Family Fun

Family Fun


Please note this is based on summer opening times.

Friday evening

After enjoying a scenic drive make yourself at home in your comfortable lodge – the Boat Inn restaurant and bar is on-site for your evening meal if no one feels like cooking!


Early risers will catch a beautiful sunrise over Kielder Water. Start your adventure with a visit to Kielder Castle and the Duchess art gallery. Kids can enjoy playing in the adventure playground or exploring the Minotaur maze while you stop for coffee at the Duke’s Pantry. Nearby is the Kielder Salmon Centre for an interesting introduction into the life of the salmon.

Take a drive back to Leaplish Waterside Park and get the Osprey ferry for outstanding views around Kielder Water to Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and its interactive exhibition. Now is a great time to stop for lunch at Café on the water.

Hop on the ferry back to Leaplish Waterside Park for a spot of mini golf and so the kids can play on the castles in the play garden. If it threatens to rain, take advantage of the heated swimming pool and sauna. We recommend that you prebook your swim or sauna at Leaplish. For a special evening treat, why not check if there are any events on at Kielder Observatory where you can spend the night star gazing under the darkest night skies in England.


Take an early morning stroll or bike ride along a stretch of the Lakeside Way – a new multi-user trail that encircles Kielder Water stretching for 27 miles. See how much wildlife you can spot on your travels (there is also a wildlife garden at Leaplish Waterside Park as well as Bakethin conservation area for those with a keen interest).

If you didn’t bring your own bikes you can hire them from The Bike Place or Purple Mountain. Ask in one of our visitor centres for the best section of the trail to suit you and if any parts of the trail are closed for operation reasons. It’s always best to check the ferry timetable before setting off too.

After lunch it is definitely worth paying a visit to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre based at Leaplish Waterside Park. They care for a whole host of birds including owls, falcons and vultures as well as two fallow deer, two wallabies, guinea pigs and red squirrels.

Expect a ‘hands on’ experience through daily flying demonstrations, hunting days, hawk walks, falconry courses and school visits. You’ll even get the chance to feed two of the largest flying birds in the world, a pair of Great White Pelicans called Elisabeth and Giff.

Round off your visit with a trip to the wildlife garden at Leaplish Waterside Park where the little ones can discover a whole host of wildlife as well our new, human sundial.

Places and distances

Leaplish Ferry
NE48 1BT

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Kielder Water & Forest Park is now closed to the visiting public.

The health and welfare of the public is extremely important to us here at Kielder Water & Forest Park and the steps being taken by our partners are designed to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus disease, in line with government advice.

Northumbrian Water sites closed include Kielder Waterside, Tower Knowe and all associated facilities including toilets.

With views of the reservoir Kielder Waterside is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new locally sourced menus throughout the day.

Approx 0.22 mile(s) between Kielder Waterside and The Osprey Ferry
Osprey Ferry
NE48 1ER



Please note the Osprey Ferry is currently not running.

 If you require any further information on the Ferry Timetable please contact 01434 251000.


Approx 2.54 mile(s) between The Osprey Ferry and Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
NE48 1BX

Tower Knowe, the gateway centre to Kielder Water & Forest Park, is an ideal location to orientate yourself and find out what you can do and where. Interactive exhibition, Cafe on the water, gift shop, ferry rides around the lake and fishing.

Approx 6.82 mile(s) between Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and Kielder Observatory
Star trails
NE48 1EJ

Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water & Forest Park run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Please visit for all event bookings.

Approx 1.41 mile(s) between Kielder Observatory and Lakeside Way
Kielder Water
NE48 1ER

Thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience.

Approx 4.15 mile(s) between Lakeside Way and Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre
Owl at Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre
NE48 1BT

Visit one of the largest and most fascinating collections of birds of prey in the North of England, located within the magnificent forest lakeside surrounding Kielder Water.

Open daily except for Christmas Day.  April to mid October 10.30am-4.30pm. Mid October to March 10.30am-4.00pm.  For more information please go to

Approx 4.1 mile(s) between Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre and Kielder Salmon Centre
NE48 1HX


Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to 30th September, is operated by the Environment Agency.

A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon, and an outdoor artwork.

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