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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. 



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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 at Stanborough@gll.org


Car Parks

Our car parks are operated on an ANPR system managed by Gemini. Machines are Cashless. You can pay by Card at the machine, or via the Y Pay App.

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

1 Hour - £1.50                                   

3 Hours - £6.00                               

All day - £10.00

The money from charging is all used to look after the lakes, open spaces and facilities – investment that is much-needed with the park continuing to attract very high numbers of visitors.

Local residents and blue badget holders can register for reduced rates by complete the below form applicable to you and send the application to Stanborough Park, Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6DF or email


Advance warning on good weather days & school holidays the car parks become very busy. If car park full sign is displayed please do not enter car park.

Resident's Application Form

Blue Badge Holder Application Form



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 everyday. Serving hot and cold beverages, snacks and ice creams.

North & South Lake

The South Lake - Now open

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.

Advance warning on good weather days & school holidays the car parks become very busy. Please leave plenty of time to find a car parking space & pay for parking.


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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 at 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.

Splashlands - NEW!

Splashlands features a paddling river meandering through a 600m² splash pad water play area. It is surrounded by a nautical themed adventure playground with a large pirate ship and a variety of play equipment for children of all ages. 

The splash pad has 67 jets split into toddler and kid zones which shoot up to 1.5m in the air with pads that activate water sprays when they are jumped on. 

An outdoor gym and sports pitch provides teenagers and adults with a range of new health and fitness activity options.

Entrance to Splashlands is free and it will be open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm, or dusk if earlier. 

Weather permitting, the splash pad will open each year, from Good Friday through to the last Sunday in September. The outdoor gym and sports pitch will be open all year round.

Ticket holders must arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of session time.
Ticket holders spaces will be given away at 5 past the hour.
Advance warning on good weather days & school holidays the car parks become very busy. Please leave plenty of time to find a car parking space & pay for parking.

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