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What's new at Willen Lake in 2021

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03 February 2021


We're hoping by the start of our season in April that restrictions will have begun to lift, and you'll be able to safely enjoy all the exciting activities we have planned. Our team have worked hard to curate a fantastic programme of activities both on and off the water, so take a look at what’s new for 2021 below.

Sunrise Paddleboarding

Over the past year and during the previous lockdowns, we saw the popularity of paddleboarding grow. In 2020 we offered a variety of paddleboarding sessions from Discover Paddleboarding to our weekly evening Paddleboarding club. New for 2021 we have also introduced a Sunrise Paddleboarding club which takes place every Sunday morning starting at 7am. In these sessions you'll be able to get out onto the water and have the lake all to yourself.

Two-hour practice sessions

In 2020 we also introduced two-hour Wakeboarding sessions which proved to be a hit, so for this year if you're an experienced Windsurfer or Sailor, we've introduced new two-hour practice sessions for you too! These sessions will allow you to get out onto the lake and practice the skills you want, with our helpful instructors available if you need any further tips or advice.

Discover Canoeing

For the past couple of years, we haven’t been running beginners canoeing sessions but after a two-year hiatus, Discover Canoeing is back! You can take part in this 90-minute session that will teach you the basic skills required for canoeing. This session is suitable for people aged over 8 years and is taught by one of our British Canoeing coaches.

Wakeboarding Memberships

Although Wakeboarding isn’t new to Willen Lake, we would encourage our regular riders to renew their Wakeboarding Membership for 2021, as for a limited time only we are offering 10% off memberships. You can purchase either a seasonal adult or junior membership that runs from April to October each year.

Kid's clubs

Did you know we also offer a variety of kid’s clubs? New for this year we’ve started up the Junior Windsurfing club, if you’re aged 8-15 years then why not join? Running from June to September every other Wednesday this is the ideal opportunity to learn and practice your windsurfing skills.

Qualifications

If your goal for 2021 is to learn something new, then our watersports qualifications are something to look into. You can pick from our one-day Paddle Start Awards for both Kayaking and Paddleboarding issued by British Canoeing to our RYA two-day Sailing qualifications, or even try your hand at our RYA Windsurfing courses.

Brand-new Watersports and Café building

Finally, we’re still on track to open our brand-new watersports and café building for our 2021 season. This dedicated space will house all our watersports activities, new changing rooms and toilet facilities and reception. It will also be home to a fantastic new bar and kitchen. We’re soon to be announcing who we’ve partnered with for this space, so keep an eye on our social media channels for progress updates and announcements.



Discover our parks

  • Willen Lake North

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Willen Lake North is home to one of Milton Keynes’ best-known landmarks, the first Peace Pagoda to be built in the western world - and to a rich and varied bird population.

    Refreshments
    Nearest refreshments are at the Lakeside Hotel and Cafe (weekends and school holidays) at South Willen Lake. The Camphill Community runs a vegetarian café opposite the main car park.

  • Willen Lake South

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors 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.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Greene King.

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