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Booking and planning your visit to Wimbledon Park

Minimum age

How to book

  • Booking can only be made online
  • There is no waiting list
  • We do not accept childcare vouchers
  • At this stage we are aiming to release children holiday course places week by week so we can stay on top of the government guidance, please follow our Facebook page and turn on notifications for the latest new

What to wear

  • Wear a set of clothes suitable for the weather conditions (no jeans), include a waterproof jacket and hat
  • Old trainers needed for the water (something secure, not crocs, flip flops or wellington boots)
  • Sun protection

What do to on arrival

  • Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled session time, registration will take place outside of the centre.
  • Only the participant (and guardian(s) for those under 18) can enter the Watersports Centre operational area, all spectators are welcome to watch from the public benches.

Facilities

  • There are currently no changing or shower facilities available, access to the Watersports Centre building is only in the case of emergencies
  • All participants need to arrive ready changed in suitable clothes for the weather conditions, having already visited the toilet and washed their hands.
  • The toilets in the Watersports Centre building will only be available for participants at the end of their sessions.

Swimming

Own craft (including radio controlled)

  • All of the Watersports activities that happen on Wimbledon Park lake are run through the Watersports Centre with our staff and equipment, you are not allowed to just turn up with your own equipment.
  • There are public access points for using your SUP, kayak or canoe on the non-tidal River Thames, for which you will need to buy an annual license from the Environment Agency or become a member of British Canoeing, your membership card becomes your river license for the Thames
  • For accessing the tidal River Thames please visit the Port of London Authority for the latest guidance/charges
  • Remote controlled boats - Radio controlled boats are not allowed on the lake at Wimbledon Park. Hampton Court Model Yacht Club is a local venue that does accommodate remote controlled boats.

Fishing

  • Wimbledon Park Angling Club operates from the 'green' banks of the lake in Wimbledon Park

Feeding the birds

  • If you wish to feed the birds, please follow signs to designated bird feeding area.
  • Visit the RSPB website for advice on what to feed them 

Covid-19

  • It is the participant's responsibility if they have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case to self-isolate as recommended by the government, current guidance (GOV.UK website).
  • We have undertaken new protocols to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 at the Centre, but all participants (and guardians/bookers for those under 18) must take responsibility for the decision to take on the risk of attending.