Kielder Water & Forest Park

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Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park
4.5
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Plenty to see and do all year round. Ideal for all ages.There are many reasons to visit; the most popular being the distinctive scenery. Home to northern Europe's largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, the Park's remoteness and clean air and water offer a fresh outdoor experience.Nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, explorers, walkers, cyclists, artists, families ... perfect for anyone looking to escape, set their own agenda and create new experiences.
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Jade R
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Kielder winter wonderland 20/11/2021
Nov 2021 • Family
Just thought I'd leave an up to date Christmas review as when I looked after I made my booking I suddenly panicked by the negatives. But noticed lots were from a while ago so likely to have had changes.

This year you got your itinerary. Youre best sticking to this especially Santa bit . But if you miss a section or muddle them up in error reception were great at advising when we could attend what we missed as we basically did the wrong thing at the wrong time and didn't realise til we tried to then find the next bit.. Oops.

Entering carpark wasn't bad but we were their early on at 9. 30 our first bit started at 10.

Lots of catering options which in fairness weren't horrendously priced. You could take pack ups and saw lots do this. But some warm food did help warm us up.

Wear wellies for kids or walking boots. Adults wouldn't wear your best footwear as forest walks mean some muddy areas. Some have chips and bark and not bad. Walk to santa bit muddier and we went on first day and end of Nov. Can only imagine worse with wet weather and as more feet walk the paths over coming weeks.

Take layers as most outdoors walking to bits and couple performances outside.

£1 coins if you want some reindeer food but actually their not tame and kept themselves to themselves. But lovely to photograph.

Toilets were plenty spread out by reception, otherside of snow tubes and up by birds of prey.

Do snow tubes when quiet as que can form.

Mrs Christmas bit we loved. She was fab as was the chap in the clock/tree thing Sara something. He was such a laugh and they both got me in the Christmas spirit straight away. Violin player lovely too.

Theatre was cute it was elves and shoemaker this year looks like it can differ from website.

Beavers - this was the only bit I think may need a rethink. Whilst the Beavers were lovely and tried to engage audience. We noticed several walked out I presume bored.. We contemplated it. The kids did get involved towards end but son lost interest easily with this and I heard lots mention this being a bit naff. Met some kids friends from school and the son told my son it was boring. I wouldn't skip it as could be personal preference but I would hope they may rethink this part as didn't feel Christmassy seemed quite irrelivant perhaps carol singing with Christmas tree stars, or something else a bit crafty as the kids preffered things that they could make and really loved the elf bit.

Elf workshop /santa
Elf workshop was lovely kids thought was fab woke elf up got told how to make a craft item (this year a tree) and they loved this activity.
Follow elf through woods to cuckoo. They loved this too and both elf and cuckoo was fab at interacting with kids.
Santa was lovely although little mix up as another family had same surname and it got read out as if their son and our daughter were siblings. I corrected santa and then realised when santa asked if he missed someone the mum after said kids name and surname was same we realised what had happened. Only suggestion would be website adds a section at booking with maybe how to pronounce kids name and gender as several kids names got read out wrong from list as well as a mixup with Santa calling a boy a girl.. It wasn't a big deal but think santa would appreciate the help. Or get the kids to go round saying their names to santa so he can go off his list that way?
He was lovely anyhow and my son was quick to dob in the sleeping elf and santa interacted well making a funny video for us now to keep as I was filming that part 🤣 it is a group santa visit but actually this doesn't take away the magicallness it still felt lovely. At end we hung back and santa happily took a photo - thanks santa.

Snow tubing fun but my god they love to shove you down. Kids loved it but i was like 😳

Once you have Santa's key take to toy emporium and pick your cuddly toy. Lovely room and my kids loved this but just an idea a small snow globe would be amazing as an alternative gift as some older kids were there and actually just an alternative to a soft toy. But my 2 loved what they picked.
Little cup of popcorn on way out, candy came and alcohol free mulled wine (would of loved a proper one though but still yum)

Snowy owl centre lovely and had a nice chat with a chap there who spent some time talking to the kids about an owl called lilac was really nice.

