Bewl Water

Bewl Water, Lamberhurst: Hours, Address, Bewl Water Reviews: 4/5

8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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Bewl Water is the largest stretch of open water in the South East. The 800 acre site is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the High Weald. Open all year, a visit to this stunning lake is fantastic family fun and great value.
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TrippingAdvisr
5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Visited Bewl Water camp site last July and been meaning to write just how terrible the experience was.

Advertised as a family camp site and at the more premium end of the spectrum we expected it to be as such but unfortunately this seems to be a place where people go to party at the weekend.

Security guards wondering around with a massive intimidating dog felt the need to tell me in front my my kids that if anyone causes trouble the “bring the dog”. Yet when it came to them actually doing something they failed. Never seen security with a dog and body armour on a camp site before so I’m left wondering what’s that all about.

And then I learned why. Despite the site being for families there appeared to be a large group of blokes all camping together making a lot of noise, throwing an axe around the place, and playing musing and being drunk until around 3am.

Security next morning saying “oh yes we had problems with them”… there was a simple answer - call the police if someone is drunk and disorderly. But no, the rest of the site had to suffer because the security failed to do their actual job despite all the posturing and intimidating rhetoric.

Toilets are a porta-cabin. No shop. Reception is a shed. Food at the cafe is basic.

Exactly the experience I didn’t want camping with my family.
Written January 15, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

186338Dawn1962
London, UK63 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is an excellent facility for all with activities lovely walks fishing, sailing, cycling and many more. The only downside is there are places that are incredibly muddy and slippery to the stage of being dangerous and impossible during the wetter seasons which could be 9vercome with a little road plainings. I understand some offload cyclists would enjoy the slippery mud but others do not and it puts people's off walking there.
Written October 28, 2021
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Dear 186338Dawn1962, Thank you for taking the time to leave Bewl Water a review- we really appreciate your feedback. I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed your visit with us, and you thought we had great facilities. However, I am of course disappointed to learn that the terrain didn’t meet your expectations. As I am sure you can understand we can’t help the weather therefore when it rains it will be muddy, there are some paths you can follow but, again these will get muddy if we have heavy rain. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to Bewl Water in the future. Kind regards, Jess Porter Digital Marketing Assistant.
Written October 29, 2021
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OneGlobalNomad
Greater London, UK32 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We weren't aware of this rather hidden gem in the area but we were pleasantly surprised by what we found. There are a fair few activities and we ended up randomly chosing laser tag which was a lot of fun.
Written October 27, 2021
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Dear oneglobalnomad, Thank you for taking the time to leave Bewl Water a review - we really appreciate your kind comments. I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed your visit to Bewl Water and that you found our variety of activities appealing. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Jess Porter Digital Marketing Assistant
Written October 28, 2021
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Sanu
6 contributions
Oct 2021
I have been fishing at Bewl for over 20 years and since the last 4 years, fishing at Bewl has deteriorated tremendously.

Hope this improves and they stock the resovior on a regular basis.

Sanu
Written October 13, 2021
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Dear Sanu, Thank you for taking the time to leave Bewl Water a Review. I am sorry to hear that you have found fishing at Bewl Water difficult over the past few years. I can assure you that the reservoir is stocked regularly and I hope to welcome you back to Bewl in the future. Kind Regards, Jess Porter Digital Marketing assistant
Written October 18, 2021
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Hampo1964
Eastbourne, UK1,244 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great place for a family day out. You can also camp over night for a few days. They have Mongolian yurts you can hire which sleep 4. They are very comfortable. There's a fabulous 13 mile around the lake or you can hire push bikes. You can fish in the lakes or just play games with the kids. There's a café. Well spending a day there.
Written October 8, 2021
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Thank you for your 5-star review - we loved reading your feedback. I am delighted to hear that you had a great day out with your family and that you made the most of all our exciting facilities. Please be assured your kind comments have been passed on to the team at Bewl Water. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Jess Porter Digital Marketing Assistant
Written October 11, 2021
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Sp218
England, UK57 contributions
Aug 2021
We visited Bewl for the first time in late August. We hired a pedalo and then had a picnic on the main green which slopes down towards the lake. Overall we really enjoyed the experience and our time there. When we arrived in the morning it felt quite busy in and around the car park but actually it wasn't crowded on the main green at all.

My main feedback would be that we were quite restricted in terms of how far we could venture on the pedalo and it would be nice if we could head further out into the lake and away from the Aquapark. The smell given off by the life vests was unpleasant as well so perhaps some regular sanitising of these would be welcome.

