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 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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Lindsey H, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
We booked this on the fact that there was a soft play area for our 1 year old, along with there being an indoor pool. On our first day whilst waiting to check in we sat in the bar area waiting for our lodge to be ready. Whilst there, the soft play area was being cleared away. Upon querying this we were told there was a corporate event on. This was on the Monday. I asked when it would be back in and was told Thursday! Virtually the duration of our holiday! Given this was one of the reasons we booked, disappointed didn’t cover it. This left us with limited things to do to entertain a 1 year old as the pool was booked out most of the days for activities. Thursday morning I called and asked what time the soft play would be going back in, to be told they were short staffed and it may not happen! I did complain and it did go back in. This left us with 1 afternoon of soft play. For what we paid, we received no notification that things would be shut due to this corporate event and felt mis lead during booking. We will not be returning.

Could have been so much better

Sharron C,
We stayed in one of the spa lodges. On the positive the kitchen was well equipped and the setting is pretty and my three old grandson enjoyed the activities. If you have older children then the activities need paying for which could be quite costly. There the positive stops. The mattress on the beds were cheap and uncomfortable. We couldn't open the doors or windows or sit out on the patio or use the not tub due to the mass amount of midges. The internet was none existent and we were unable to even open emails. The free view was 6 channels with no tv guide! We had to book into the tiny swimming pool a maximum of one hour and the steam room was not working and no attempt to fix it during our stay. The air pillow was only inflated at lunchtime even though parents supervised and not staff. If the sun was on it then it became to hot too walk on and in the evening couldn't be used due to the midges. There isn't any car parking by the lodges themselves and we had 4 disabled members of family - we hadn't been advised it this and the site require hilly. Also not on Website. Staff gave mixed messages and did not seem to know what they were talking about. Would not return.

Not to be missed!

Gail H,
Walking or driving, this is such a beauty spot. Kielder Park is a renowned, world class, leading example of conservation and environmental management. Don’t miss it if you get the chance to go!

Fantastic, will be back again

Patrick02424, Paris, France
Just returned from a 4 day break here and highly recommend it. Our 4 yr old loved the play areas and other kids things available. A much smaller scale to a center parcs set up and we much prefer this. The site was fully booked but you wouldn't think it as it was reallt quiet and chilled out. Lodges have everything you would need and loads of free extras that you don't get many places. A pleasure to drive to here through the beautiful and historic Northumberland countryside. We are already planning our next trip.


pedro19662018, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Our 4th visit back to our Chill Out place in my home county. This place gets better everyime we come and the lodge we stayed in this time was the Cheviot Spa at the top of the hill with great views of the Reservoir and hills. Lodge was large for our party and split on two levels. Plenty of room and everything you need including a verandah with views and parking outside for two vehicles. The outside area was large and roomy with the usual table and chairs and of course as it is a Spa Lodge we had the fabulous hot tub as usual. A Hot Tub is a must for the ultimate chill out and we had our chiminea and bbq area to utilise. The restaurant and bar were great as usual and the swimming pool and health spa area was tip top. Plenty of walks, cycling and fishing is great as have fished at Kielder for last 10 years. Staff throughout the Waterside Park and bar / retaurant / shop / reception all very friendly and helpful as always. Recommend this for a weekend stay or week as plenty to do. Weather a bonus but with a hot tub we dont care. Booked already for 5th visit next May 2020 and cannot wait.



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