The Rivers District Council has worked with the Countryside Management Service to review the management plan for the Aquadrome and draw up plans to achieve the vision, aims and objectives for the site from 2013 - 2018.  You can download the site management plan and its appendices below.

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What's on at the Aquadrome?

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or click here to download the flyer

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How to get there?

Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve
Frogmoor Lane
Off Harefield Road

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: Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve

Aquadrome Car Park Opening Times: 
1 May - 30 September 8am-9.30pm
1 October - 30 April 8am-6.00pm

We are amending the closing time of the Aquadrome car park as a trial from 1 May to 30 September 2014 to 9:30pm instead of the current 8:30pm closure.


About the Aquadrome

Covering 41 hectares, the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve (LNR) consists of lakes, grassland and woodland and is an ideal place for walks.

General information leaflet.

Rickmansworth Aquadrome

The Aquadrome LNR is open 365 days of the year and there is no admission charge. There is plenty of free parking available, including bays for disabled drivers and improvements have been made to the network of paths around the reserve so wheelchair users can get around easily.

At the centre of the Aquadrome are two lakes, formed by the extraction of the gravel used in the construction of the original Wembley Stadium.

Batchworth Lake is fished and is home to the water-skiing club.

Inside the Cafe in the Park at Rickmansworth AquadromeNext door Bury Lake is used for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Anyone wishing to participate in the watersports must be affiliated to the various clubs.

Adjacent to Bury Lake is Stockers Lake, a bird and wildlife sanctuary owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Whilst you're at the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve a visit to the Cafe in the Park, which is open from 9:30am to 5pm, will refuel you! You will also find information on other nature reserves and walks in the district.

If it's a sunny day a picnic in the dog free picnic area located close to the toilet facilities and the Cafe in the Park, is an ideal way of relaxing for a few hours.

Ebury Play Area at Rickmansworth Aquadrome.There is a children's play area next to Batchworth Lake, with access off Riverside Drive.

Take a quick tour of the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve or visit Our climate is changing website to see the interactive map of the Aquadrome.

Aquadrome general information leaflet

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Please note: Strictly no barbeques permitted anywhere in the Aquadrome. The ban has been in place since 2007 and will be until further notice. (April 2013).

Green Flag

Green Flag Award for Rickmansworth AquadromeIn 2009 the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve became an award winning open space when it received its first Green Flag Award. The award has been re-awarded every year since then. Find out why judges rate this reserve as such a special place.

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Get involved...become a Friend

There are lots of different types of support we need from volunteers. It could be help with planning future management plans, clearing banks, conducting wildlife surveys or consultation with users.

If you would like more information or would like to be a Friend of the Aquadrome then contact Kay FitzGerald on 01923 776611 or email

Water Safety at the Aquadrome

To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code.

Fishing at the Aquadrome

Day tickets

Children at Rickmansworth Aquadrome Local Nature ReserveOne day tickets for fishing at the Aquadrome LNR on Batchworth Lake are available from council offices at Three Rivers House.

Tickets are £5 each to adults (including OAP's) and are free to juniors of 17 and under and free to registered disabled. Tickets purchased after 4pm will be valid for the rest of that day (until dusk) and the following day.

Regular fishing

If you would like to fish at the Aquadrome LNR on a regular basis, you need to contact Uxbridge Rovers Angling and Conservation Society.
Secretary: Mark Radcliffe 07957 587576


Eddie Edwards 07890 290634

Cycling at the Aquadrome

Families are welcome to cycle at the Aquadrome.  Part of National Cycle Route 61 runs through the Aquadrome and this is marked on site by directional finger-posts.

Events and activities

The Rickmansworth Festival takes place on the third weekend of May every year at the Aquadrome LNR. Celebrating canals, the community and the environment, the festival has been going for over twenty years and is the highlight of the town’s annual calendar and finale of Rickmansworth Week.

Rickmansworth Festival at the Aquadrome

If you would like to use the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve for filming, a children's party, fete or similar event please contact the Leisure department on 01923 776611 or email

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