Planned reopening schedule for Kielder Water & Forest Park

There is much work going on at site to prepare Kielder Water & Forest Park to safely welcome visitors back. We have missed you!
Our key message to all visitors, whether you’ve been many times before, or if it is your first time – we recommend you plan ahead, look to find somewhere that’s new to you as we know main centres will be busy, and most importantly enjoy your time here, but please for our special environment - leave no trace.

So, provided that all measures are met across the Government’s 4 tests, here are the details of the planned reopening at Kielder Water & Forest Park

From 27th March

The Bike Place – Kielder Cycle Centre will reopen fully for cycle hire and sales 7 days a week

From 1st April

Street Diner will be back at Kielder Castle for takeaways daily 10am to 4pm until 12th April; After 12th April  open Thursday to Monday weekly until further notice 

Open now
Kielder Castle , Warksburn, Sidwood, Blakehopeburnhaugh, Skyspace lower car park and Elf Kirk

From 12th April
Hawkhope, Kielder Dam South Abutment, Tower Knowe, Kielder Waterside, Matthew’s Linn and Bakethin Nature Reserve

Car park charges can be paid for in advance at  (with the exception of Kielder Castle, Lower Skyspace and Elf Kirk where ticket machines are on site)

Car parking at Kielder Water & Forest Park costs £5.00 for the day; or one hour or under costs £2.00. If not booked in advance online, car parking tickets are available at any of the visitor centre car parks and are transferable throughout the Park on that day. Please note - monies raised from car parking fees are vital to the upkeep of the facilities within the park, which include public toilets, visitor centres, the lakeside way, MTB trails, art works and much more.

From 12th April 

The following facilities at Kielder Waterside  

Luxury self-catering lodge holidays (one household per lodge)
The Forest Bar & Kitchen - patio and outdoor seating areas for dining (evening only bookable) Takeaways also available
All children’s activities
Outdoor adults activities
Kielder Waterside shop
Pool only and gym (lodge guests only booking essential)
Weddings available for 15 guests and viewings on park for couples
Birds of Prey

 Touring caravan pitches available for self-sufficient caravans only

Please note – visitors are asked to continue to follow social distancing rules and wear face masks in shops and restaurants until restrictions are completely lifted.

From 12th April

Calvert Kielder – care service, self-catering lodges and activities facilities. Call 01434 250232 or email  if you would like to check availability of either lodges or activities. 

From Tuesday 13th April

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and Wafflemeister takeaway or outside dining only

From 1st May

Kielder Forest Drive (to 1st December)

From 17th May

The following facilities at Kielder Waterside
Self-catering lodge holidays are open (two household or up to 6 people per lodge permitted)
The Forest Bar & Kitchen will serve food and drinks indoors

The Bug House soft play

Sauna and steam room
Weddings available for 30 guests
Caravan Site - all caravans 

Wafflemeister at Tower Knowe takeaway only at present

Kielder Observatory events will resume

From 22nd May 

The Oasis one of the rooms located in The Forest Bar & Kitchen will be open to lodge guests and day visitors on a Thursday and Saturday night. Booking essential


Date TBC - any remaining restrictions lifted

Planned reopening schedule for Kielder Water & Forest Park