Overall. Loved it as did kids. Personally little people may not fully appreciate it say under 3/4. My two were 5 & 8.
Written November 20, 2021
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Steve A
Balsall Common, UK201 contributions
Cycle ride around Kielder reservoir
Nov 2021 • Couples
Visited Kielder Water mid November and rode around the gravel track around Kielder Water. The path is gravel or tarmac and is predominately path width (path is shared with walkers) but in some places as wide as a fire track. The path is well sign posted and there are various picnic areas around the route and cafe facilities on the west and north sides. There are none on the East side of the reservoir. We cycled on MTB but gravel bikes would be fine. The path is not flat , it climbs and drops consistently as you circumnavigate the reservoir, but none of the climbs are steep. Views would be terrific on a clear day, it drizzled for most of our ride but still worthwhile.
Written November 19, 2021
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Derek
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Not for breakfast
Oct 2021 • Couples
Just stopped at The Hide for breakfast. Don't go at that time of day. They don't open till 9.45 or in our case, when the manager tells them. Inside it is cold and unwelcoming and, unfortunately, I can't even say the staff make up for it. The food was OK at best. The most interesting part was the hp sauce. The prices, even though you know it's tourist based are high.
It's probably worth mentioning we've been in the shop too and the staff member in there was brilliant. Really helpful and friendly.
Written October 21, 2021
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,460 contributions
Day out
Oct 2021 • Couples
What an amazing part of northern England.mweather was not great but the scenery was incredible and the roads so empty. Absolutely beautiful
Written October 6, 2021
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profjoypc
Alnwick, UK4,377 contributions
Beautiful lakeside walks
Oct 2021
We had a wonderful day walking around the lake. It was really quiet so we hardly saw a soul and we were blessed with good weather which certainly added to the enjoyment. Paths are easy to follow and there are many trails to explore. The only issue was parking as we were not carrying coins and in most car parks the machines only accepted coins. Surely in this pandemic era when people have got used to contactless payments this should be addressed.
Written October 3, 2021
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Corinna B
London, UK9 contributions
Don’t think this attraction is trying to attract people
Sep 2021 • Couples
Whilst the countryside and forest are beautiful, the pedestrian paths were closed completely unnecessarily (I assume for health and safety reasons, however we ignored the signs and there was nothing causing any danger)
Would be keen to understand who their target market is, there were almost no people/cyclists/ runners on a sunny September Sunday, no sailing or swimming, eerily quiet!
You will also need cash for car parking, so we had to drive 30 mins away to find somewhere with change.
Written September 20, 2021
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Barry P
Chorley, UK74 contributions
Kielder September break
Sep 2021 • Family
Great break away with some of the family. A mid-week break is very relaxing in the first week after all the kids have gone back to school
Written September 17, 2021
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Dandelion
London, UK39 contributions
First & last visit
Aug 2021 • Couples
Kielder water is a beautiful area of Northumberland,unfortunately our visit was a complete let down.The castle was an embarrassment ,not 1 but 2 burger vans right in front of the castle,the larger of the 2 blaring out ‘guns and roses’.Is this what people want ? I really don’t think so.
Ok,maybe a visit to Tower Knowe would be better,well if you want to queue for 30 minutes for a coffee then this is the place for you.Pathetic,God knows what our foreign visitors make of this.We actually spent more on parking (each area you visit,you pay again,and again.Overall,not a good experience,probably would return,but in another life.
Written August 19, 2021
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RadLucy
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A nice break but Lodge 24 was in the dark and too expensive to do again
Aug 2021
Well appointed lodge but as in Lodge 24 there was no view except to the bins and a nice tree. Probably more research and money needed next time.
The kitchen was well equipped with a useful washer dryer, dishwasher and De gusto coffee machine with some pods thoughtfully provided. Bathroom was clean but had some mildew - the shower had little power - sad.
Bedrooms were good with generous amounts of pillows/towels/drawers and hanging space in cupboard.
There was a small dining room which was dark and faced the next lodge so we used this as an unpacking/storage area for boots etc.
Tv was fine with a PS4 provided and more games available at the shop.
Absolutely no Wifi - which made life difficult when searching up activities.
Bring your own decent lightbulbs - the dining area had a bare 'feature bulb' which was like a searchlight and I covered with some paper to make less painful.
Also bring laundry tabs, De Gusto pods, PS4 games, insect repellant, a fan (no open windows due to insects in evenings and mornings) and bird seed for the plentiful wildlife (drifts of rabbit poo everywhere - they were very sweet.
The recycling seemed to be confined to glass only - either this an honest admission that this is the only stuff that is truly recycled and not shipped to somewhere less fortunate or just sad.
Lots of nice walks and bike rides - this is what we came for but I'd probably go somewhere else next time to be honest as its probably cheaper with a better view from the varanda.
Written August 13, 2021
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Aleksandr P
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Love this place.
Aug 2021 • Couples
Love this place. Been here 4 times,2 times for night photography,for a walk and just yesterday for a bike ride. Always nice to be here. Nice trails for mtb . Worth visit,not first not last time here.
Written August 4, 2021
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