Buckland Park Lake prepares to host a series of ticketed seasonal fun family events in 2019, starting at the end of May. These “taster” events will increase awareness of this unique outdoor space and wildlife haven, prior to the full opening of the site to the public in the first half of 2020.
Set within an Area of Great Landscape Value, between Reigate and Dorking, Buckland Park Lake is a secret place, known to very few, having been closed for years since the sand quarry stopped operations and never having been open to the public. As a result, nature has flourished undisturbed and the site now blends tranquility with dramatic, breath-taking views over one of Surrey’s largest water bodies.
Since 2017, family owned Buckland Estate has been navigating planning permission to turn the beautiful landscape formed by sand quarrying from the 1920’s to an attractive and useful outdoor activity resource for the local community and visitors from further afield. The future vision for the site combines protecting its’ natural heritage with recreation, health and well-being.
Permission was successfully secured in May 2018 and since then the Buckland Park Lake team have been busy putting into place the steps to achieve the approved plans. These will include: a glass-fronted café with terrace, which will afford elevated views over the lake; a water sports activity centre, with toilet and shower facilities and indoor meeting space; a children’s trim trail and large sandpit.
To date, the only way to access the site has been via membership of the established fly fishing club or the resident water sports provider, The Surrey Hills Adventure Company (SHAC), which offers activities by appointment. Although the site is not due to be complete until Summer 2020, Buckland Park Lake will open up a major part of the site - comprising the Lagoon, Meadow and Events Lawn - this year for several private, ticketed events, initially offering a family focused event during the May half term, running from May 25th to 2nd June inclusive. Some areas of the site will not be accessible at this stage and so ticket prices will be discounted to reflect this. Children under 14 years of age will also need to be accompanied. All visitors will receive a map of the site areas and paths over which they may roam and will be advised of health and safety requirements to be adhered to.
Opening hours will be 11am until 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am until 6pm on Saturday and Sundays. Tickets will be priced at £9 per adult and £6 per child, (under 16s) with a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children available at £24. Numbers will be restricted so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/buckland-park-lake-20001762061
Activities on offer (mostly within the advertised ticket price) will include:
- Ancient woodland trail – find the 10 woodland animals in return for a prize for each child
- Mini golf (refundable deposit required for clubs and balls)
- Build a mini-raft station - find your materials on our woodland trail and use twine provided to build your raft
- Welly boot planting station – bring your old welly boots (or mini flower pots) and plant with soil and seeds provided.
- Giant sandpit and toys
- Space hoppers, hula hoops and garden games
- Face painting
- Story-telling in the Marquee for younger children
- Refreshments, including hot food, tea, coffee and sweet treats
Paid for activities that need to be booked in advance via the SHAC include:
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Bush craft - learn some forest skills, how to set up a shelter, whittle and make a camp fire (one hour session, from age 6 and up)
For more details visit www.theshac.co.uk.