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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Great family break

chris e, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Booked here for a 5 day break in June 2018. It’s been booked since October 2017 and cost approx. £450. We have stayed here before and came back because it was so relaxing. We stayed at the lodges at Leaplish of which there are 49 of varying sizes. When booking bear in mind the best lodges for views of the lake are the slightly more expensive 29-32 Hareshaw type (think that’s what they’re called). Which basically means they’ve got patio doors, a bigger living space, bigger bedrooms and a hot tub! These particular lodges (29-32) are quite exclusive and are not overlooked at all. There are some executive type lodges too that are bigger and have outdoor furniture and hot tubs. Some of the lodges, 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 are quite open at the back i.e. you can see right in the hot tubs whilst walking up the bank but on the plus side for them they have decent views and get the sun all day too. We turned up at 2pm for a 4pm check in time but unfortunately the lodge wasn’t ready. It’s pot luck. Sometimes they are sometimes they’re not. This wasn’t an issue as we just played mini golf (free) whilst waiting. The lodge was ready at 4pm as promised so we headed round then. We were allocated lodge number 28 (see photo of the plan) and unfortunately it’s opposite the ones that look over the water. Our hot tub was looking over the main road only slightly obscured by a few trees and a flimsy fence. Lovely lodge but unfortunately the entrance, windows and the front balcony were full of cobwebs. Inside was spotless but shame that didn’t extend to the entrance etc. Anyway, the open plan sitting area comes with a well stocked kitchen, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, toaster and kettle. There’s also a nice little starter pack with a brillo, dishwasher tabs and bin bags. You don’t get that at Cparcs! A 4 seater kitchen table is opposite the kitchen area which leads onto a corner sofa and armchair and the patio to then balcony. Off the main living area is cupboard space, a bathroom (with shower over bath, w/c and sink), twin room, master double bedroom (world’s smallest bed alert!) and ensuite with w/c, sink and shower. Both bathrooms have mirrors with lights around and unfortunately the weakest electric showers I’ve ever come across! They work and are warm but if you’re a big lad (as I am) then you’ll be there a while trying to get wet!! So the lodge is very comfortable, clean and well stocked. Hot tub is very warm and functional. We also had robes and slippers supplied (again don’t get that at cparcs!). Also outside is a chimenea, wooden patio furniture and a stand for bbq. (Bring your own, the shop is pricey”!) Also at lodge number 28 the sun doesn’t really show up much. There was some sun there at about 1pm until maybe 3pm (if you’re lucky!) otherwise because of the trees the tub gets virtually nil sun. Different story if you get the other lodges I said earlier though! Also at number 28 because of being so close to the trees (and in a forest in general) the midgies were a nightmare. That said, not enough to keep us out of the tub. We were here with our 2 kids 8 and 11 (ages not their names!) and obviously we brought bikes too. Lots of tarmac roads around the lodges but beware the road from the visitor centre to the lodges is quite a steep bank. Whichever way you go there’ll be a steep climb. Cars do have access too though and you can leave your car outside of the lodges all of your stay. There’s a fair bit to do too. There’s a small gym and pool (max occupancy 20) that needs booking in advance. Towels are supplied / available at the pool but it’s very small and with 20 in we thought it would be uncomfortable. It (the pool) also has a lovely sauna and steam room attached too and it’s free although you do have to book a session at reception. Don’t leave it to chance it’ll be empty because likelihood is you’ll not get in! It’s very clean and tidy and well decorated as are the changing rooms. The shop does stock essentials too which is handy as I forgot my trunks but picked some up here for £12. The shops sells most stuff but like I said it is a bit pricey (£3.70 for fish fingers, £2.50 for bag of chips, £2.85 M&Ms!). There’s quite a few activities for the kids too (see photo of itinerary) we booked crossbows (very good) at £10 each and water walkers at £5 each. We also did Go quest (orienteering without the compass or proper map!) which is complimentary but needs to be booked too. The eldest booked pana soccer too at £7.50. I would advise you have an idea of what you want to do when you’re there and book up as soon as you get there as things go quickly. The cycle tracks are excellent and there quite a few from Lealpish. You can cycle around the whole reservoir at 26 miles but be warned it is not for the once a year cyclist! The tracks are fine and it’s not that they are bobbly (although some are heavy gravel) etc it’s just that there are quite a lot of climbs and some of them quite big. Including one stretch of a full mile of climbing! However the views make it worthwhile and if you’ve got the time you can ,make it last all day should you wish. We headed to Kielder castle (which is 5.5miles one way) from Leaplish and although there are hills to climb they are quite fair, i.e. for every one up there’s usually a downhill straight after! Our 8 year old managed it there and back no problem although he was tired towards the end. There’s a lovely coffee shop in the castle when you get there to reward yourself with tea and cake! There’s also toilets and a bike shop before you make the transition from one side to the other of the reservoir if you decide to do the full 26 mile route. There’s a small coffee shop (the hide) at Leaplish and the main pub / restaurant. Unfortunately I can’t recommend the food as we thought it was awful. We ordered potato skins and garlic bread (to share) to start which were very small portions, but edible. For mains the kids ordered a margheritta and a pepperoni pizza, wife had burger and I had chilli and chips. We were all starving but all of the food was just bland and tasteless. Really not very nice! Not very good for £60! I told the barman this when I paid the bill as he did ask “was everything all right?” After I told him no and why, he apologised but that was it! On the bright side they did do Guinness on draught! There’s also loads of other stuff to book and do. Speedboats, boats, cruises, walks, caravan site (of which the facilities looked excellent) etc etc. Overall it’s a great place to stay to just unwind and relax. Be warned the phone signals are terrible (which was a bonus!) and there’s free wifi available at the main reception that drops out regularly! It’s miles from anywhere so pitch black at night but on the plus side the stars are simply stunning if you get a clear night. So either bring your own binoculars or check out the Kielder observatory if you are able. There must be a reason why Hoseasons gave it a Diamond award in 2017. We had a great time and there and hope you do to. Oh one final thing was the birds or something nesting in the rafters that could be heard scurrying and scratching every morning at 4am!

