Things to do at Daventry Country Park

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Daventry Country Park offers something for the whole family to enjoy - from strolls around the reservoir, to a fun-packed afternoon in the adventure playground, you're sure to find something to enjoy time and time again.

Upcoming events

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Santa Stop

Tuesday 21 December, from 10am

£1.50 per child

Father Christmas will be returning to Daventry Country Park for this special event. Booking is required so please book your place here

Meeting Father Christmas is just £1.50 per child and each child will receive a special present from Santa. Recommended for children up to 11 years old.

Slots are available throughout the morning, and we are also offering a quieter SEN session at 12.30pm, which will be quieter and calmer with less people about - just Santa and one of his helpers.

The Santa Stop has been organised with the Rotary Club of Danetre Daventry. Proceeds and any donations made on the day will go towards the Rotary Christmas charity campaign to support causes local to Daventry.

Families visiting are reminded to make sure they wrap up in warm clothes as some waiting will be outside due to space and distancing and that youngsters are accompanied by an adult. The Reservoir Café will be open for hot and cold food and refreshments. 

Great activities you can enjoy at the park

Open water swimming

We are now able to offer open water swimming at Daventry during the summer months. Working with Northamptonshire Sport, Rugby Triathlon Club and Daventry Dolphins, open water swim sessions are available on Sunday mornings from May through to October. Find out more information and  book open water swimming on the Northamptonshire Sport website 

The Swimming season is now complete and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2022.

Swimming is not permitted outside of the scheduled swimming sessions. Anyone found swimming outside of the sessions will be required to leave the site.


Non-powered water sports

We have a limited number of permits available for those wishing to use the reservoir for non-powered water sports during the summer months. Non-powered water sports include paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and model boating. For full information, terms and to apply, download our  non-powered water sports application form New applications are now closed due to full capacity. Applications will be considered from February 2022.


Water Safety 

More than 400 people accidentally drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have non-fatal experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries. Please only enter the reservoir during a scheduled session and with prior permission. 

Even on the warmest days, the shock of the cold water can make swimming difficult and increase the difficulty in getting out of the water, the depth of the water changes and can be unpredictable, there are underwater objects and hazards that may not be visible and the water quality may be poor on occasions e.g. toxic algal blooms or industrial/agricultural pollution. 

Find out more information on staying safe near open water


The Adventure Playground

Daventry Country Park has an exciting adventure playground, with something for all ages. There is a castle-themed fort with slides, a net bridge, a climbing wall, a variety of swings, a spring-mounted jeep ride, a smaller fort for toddlers, and a zip wire among other items of equipment.

Designed for children of all abilities, the play area features a range of inclusive activities, including a Glockenspiel play panel and talk tubes, a basket swing, and swings with inclusive seats with harnesses for children who have a limited ability to hold themselves upright.

PLEASE NOTE

Please read this guidance and ensure you follow the rules to help keep everyone safe while visiting the play area:

  • This is shared equipment and is used at your own risk.
  • The equipment is regularly checked for damage and wear and tear but it is not sanitised or disinfected. Please apply hand sanitiser before and after using equipment and encourage children to avoid touching their faces.
  • Please ensure children maintain a distance of 2 metres from others unless they are from the same household.
  • Children must only use items of equipment by themselves or with members of their own household. The only exception to this is the large fort, which is limited to a maximum of four children at any one time, so long as they maintain social distancing. Signs are in place to remind you of this.
  • Where appropriate please wipe equipment after use.
  • Don't stay too long on a piece of equipment - let others have a turn.
  • If the play area looks too busy, please go for a walk and come back when there are less people.
  • If you are wearing disposable PPE or using tissues or wipes, please take them home with you. Do not litter.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

Picnic Areas

There are several designated picnic areas and benches throughout the park, positioned to provide rest areas in peaceful locations or affording relaxing views of the park. Please ensure to take all your litter home with you and protect our park and wildlife.


Circular and Nature Trails

Stroll along one of the parks three circular trails including the 2.5 mile Reservoir Walk, 1.5 mile Meadow Walk and 1 mile Woodland Walk. The new woodland walk has 20 markers featuring etching plaques depicting a range of different animals and insects. Bring a piece of paper and some crayons or a pencil to complete your etchings and see how many you can find. Routes are marked around the park and on the information maps available at the park entrance and outside the Raisborough Centre.

There is also a nature trail created with help from pupils at  Falconers Hill School and volunteers from Cummins which features six information boards dotted around the park. Download the natural trail booklet


Fishing

The reservoir is open all year round and fishing is permitted from dawn to dusk. No night fishing is allowed at any time.  

Day tickets are available in advance from the Rangers office, and cost

  • Adult £8 (up to two rods)
  • Concession £3 (up to two rods)
  • Junior £3 (one rod only)

Anglers must possess a valid Environment Agency rod licence. Anybody fishing over the age of 13 must have a current rod licence.   Obtaining a rod licence from the Environment Agency  

Download the rules for fishing at Daventry Country Park


Orienteering

Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport which involves finding the quickest route between control points using a special map to navigate. Participants must exercise their brain as well as their body to complete the course.

The courses, which have been designed by the Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club, include a 1.1km easy course and a 2.6km medium course. The  Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club organises events in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

Maps cost £1 and are available from the café during opening hours or you can download an orienteering map for the park from Go Orienteering


Fitness Equipment

A fitness trail is available in Northern Field consisting of eight pieces of gym equipment. The cardiovascular equipment includes a rowing machine, leg press, cross-rider, air walker, skier, cycle, body twist and horse rider. It is available for anyone to use for free (subject to age and specified restrictions). 


Feed the ducks

The Park is home to many ducks and greedy geese who are always looking for some extra food from visitors. Packets of seed can be purchased from the Reservoir Café. Please ensure you dispose the packaging responsibly and do not litter the park or put wildlife at risk.


Watch the wildlife

Visitors can enjoy the parks wildlife at several quiet locations around the park, including a dedicated bird hide with disabled access. The park often sees many different specifies of wildlife passing through so you never know who you might see.


Walk the dog

The Park is a popular location for dogs to take their owners for a brisk stroll. We ask all owners that any dog faeces should be picked up using a poop scoop bag and disposed of in one of the dog bin's located around the park. Please keep dogs under close control at all times within the park and on leads outside the Raisborough centre and café area.

Please also be aware that sheep sometimes graze 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 their dogs are on leads and under control while sheep are 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


Community Sensory Garden

The Daventry and District Disability Forum, along with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, helped to develop the community sensory garden for all visitors to enjoy, incorporating a variety of plants and flowers to awaken the senses and an area of calm for reflection. Additional funding was awarded from the Tesco Bags of Help grant to revive the garden further and install improved planting, hedging and a new bug hotel to develop our educational activities.


Try Geocaching

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache anywhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache. To learn more and start log onto www.geocaching.com

The cache sites are spread throughout the Park, some are easy finds close to pathways, while others are more of a challenge! Goecaching is a great way to enjoy the Park and visit areas you may not have visited before.