Covid-19 July 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 when the weather allows
- Our volunteer working groups have been cancelled
- 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
- No team games or large groups activities
- Stay 2m apart from one another and be considerate of others
- 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
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: email@example.com
Children’s Wildflower Art Competition
We have created an abundance of new ‘no mow’ and wildflower areas in our parks in Newark and Clipstone.
We would like local children to design a signage board to help explain to visitors that grass is being left longer and wildflowers are being encouraged to grow and flower providing a food source and habitat for bees and butterflies.
The competition is open to children living in Newark and Sherwood up to the age of 13 years.
We are looking for a design that helps children recognise the flora and fauna they might encounter in one of our parks and to help them appreciate the need to protect our local wildlife.
Many of the designs will be displayed in our parks and via our social media channels. Two children will be awarded a prize in addition to their designs being made into permanent signage in our parks.
Use A4 paper and write your name, age, school and a contact email or phone number clearly on the back.
Local libraries will have books with pictures to help with ideas.
Colour your drawing any way you wish, using crayons, paint, or felt tips.
Post your design to Lynn Preece at Newark and Sherwood District Council, Environmental Services, Brunel Drive, Newark, Notts, NG24 2EG by the end of August, OR leave your design with Ranger George at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark or Ranger Matt at Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone
The drawings may be included in a council press release but we will not print any names without permission.
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
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.
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.
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: 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 cafe
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
New play area
The 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.
NEW to our parks in Newark and Clipstone
Book places for our new outdoor learning programme with park rangers George and Matt.
Vicar Water Country Park events 2020
Our regular events include bird walks, wildflower walks, nature walks, bat walks, school holiday activities and fun days
- Vicar Water Pond Dipping - cancelled
- Morning bird walk Saturday 20 June - cancelled
- Vicar Water Fun Day Sunday 6 September
Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts to find out about our events and join in the conversation!
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.