Wow what a place

far-to-hot, herts
I will start with the negatives first which there wasn’t many On the Wednesday evening we went down to the boat inn to enjoy dinner and was told sorry we are closed tonight but you can go into the hide and have dinner there which we did and found it not suitable for a dinner it’s small a dingy perfect for breakfast the staff had to keep going through to the bar to fetch drinks the reason for it being closed was a private function I don’t believe you should shut off the whole place when you have paying guests on site The hill to the loges is very steep ok for our family but I would think twice before taking my elderly mum as would need to use the car to get her up and down the hill Now the best bits All staff are really friendly and helpful We booked lodge 10 otterstone spa there was 2 adults 2 teens and 2 dogs our lodge was perfect size for all of us we took a small bbq with us and enjoyed this most nights with the hot tub all essentials were provided in the lodge we ordered Asda delivery for the day we arrived delivered to the lodge with no drama towels provided a kitchen welcome pack with sponges and clothes On site activities were fab our family done Body zorbs great price Panna soccer which is a great laugh Extended Segway tour very expensive but really worth it if u can afford it Sea scooters The activity team are top class and ensure safety while making it fun 👍 The lake is amazing we hired bikes from the bike place on site and managed to get around half the lake that was enough for us but what sites you will see. The boat inn We had Sunday dinner here wow 3 courses for 15.95 and wot a three course it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had I normally go abroad and it was the wife who talked me into this holiday would I give up a foreign holiday for here no but it’s definitely something I would do between foreign holiday so yes I would definitely come back

Fantastic holiday!

Ruth F, Accrington, United Kingdom
We visited Keilder Waterside for the first time with our two young children and stayed in lodge 6 for 4 nights. The location was perfect, and the views from our hot tub were amazing! The staff were all fantastic and we had a wonderful time. The one thing that did annoy me though, were the weeds. Around the lodges and in the grass around each lodge's picnic table, were really overgrown and nasty-looking weeds. But the worst places were in the children's playgrounds. It's such a shame because if the grass had been cut and the weeds treated, then the place would have been faultless, but those public areas just ended up looking a bit run-down. We will definitely return as we had a fantastic time though!

Work related visit.

cloggysusie, Co. Durham
The facilities were great. The views fantastic and the staff were extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Well worth a visit. I will be back again.


pedro19662018, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Just come back from our 2nd trip to this park and it was as great as the 1st time if not better. The new lodge was great (No 38) and was in a great position not too far from the main area of shops, reception and pub. The hot tub was so brilliant at nights and was great for chilling out and having a drink. Had a BBQ and the chiminea was great to use when it got a bit of the April chill late on. The fishing was great and my family did bike rides and all in all a brill time. Went to the pub on last night and had a great Sunday Lunch and our niece enjoyed the soft play area. Nice glass of prosecco on arrival and sorry to leave on last day but have booked again already to return next April 2019. Staff are brilliant and friendly as ever. Well Done for a great place to go all at Landal Kielder Waterside.



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