The actual views of the lake are really lovely and it is a fantastic place to come with the kids and have a picnic or do a walk. It has a very different feel to the usual country parks in and around the home counties so that in itself sets it apart from other green spaces.

I appreciate my experience of Bewl is restricted to the pedalos and the main green overlooking the lake but I do hope to visit again in the near future and try out the full walk or cycle route.
Written September 18, 2021
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Dear Sp218, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review – we loved reading your feedback. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to Bewl Water and had a pleasant experience with the team. Your feedback has been passed on to the team at Bewl Water regarding space within the lake and the life vests. We look forward to welcoming you back to Bewl Water in the future. With kindest regards, Jess Porter Marketing Assistant
Written September 28, 2021
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CountryBumpkin007
Wadhurst, UK16 contributions
Sep 2021
Really disappointing visit

Seems a theme with other reviews

Bored unsmiling teenage staff. No attempt to welcome us nd our children. Surly atmosphere and seemed no adult in charge

On the equipment a boy got caught in the fixed rope climb - lifeguard freed him but seemd obvious the rope needs changed to a differnt design and not fixed at the bottom as it trapped his leg when he slipped. Next minute same thing happened to my wife and this time took several minutes to free her

Steps up to pontoon and equipment slippery with slime, no attempt to keep anything clean.

Changing rooms not cleaned or tidy, just sad set up like a tired holiday camp

Management need to train staff to be friendly and helpful - contrast this sad lot with the nearby energetic wonderful Go Ape staff

Redesign the equipment with ropes safer, clean the equipment
Written September 2, 2021
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Dear CountryBumpkin007, Thank you for taking the time to leave Bewl Water Aqua Park feedback. We appreciate the time you have taken to help us improve our services. Please be assured, your feedback has been passed onto the management team, and we dealing with your matters internally. I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back. Kind regards, Lily Spencer Marketing Manager
Written September 7, 2021
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Andy C
2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Hire bikes not fit for purpose due to lack of maintenance. After being given the bike it had to be returned immediately due to flat tyres, after a mile or so I discovered that not all gears functioned and there was a clonking noise coming from the crank. The chain and gears were dry and I doubt that lube has ever been applied. The young man in the hire shop could not offer an acceptable excuse for the poor state of the bikes other than the mechanic was 'off' that day. If the bikes aren't fit for purpose the don't hire them out. Best avoid.
Written September 1, 2021
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Dear H4932GWandyc, Thank you for taking the time to leave Bewl Water feedback. We appreciate the time you have taken to help us improve our services. Firstly, please accept my sincere apologies for the issues you encountered when hiring bikes. We take all feedback very seriously, and we are dealing with these matters internally. I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back. Kind regards, Lily Spencer Marketing Manager
Written September 7, 2021
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Helena
4 contributions
Aug 2021
There is no understanding of what campers need / want out of a campsite. Pitches are small and campsite very cramped - you are camping on top of each other so its really hard to sleep at night because you can always hear someone talking because you are so close to each other. There are not enough facilities for the size of campsite. We always had to queue for the toilets and the washing up facilities. There is no shop on site so when you need essentials like ice, milk, bread, etc. you have to drive off the campsite to find a shop. There was no recycling. I would never stay here again.
Written August 31, 2021
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Dear Helena D, Thank you for taking the time to leave Bewl Water a review after your recent experience. I am sorry to learn that your experience camping at Bewl Water did not reach your expectations. Please be assured we take all feedback very seriously, and we are dealing with these matters internally. With kindest regards, Lily Spencer Marketing Manager
Written September 6, 2021
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Stephane P
1 contribution
Aug 2021
I went fly fishing at Bewl Water 10 years ago, and returned for the first time yesterday. The place is now a giant water amusement park and this is my view is clearly not compatible with fly fishing, particularly from the bank ! The constant disruption of motor boats (sometimes passing 20 meters from your line as I have experienced !), dogs bathing and kids and families enjoying a stroll on the bank makes it impossible to fly fish in my view. Not sure about fishing from a boat, as obviously the fish can hear the motor from hundred of meters away...
Written August 31, 2021
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Dear stephanepG6761XS, Thank you for taking the time to leave Bewl Water a review after your recent experience. I am sorry to learn that your experience fly fishing did not reach your expectations. Please be assured we take all feedback very seriously, and we are dealing with these matters internally. With kindest regards, Lily Spencer Marketing Manager.
Written September 6, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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