We have had a lovely day at Chasewater. Weather was great, which helped. We hadn't visited since we took our children in the 1970s to paddle at what we used to call "little beach". We were pleasantly surprised to see the improvements. Lovely very reasonable cafe,gift shop and exhibition area as you enter from the car park, a wonderful boating pool, go-karts, crazy golf, childrens play area, lots of picnic tables and an area of water where the general public can try water skiing on wires. Lots of boats out on the water and many people taking advantage of the good weather to have a go in the "doughnuts" being pulled along by speed boats. We were so pleased to see that the tiny beach we used to come to is still there and very popular! We walked up to the railway - the station cafe does carveries on Wednesdays and Sundays as well as food on all other days. The museum yard had old carriages housing a gift shop, a bric a brac shop and a model railway. The steam train journeys are good value. We walked to the water sports centre near the railway where there is a cafe and bar overlooking the water - cheap and cheerful, a bowl of chips and a large coke costs £2!
Because of all the boat movement, there were waves reminiscent of the sea, ,many people were just walking around the reservoir enjoying the views and the water, and there was even a small castle on the water's edge, which the visiting children seemed to love climbing over.
Unlike other reservoirs we have visited, there was no car park charge, dogs were playing happily in the water, children were paddling, others were swimming, This was the best equipped reservoir we have been to in respect of things to do for the family.
In short, a very good day out - free entry, and something for all the family.
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