On Saturday April 16 Bewl Water officially reopens to the public after an impressive and extensive refurbishment by its new owners Markerstudy Group. In this special supplement the Times chats to key members of the team and discovers a raft of activities and attractions visitors can now enjoy all year round at the popular country park…
Totalling one thousand acres and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Kent and East Sussex borders, just ten miles from Tunbridge Wells, Bewl is a jewel in the south east’s crown.
It’s always been known for its fantastic raft of exhilarating activities which include windsurfing, sailing, cycling and kayaking, but since it was acquired by Markerstudy Group’s leisure division in September last year it now boasts so much more for its thousands of visitors to enjoy the year round.
In addition to all the brilliant water sports and recreational pursuits, much of the 13-mile track that surrounds the stunning reservoir has been greatly improved making it easier for ramblers, horse riders and cyclists to access the more remote parts of the country park.
There is also an exciting new adventure playground complete with a huge wooden ship so your children can pretend they’re pirates on the high seas!
A tourist train has also been introduced making it easier for little ones – and those who might not want to cycle or walk around Bewl – to get about and still appreciate the wealth of beautiful scenery the park has to offer. There are also plans for a new water taxi service as well as pedalos and rowing boats to hire so you can get up close and personal on the water too.
Then there are the fabulous new eateries on site. The elegant Boat House Bistro now occupies a formidable presence in the former sailing clubhouse building and boasts a highly impressive menu and superb panoramic views over the 770-acre lake, which is the largest stretch of open water in the south east.
The Waterfront Café in the Visitor Centre is also new and serves good quality family friendly food – fast. It’s perfectly situated next to the children’s playground so they can easily refuel between climbing and swinging sessions.
And with the parking fee reduced to just £2 per car it really is the perfect day out for your family. Read on to discover even more fun activities you and your family can enjoy and meet the key people who are making Bewl beautiful again – and a really great place to spend quality time…