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Bewl Water

Muddy says: Bewl is a big, beautiful reservoir offering a fantastic range of outdoor activities – from cycling to open air cinema, children’s parties to cookery courses – there’s fun stuff to do all year round. Oh and a decent restaurant too!

Did you know that Bewl Water is the largest stretch of open water in the South East? The 800 acre site sits pretty in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Weald and is the perfect place for family-fun, with playgrounds, cycling, fishing, cycling and boating being just some of the activities on offer.

Open all year round, in the summer there’s open air cinema or why not take a trip on The Bewl Belle boat? Or, if that’s too dignified for you, you can hire pedalos or rowing boats. And in the winter there’s lots of festive fun, like visits from Santa, Christmas themed crafts and fairground rides.

For casual dining The Waterfront Café has a large terrace looking out over the lake and is the perfect location to take in the views, enjoy a selection of snacks and ice creams or a tea/coffee.

If it’s more of an up-market restaurant atmosphere you’re after, Mr Muddy and I have eaten at The Boat House Bistro on several occasions – you just can’t beat that stunning panoramic view.

Or how about a cookery course? If you’d like to improve your skills, The Boat House Bistro are introducing private cookery lessons from Head Chef, Andre Woodward.

They even do kids parties here, like the Laser Challenge, if you’ve got a kid that likes shoot-em-up games.

And that’s not all folks, this place is even licensed for weddings! They can host both the ceremony and reception meaning couples can choose to marry to the backdrop of that beautiful stretch of open water.

Definitely a firm family favourite. Better still, parking costs just £3 per car for the entire day.

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