Daventry Country Park: Facilities and Information

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General Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE - COVID-19 UPDATE

The Country Park and its car park are open to visitors, but we would urge people to maintain at least a two-metre distance from others while visiting, and to avoid areas if they look too busy.

PLEASE NOTE: The cafe, visitor centre and toilets are all closed for refurbishment. We hope to reopen these facilities as quickly as possible, but please be aware that in the meantime there are no toilet facilities on site.


Opening hours

Daventry Country Park is open 365 days a year with facilities open daily (excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day)        
  

Parking

A £2 parking charge is payable between 8am and 8pm. Please be aware that the pay and display machines at the park are cash-only. This charge is payable every day of the year (including Bank Holidays) and applies to the main car park as well as the overflow parking area.

Regular users of Daventry Country Park can buy a parking season ticket. Annual passes run from the month of purchase until 31st March. The annual cost is £72 (the equivalent to £6 per month) or calculated on a pro-rata basis, for example a pass purchased in June would cost £60.

Please note there is a £19 administration charge to change the details on a permit, or to replace a lost permit.

Form more information and to apply for a parking permit please contact the Council on 01327 871100


Toilets

Toilets are situated next to the Raisborough Centre and include a baby changing area and a disabled toilet. They are open from 9am to 5pm during peak season and 9am until 4pm in winter (excluding Christmas day and New Year's Day).Please note: the toilets at the Country Park are currently closed.

Find out more information about the toilet refurbishment on our Park improvements page


Raisborough Centre

The visitors centre was originally known as Reservoir Cottage and was occupied by the keeper of the reservoir until 1984. Following renovations the cottage was opened in 1987 as a visitors centre with wardens office and study room which it has remained until 2019. In March 1997, the centre was named in honour of a dedicated volunteer; Ken Raisborough.

The visitors centre is currently closed for refurbishment works. The centre will host a new indoor seating area for the cafe along with information for visitors and the upstairs room will be the rangers office with classroom facilities for small groups. The works are now due to be completed in July 2020.


Reservoir Cafe

Please note the Reservoir Cafe is currently closed for refurbishment work.

Find out more information about the cafe improvements on our Park improvements page

The café provides delicious hot and cold food, a variety of hot and cold drinks with a range of light meals and snacks and a large selection of ice creams and sweets.

The café can provide covered seating for 20 people and is open from 9am to 5pm (summertime), 9am to 4pm (wintertime) and 9am to 2pm on Sundays and Bank holidays.  

Visitors can also buy bags of seed to feed to the resident ducks, geese and swans as well as purchasing maps to have a go at the park's permanent orienteering course.


Community Orchard

The orchard is planted only with British varieties and many are local to Northamptonshire. This area is dedicated to preserving our local history whilst providing a tranquil place for the community to enjoy. 

Each January the orchard is "Wassailed" (an Anglo-Saxon word meaning good health). This is an ancient tradition, designed to scare bad spirits away from the orchard and to ensure a bountiful harvest for the community's benefit.


Conservation grazing

Sheep are currently grazing in the meadows at the park as part of our ongoing conservation programme. The meadows provide fantastic grazing for the sheep, and allowing them to graze helps to improve the biodiversity of this area.

Please can we ask all dog walkers to ensure that their dogs are on leads and under control while walking near the sheep and in the meadows, and that all park users make sure they shut gates behind them. Find out more advice from the National Sheep Association here


Local Nature Reserve

In 2007, Daventry District Council designated the southern part of the reservoir and the area of land around it and the grit trap as a Local Nature Reserve. 

The southern section of the park is particularly rich in natural resources and presents an opportunity for the maintenance of an area where local people and visitors alike can observe an abundant variety of plants and wildfowl in undisturbed surroundings.

The Local Nature Reserve Committee are a group of appropriate persons wishing to assist the objectives of the LNR Committee.  Download the Park's Management and Development plan

Find out more information about Local Nature Reserves  on the Natural England website


Commemorate by planting a tree or installing a bench

Commemorate a person or event, or celebrate a major milestone in life, through the planting of a tree or having a bench installed at Daventry Country Park or Borough Hill. Download the information sheet and application form.

 

Barbecues

We have designated areas in the park where barbecues may be permitted - please consult with the duty ranger on the day for permission and preferred location. Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently not allowing barbecues at the Park.


Metal detecting

Please be advised that Daventry District Council does not permit metal detecting in any council owned public open space.


 

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