Kielder Waterside

Kielder Forest Park
NE48 1BT

01434 251 000

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Find within approx miles of Kielder Waterside


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 luxury four and five star self-catering lodges or the 58 pitch caravan site for motor homes and touring caravans).

Our onsite shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days week, purchase fresh produce, everyday essentials or unique gifts. Please be aware that due to licensing laws alcohol can not be served between 11pm and 10am.

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, fencing, crossbows (over 18's only), table tennis, Crazy Carts ,snorkelling & sea scooters (underwater propellers to power around the pool), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside an inflatable ball), disc golf, pentanque (French Boules). Pre-booking is essential.

Come here to;

  • Have coffee, lunch, an alcoholic beverage or an evening meal at the Boat Inn restaurant & bar. To find out more about the Boat Inn please visit  -
  • Go to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.
  • Enjoy a bistro style meal in our cosy café, The Hide.
  • 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. Both of these are part of Kielder Art & Architecture.
  • 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 luxury lodge as part of a Go Active break.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some  red squirrels, ospreys (seasonal) and salmon.


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Amazing location and fantastic service

We had a fantastic stay from start to finish. Genuinely friendly, helpful staff (I had a problem with the lights which turned out to be my ineptitude, but I called reception and a maintenance man was at the lodge in 90 seconds, on a Sunday, in a snow storm!!), great lodges which were clean and modern, with lots of little extra touches which firstly are very handy and secondly make it special. It's clearly been very well thought out. Lots to do in the local area via a short drive, or just nice walks out from the lodge itself. The on site pool is not massive, but well kept and warm and kept our toddler entertained. The on site pub was also very good (see separate review). I'd return in a heartbeat.

Could have been cleaner

The cabin we stayed in was poorly maintained and very dirty. We arrived to have to wash plates etc before we could use them and to a sofa that was past its best. We let this go and moved on. The hot tub was the highlight for us but the outside area again was dirty and poorly maintained. We decided to have a bath with the jets on. Before getting in we noticed when we put the jets on mould would appear in the water. Disgusting. In the second bathroom the shower was also surrounded by mould and the floor had mould on it too. The curtains were dirty and one of the bedrooms had men’s underwear under the bed. Definitely not ours! The site itself is nice but the cabin was horrible and in the end we checked out early and came home


Just returned from a 4 night stay at kielder waterside (11th -15th March), staying in Beech Premier Spa, lodge number 41. Lodge was amazing and lovely and warm on arrival with television and fire on. Heating easy to control with thermostat on wall, 24 hours a day. All equipment and fittings of very high quality. The hot tub was brilliant, so quiet and relaxing at night. All staff very friendly and helpful. Lots of lovely walks, scenery and wildlife on site.Time went in so quickly.

Loved every minute

Gemma B, Durham, United Kingdom
Just returned from a 4 night break in a willow platinum bbq lodge and we loved it, lodge was amazing, clean, comfortable with everything we needed. Hot tub was great and bbq hut was a brilliant way to spend an evening. Used pool which was great, sauna and steam as you would expect. Kids (3 & 7) did some kids activity clubs and really enjoyed them, Adam was great at his job and with kids. Must visit the bird centre (reviewed separately) Staff great, shop well stocked. Only negative is if you use Vodafone be prepared to go off grid for the week as no signal(if you do crazy golf or sit on deck chairs it works there) however there is a free to use phone in lodge. Wifi was ok once signed in. Overall we loved it can't wait to go back.

Family holiday

Laura C, York, United Kingdom
We just arrived home after 4 nights at Kielder Waterside (Leaplish). We had such a fantastic trip! I didn’t realise just how picturesque the views would be. Also we thought the facilities and lodge were brilliant. We stayed in a Hareshaw Spa with lake view. The hot tub was brilliant with the lake view in front of us and at night, the stars were incredible! My one regret was not booking into the observatory. The staff are all so friendly and helpful and little touches like sweets for the journey home were lovely. We will be back!



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