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Bewl Water

Set in 800 acres of beautiful scenery, Bewl Water welcomes thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the wildlife and take part in exciting activities.


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  • Play area Play area
  • Camping Camping

About Bewl Water

Bewl Water Reservoir

Situated near Lamberhurst, Bewl Water Reservoir is the largest stretch of open water in South East England. The reservoir is a key source of drinking water for East Sussex and Kent.

The reservoir has a capacity of more than 31,000 million litres of water – enough to provide an average day’s water usage (about 150 litres) to nearly 200 million people. 

An aerial view of Bewl Water Reservoir and the surrounding woodland

Our investment

We’re spending over £25 million on a water reservoir upgrade project at Bewl. This will keep the reservoir safe and protect against the effects of climate change. 

The Drawdown Project will allow us to reduce the reservoir water level more quickly. There are many reasons why we might need to do this. For example, to reduce high reservoir levels during exceptionally high rainfall or carry out repair works to the dam.

While works are ongoing, some footpaths may be limited, including the path along the crest of the dam and part of the 'lower level' Sussex Border Path. We'll try to keep this to a minimum and any diversion will be clearly signposted in advance.

We expect to have the upgrades fully completed by the end of 2024.

Birds on a beach at Bewl Water Reservoir with woodland behind them

An action-packed day out

At Bewl Water you can take part in a host of activities for all ages, from paddleboarding to the exhilarating Aqua Park. 

For kids, there's both an outdoor adventure playground and an indoor soft play area near the main visitor area. For the more adventurous, there's also outdoor laser tag and other water sports including wind-surfing and kayaking available to book.

When you're ready for a breather, you can grab a bite to eat at the Waterfront Café or relax at one of the many outdoor seating areas.

Rowing boats lined up on Bewl Water Reservoir
Things to do at Bewl Facilities
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There are around 12 and a half miles of easy-going trails around Bewl Water Reservoir. If you're up for a challenge, the whole route will take you around six hours but there are several shorter ones to choose from.

If you want to explore by bike, there are also dedicated cycling routes around the reservoir for all skill levels. Bike hire is available in the Fun Zone, which is in front of the Waterfront Café.

In the woodlands around the main visitor centre, there's a military-themed arena that promises thrilling laser tag games. You'll need to pre-book your session online. You can also make group bookings.

For kids, there's an outdoor adventure playground tucked within the woodland and a soft play area next to the Waterfront Café.

The Waterfront Café offers a range of light meals, snacks, ice cream, and hot and cold drinks.

Try your hand at kayaking, windsurfing, and paddleboarding on the water. Or visit the Aqua Park for a session of family fun while bouncing and splashing around the giant inflatable course. These activities must be booked in advance. Please check the Bewl Water website before your visit.

If you want to extend your trip, Bewl Water Reservoir has its own campsite or you can stay in a cosy yurt. Please visit the Bewl Water website for more information.

The car park at Bewl Water is pay and display. Gates to the car park shut at 8pm daily. Disabled parking is also available.

Toilets and baby changing facilities are available in the café area.

The café and main visitor area are accessible to wheelchairs. 

How to find Bewl Water

Bewl Water is accessible by car just off the A21 and is open from 8am-5pm. Gates to the car park shut at 8pm daily.

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Bewl Water Bewlbridge Lane Tunbridge Wells Kent TN3 8JH

For general enquiries: 01892 890000

Email address info@Bewlwater.co.uk