At the centre of the park is Vicar Pond, a large fishing lake that was created by the 5th Duke of Portland in the 1870's. In the past the lake has been used for boating and swimming but today it is a thriving course fishery (day tickets available). The park is also a designated local nature reserve.
The Green Flag awarded park has been transformed to heathland, woodland and grassland and offers spectacular views across to Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Entry to Vicar Water is free of charge although there is a voluntary car park donation charge of £1 if visitors so wish to donate.
Large lake and abundant wildlife
Footpaths and cycleways suitable for all abilities including the Sustrans National Route 6 and the Timberland Trail
Visitor centre and Rumbles Café
Toilets located in the visitor centre
Children’s play area
Small pond (for model boats and duck feeding)
Golden Hand sculpture
Wildlife, habitats and Education
The park is available for use for environmental education purposes, any enquires should be directed to the Ranger who can be contacted via 07980 610 308 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicar Water offers a range of wildlife and habitats. Whether you want to see birds, bats, wildflowers or fungi there is always something to see at the park.
The Friends of Vicar Water volunteer group is involved in helping us to look after the park. The group meets regularly and welcomes new members. Call 01636 655713 for further details.
Based in west Nottinghamshire? Want to meet new people, keep fit, help to conserve and enhance your local country park whilst having fun? Then why not join the Newark and Sherwood Western Reserves Volunteers? No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm!
Tasks will vary from scrub bashing, fencing, visitor surveys, repairing footpaths, woodland thinning and habitat surveying so there is something for everyone! You will get the chance to work at Vicar Water Country Park and Intake Wood in Clipstone and Sherwood Heath in Ollerton.
Full training and tools will be provided but please bring suitable old outdoor clothing and stout footwear. Any hours and days that you can spare will be greatly appreciated.
For more information please contact Park Ranger Matt Smith via email: email@example.com or via telephone on 07980 610 308.
Voluntary parking charge
The park has a voluntary pay and display scheme. If you drive to the park you can, if you wish, make a parking donation of £1 for a day, or buy a season ticket for £20.
No-one is under any obligation to make a donation but any donations will be reinvested in the park. Everyone is still welcome to use the park, regardless of whether they make a donation or not and you won't be charged or fined if you don't buy a ticket.
Visitor centre and Rumbles Café
The Visitor Centre and café is run by Rumbles Catering Project - a registered charity which provides training in catering and life skills for people with learning difficulties. Rumbles can also provide outside catering for events, parties and functions.
The cafe provides a great family friendly place to relax when visiting the park. There is plenty to eat and drink in the cafe and outside is a play area for the kids it's the perfect spot to wind down after a walk and an explore.
For further details of Rumbles menus and services or to enquire about hiring the Visitor Centre facilities please call 01623 424836 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Events and activities
Our regular events include bird walks, wildflower walks, nature walks, bat walks, school holiday activities and fun days!
Art in the Park - Thursday 3 August outside Rumbles Cafe 1pm to 3pm
Larks in the Park - Sunday 5 August outside Rumbles Cafe 1pm to 3pm
Vicar Water Fun Day - Sunday 3 September - save the date
Pond Dipping - Thursday 3, 10 and 17 August. Meet outside the visitor centre, bring your wellies!
Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts to find out about our events and join in the conversation!
Vicar Water Fun Day
Sunday 3 September from lunchtime
Our annual fun day in the park with music, stalls, refreshments and free activities for children.
Join Newark and Sherwood Play Support team for children's play and craft activities and have fun with Lynn and Max for circus skills. Not forgetting Rumbles Cafe for the best scones in the district!
How to Find Us
Vicar Water can be reached via public transport by using Stagecoach travel and catching the number 14, 15, or 16 bus. A bus stop is located at the top of the entrance drive.
Vicar Water Calendar
A calendar with beautiful photos of Vicar Water is on sale now. Visit Matt at the ranger station or contact Floss at email@example.com to buy online. There are also calendars available featuring Sconce and Devon park and Newark Castle and Gardens.