About Willen Lake

Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park.  Over one million visitors a year take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores.  It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

The park is open year round and there is no admission fee, other than during special events when some areas may be unavailable to the general public, or a fee may be charged. (Note that car parking charges apply.)

Leisure activities at Willen Lake are managed by Whitecap Leisure Ltd, a trading subsidiary of The Parks Trust.


Play area, public toilets, trim trail, cycle hire, boat hire, fishing, picnic tables, seating, BBQ area, refreshments, watersports, high ropes.


The one4six café offers a range of delicious paninis, sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks and is open every day. You can find the café near the mini bowl and between WakeMK and the children’s play area. There are seats in the café as well as plenty of picnic benches and tables outside if you prefer to eat al fresco.

There is a Premier Inn overlooking the lake, with a Fayre & Square restaurant attached.

Getting here

Willen Lake is only minutes from central Milton Keynes, the M1 and A5. It is located between the H5 Portway and H6 Childs Way, directly off the V10 Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS.

Car parking

There is paid car parking with CCTV in operation at the following locations:

Our South Bay Car Park operates using a pay and display system, which means you pay upon arrival into this car park. 

Our new North Bay Car Park operates using an auto number plate recognition (ANPR) system, which means you pay as you leave. You can pay by card over the phone or at the machines. Full instructions and terms and conditions are displayed in the North Bay Car Park and on the machines. 

Drop Off Point

Please be aware, that if you are planning on using our North Bay Car Park as a Drop Off point you need to ensure you exit the car park within ten minutes of entering it or you will need to pay for parking. If you fail to do so you will be at risk of a fixed price penalty charge from Napier. For a longer drop off point please use our South Bay Car Park.

Charges for both car parks are as follows;

Up to 30 mins £0.50                                                  Up to 1 hour £1.00
Up to 2 hours £1.50                                                   Up to 4 hours £2.50
Up to 8 hours £4.00                                                   Up to 24 hours £5.00
Up to 48 hours £10.00                                                
Max stay is 48 hours. 

All of our car parking is managed by Napier Parking. Annual permits are available from Napier Parking at £150 for all Willen Lake car parks and £80 for the Peace Pagoda and Tree Cathedral car parks only. You can download permits from Napier here.

Disabled Badge Holders

We offer a heavily discounted annual parking permit for blue badge holders and costs £80 for all Willen Lake car parks. To apply for the permit, please complete the following application form and return it to Napier Parking Ltd with the requested documentation.

What’s On

We have a great calendar of events including the colourful dragonboat racing, charity fun runs, and open-air theatre. Find out more about what’s on at Willen Lake here.

Don’t Miss

Other ‘don’t miss’ attractions at Willen Lake include Aerial Extreme, the biggest high rope adventure course in the South of England, and WakeMK, one of the UK’s largest cable wakeboard and waterski centres.

In addition to the great activities at Willen Lake footpaths and cycleways connect the south lake to the north lake which is a haven of tranquility. Home to the Peace Pagoda and mini stone circle the north lake is a quiet place for contemplation and relaxation. For wildlife enthusiasts it attracts an amazingly rich and varied bird population and a great place to appreciate the changing seasons.

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