Water Sports

At the centre, we have a fleet of RS Sailing Boats, a variety of Kayaks & Canoes, 2 Bell-boats along with our Red & Riber Stand Up Paddleboards.

Equipment also includes raft building equipment, team building equipment and our Aqua inflatable assault course.

See activites for more infomration on what the water sports centre offers. 



Conference Rooms

Our conference Room looks out onto our beautiful lake, and is available to hire to group and corporate bookings.

Room set up options:

Classroom – up to 18

Boardroom – up to 16

Theatre style – up to 30

Tea/Coffee facilities are included in the hire with use of smart board and WiFi.

For availability please contact the team on: 01707 276 276 (option 3) or email Stanborough@gll.org


Car Parks

Our car parks are operated on an ANPR system managed by APCOA. Machines are Cashless. You can pay by Credit Card at the machine. By phone on: 01895 262 122. By text: 68680. Our location code: 2269

Charges are:       20 minutes FREE – for drop off and pick ups

1 Hour - £1.50                                   

3 Hours - £3.50                                 

All day - £5.00

Blue badge holders must register their details at reception (Badge number & expiry date).

Welwyn/Hatfield residents reduced parking charges are available by registering at the centre.

Phone 01707 276 276 (option 3) or email Stanborough @gll.org


South side - Terranova Café & Restaurant

Operated by a separate company – www.terranovaresturants.com

Opening times:

November – March – Daytime - Week-ends only

April – October – Daytime - 7 Days a week

North Kiosk

Refreshments are available from the North side Kiosk from April – October at week-ends and school holidays. Serving hot and cold beverages, snacks and ice creams.

North & South Lake

The South Lake

Along side the Watersports Centre is our 16-acre multi-use lake is home to:

Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club 

Established in 1973, WGCSC race on Saturday Mornings all year round, and in the summer are here on a Thursday evening.

Welwyn Garden City Angling Club 

Formed in 1946, they have nearly 500 members. Offering a varied range of venues, rivers and lakes. Stanborough Park Lake is open all year round.

The North Lake

The North Lake is operated by 365 Leisure - Rowing Boats, Pedal Boats & Sit on top kayaks are available for hire for 30 minutes. Card & cash payments taken.

Open week-ends and school holidays from April - October. For opening times please see: 365 Leisure Facebook.

Event Field & Parkland

Behind the Centre is our events field available for hire.

Every year our regular schedule of events include:

Locks Fun Fair - Easter and Summer school holidays, Herts Auto show in May, Cancer Research – Race 4 Life & Pretty Muddy in June, Active Training World – Triathlon’s, Duathlon’s and Road Races through out the year, Aloha Tri – Aquathlons in the summer, Cyclocross events in the Autumn & winter.

To enquire about availability please contact the team on: 01707 276 276 (option 3) or email Stanborough@gll.org


If you need to report an animal in distress at the park, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or Swan Rescue on 07903 349792

Changing Facilities & Toilets

Public Toilets

Our public toilets are open on the South side all year from 09:00 – 17:00.

On the North side they are open from April – October 09:00 – 17:00.

Changing Places

The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.

The Changing Places facility located on the South Side of the park (by the café) is equipped with an accessible toilet, wash hand basin, shower, hoist and changing bed.

A radar key is required for access. (Radar key for public use is available at the  Watersports Reception on the South Side of the park)

Both the North & South public toilets also include disability access toilets.