Statement on Coronavirus
Willen Lake Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated 24th June 2020
Following a review of the UK government guidelines around outdoor activities, we are now able to re-introduce more of our activities at Willen Lake.
From 4 July 2020 we will be opening Treetop Extreme our high ropes course and some of our watersport courses.
We have been working hard behind the scenes with the relevant national governing bodies to adapt our operations, ensuring we have a safe and fun experience for our visitors. Sessions have been adapted and we’ve reduced capacities to support social distancing. There will be an enhanced cleaning regime in place for equipment, and multiple points for our customers to access hand wash or hand sanitisation stations.
Wakeboarding will also remain open for competent riders and from 4 July riders who do not own their own equipment will be able to hire the necessary equipment from Willen Lake.
Open Water Swimming is now available at Willen Lake for competent swimmers. For information and how to book, please click here.
All participants taking part in our watersport courses will be given their own equipment upon arrival that has been sanitised, there will be no sharing of crafts or equipment during these sessions. Sessions will be a maximum of 6 people including the instructor and social distancing will be maintained.
Pedalos will also be available for hire at Willen Lake. Subject to weather conditions our hire centre will be open every day from 11am – 6pm. Please note that this activity cannot be booked online in advance and will operate on a first come first serve basis, we ask where possible that you pay by card. All equipment and Pedalos will be cleaned between use and must only be used by members of the same household or social bubble.
Splash ‘n’ Play will currently remain closed until further notice. Our team are working hard to see how they could safely open to our visitors.
We ask everyone participating in to activities to adhere to government guidance on social distancing and if you feel unwell, or anyone in your household has symptoms, we ask that you please do not visit Willen Lake and follow the government advice to self-isolate.
Events and School Bookings
All of our events are currently postponed until next year, please keep an eye on our social channels for more information. We will contact anyone affected, directly.
Our Public Toilets are now open at Willen lake daily between 10am - 4:30pm, these will be regularly cleaned and monitored by our team, please follow onsite signage for guidance on accessing the toilet facilities.
The Café, One4six will also be open for takeaway as will our other food concessions at Willen Lake. Where possible we ask customers to pay by card and preferably by using contactless payment.
Fishing is now permitted but this is subject to having the appropriate licences and can only take place in demarked areas. No night fishing is permitted. See MK Angling Association.
In order to protect lives, we must all follow the latest government advice in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The latest Government guidance indicates that you can now;
- spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
- exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
- Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen. Outdoor sports courts are allowed to open if those responsible for them can open them safely. This includes basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private), playing fields and water sports.
- At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
- You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance.
- 1-2-1 personal training can now take place with social distancing
- You cannot use an outdoor gym or playground.
If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household has symptoms, we ask that you please do not visit Willen Lake and follow the government advice to self-isolate.
We will continue to follow latest government advice and will update our statements and website as soon as we can.