Covid-19 October Update

We would like to reassure our park visitors that your health and safety is of utmost importance.

We have had to make some decisions in the best interest of our visitors and staff.

  • Vicar Water Country Park is open
  • Rumbles cafe is offering an outdoor 'take-away' service and reduced indoor seating
  • The toilets are open and being cleaned regularly
  • The play area is open but please see the extra safety advice on this page
  • Our volunteer working groups are taking place again following strict Covid-19 safety precautions 
  • Forest Schools and many park events have been cancelled

We believe these are the most responsible decisions to make at this time. We will continue to monitor this developing situation and share updates as soon as they are available via our website and social media channels.

In line with Government guidance

  • if you have a high temperature, or new continuous cough, please postpone your visit to the park and stay at home for 14 days
  • Please also ensure that you practice good hand hygiene
  • Stay 2m apart from one another and be considerate of others
  • Do not visit the park in groups of more than 6 people
  • No team games or large groups activities
  • Use the park and open space responsibly for your daily exercise
  • Please do not drop litter but use the bins provided to reduce the spread of germs

Using playgrounds during Covid-19 

  • If the playground you visit has not yet officially been opened, please do not attempt to use, or access the equipment or area
  • If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting
  • Social distancing should be followed and groups of parents and children should stay 2 metres apart if possible
  • The virus can be transmitted when you touch surfaces. If children use a playground they should be extra careful about hand hygiene and everyone should use an alcohol based hand sanitiser immediately before and after using the play equipment
  • Do not use playgrounds if you have Covid-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or lack or taste or smell
  • Encourage children to catch coughs or sneezes with a tissue or on their sleeve, not hands. Put tissues and used gloves in the bin
  • Remind children not to touch their face, eyes, nose or mouth
  • We recommend no eating and drinking in the play area for safety
  • The play equipment is inspected regularly but it is not sanitised
  • Consider bringing your own hygiene products to clean touch points such as swing chains and equipment handles
  • Do not drop litter, use the bins provided for all waste
  • We need all parents and children to behave responsibly in our playgrounds to prevent the spread of the virus

COVID-19 Fishing 

Please find below the rules and guidelines. 

  • Fishing is open to season ticket holders of Clipstone Angling Club (ask for a key to the barrier)
  • Day tickets are available but fishermen will need to park in the top carpark and walk to the main lake.
  • Night fishing is available for members of Clipstone Angling Club
  • There are only a certain number of pegs available to fish in order to help maintain social distancing
  • Season ticket holders can request a key for the vehicle barrier from the top car park to Vicar Water Lake
  • No other public access via vehicle will be allowed via the vehicle barrier at the top car park
  • All people fishing will be expected to comply with social distancing rules
  • Anyone found not respecting these rules will be asked to leave
  • These rules and regulations will be under regular review between Newark and Sherwood District Council and Clipstone Angling Club and we will update site users when changes will be made
  • No BBQ's
  • For more information on fishing at Vicar Water please email:

Park facilities

At the centre of the park is Vicar Pond, a large fishing lake that was created by the 5th Duke of Portland in the 1870s. 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

Recyclable packaging at Rumbles CafeVisitor Centre and Rumbles Cafe

The Rumbles team welcome you to the park cafe.

An outside and take-away service is being offered and there is some inside seating for wet days. If you wish to avoid disappointment you can book a table in advance by phone, email or Facebook.

The autumn menu includes breakfasts, lite bites and winter warmers. The scones and cakes are legendary! 

There are plenty of healthy and veggie menu choices and there is new recyclable and compostable packaging for take-aways.

The cafe is a run by Rumbles Catering Project, which is a charity providing education and training for people with learning difficulties.

For further details of Rumbles menus and services or to enquire about hiring the Visitor Centre facilities please call 01623 424836 or e-mail

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:

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. 

Friends of Vicar Water Country 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: 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.

New play area

Zipwire at Vicar Water Country ParkThe new play area includes a giant zipwire, climbing frames, swings and roundabouts.

Please follow the Covid-19 signage and stay safe.

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.

Forest school

NEW to our parks in Newark and Clipstone

Book places for our new outdoor learning programme with park rangers George and Matt.

Nature inspired activities for kids

Here’s a round-up of some great resources for smart and curious kids to help inspire an interest in nature and a commitment to looking after our planet.

Vicar Water Country Park events 2020

Our regular events include bird walks, wildflower walks, nature walks, bat walks, school holiday activities and fun days

  • All park events currently cancelled due to Covid-19

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Vicar Water Angling Club

For fishing enquiries please call the fishing bailiff on 07595 834 209 or




Sky lantern and balloon release ban

Sky lanterns and helium balloon releases are now banned in our council parks.

The decision has been made due to concerns about the environmental impact of the balloons and risk to the public and animals.

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