Coate Water Park
Coate Water is a country park situated 5 km to the southeast of central Swindon, near junction 15 of the M4. The Coate Water Ranger Centre and Information Point is situated in the car park.
How to find us
Coate Water Park
Tel: 01793 490150
- Ranger centre and information point
- Splash Park
- Play area
- Nature reserve
- Events programme
- Bird Hides
- Barbeque hire
- Education service
- Wheelchair access
Details of the parks miniature railway can also be found on the Coate Water Miniature Railway website.
Costs for large static BBQ hire:
- Large BBQ and horse field: £52.50
- Corporate groups or large groups over 100 people: £157.50
- Bring your own £13.65
This price includes full use of the field and the permanent BBQ. Family and community groups are able to pay on the day; corporate groups are asked to pay in advance. All cheques need to be made payable to Swindon Borough Council. For further information call 01793 522837.
For large groups of 20 or more
If you have a group of 20 or more people you will need to book out the static BBQ that is now situated in the Horse Field.
The splash park will be open daily from 11.00am to 5.00pm from Saturday, 25 May until mid-September 2019.
The nature reserve
Here is a quiet haven for wildlife. Deer and foxes can regularly be seen in the wildflower meadows. A large heronry has become established which can be viewed from the bird hides. Permits are available in advance from the Activity Centre.
There are several walks in and around the park, many of which are level and surfaced - making them suitable for wheelchair users. The most popular route is around the lake. This is 1.75 miles (2.8km) long and takes about 45 minutes at a gentle pace. For longer walks out of the park there are routes to Hodson, Chiseldon and Barbury Castle.
In the wetter areas of the woodland you will find willow and ash with oak and birch on drier ground. These large mature trees provide an attractive backdrop to the lake and a home to many woodland birds.
This is a valuable nesting site for waterfowl, reed bunting and warblers in the spring and summer. The lakes also provide an important habitat for dragonflies and damselflies, along with a wide range of fish such as carp, bream and pike.