful for families with about 4 large cubicles and the lockers are free. You do need to book as only 20 people can use the pool at any one time. The volunteers manning osprey watch were lovely and very good with the children. We enjoyed building our own wooden Ospreys and using the telescopes. We enjoyed Tower Knowe visitor centre and Kielder castle, excellent cake in the cafe! The Gruffalo trail was great for young children but you need to download the app before you go as no signal at all and some of the trail would be difficult with a buggy or pram. Our 6 year old managed to walk it without difficulties. The toll drive is only suitable for 4x4 vehicles so we couldn't do it. This costs £12. Parking is £5 a day (we visited before check in so didn't have a free pass at that stage). You need coins for the meter as there is no attendant or change machine. It is advertised that cash back is available in the shops as no cash points around but I was refused as they didn't have a big enough float so bring cash with you, plus plenty of snacks etc. The shop sold more gifts than food produce and biscuits and cakes were rather more artisan and therefore expensive than our children actually required. All in all we loved the break but as an outdoors holiday, the attempts at luxury fell short for us. We'd stay again but only if there was a reasonable discount as it isn't always the best value compared with other options.

Escape. to nature

shevwig, Wigan, United Kingdom
Great place for getting back to nature with plenty to do,the lodges were perfect with hot tubs on the balcony where you can sit ,drink,and look at the stars.a great 👍 place to unwind and enjoy life as it is ment to be.

Beautiful, beautiful and even more beautiful.

Stuart C, Redcar
What can one say about being in one of the most beautiful places in this lovely green and pleasant land of our country. Outstanding views of natural beauty that takes your breath away. Totally relaxing and peaceful sat by the waters edge watching all the different kinds of wildlife. Even with he children happily playing close by the serenity of the place was not spoilt at all. Definitely be returning to the wonder of nature.

Lovely Lodge and Area.

Superdude53, Co Durham
First visit and we have already booked our return. Lodge was first class, brand new, clean, well equipped. Pub and shop were very good and dog friendly., Surrounding area was great for walks, our little Pug absolutely loved it. Looking forward to our return already.



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