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Rickmansworth Aquadrome


The Aquadrome covers 41 hectares and is home to a wide variety of facilities from wooded walks, lakes, play areas, a cafe and lush green open spaces. The address is Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, WD3 1NB.

Look through our leaflet to find out more about the Aquadrome and where it is. Aquadrome Leaflet (pdf)

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Your Guide to the Aquadrome

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As a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) it is also home to a variety of wildlife and plants and with its diverse habitats is an ideal place for walks and picnics. It is often host to lots of sporting activities such as public runs, bike rides and watersports.

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The Aquadrome LNR is open 365 days of the year (24 hours a day) 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. With a large car park and easy access for all, Rickmansworth Aquadrome has something for everyone.

Aquadrome car park opening times:

  • 1 May – 30 September   8am – 9.30pm
  • 1 October – 30 April       8am – 6pm

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Your virtual tour of The Aquadrome

What's on at The Aquadrome

caf-dog.jpgYou can walk around both Batchworth and Bury Lakes - approximately 1.6kms around Bury Lake and a further 1.4kms around Batchworth Lake.  If you are feeling really energetic then you could also walk the Easy Access Trail through the wet woodland which is around 1.3kms.

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 theaquadrome-boats-jpg.JPG district. If it's a sunny day a picnic in the dog free picnic area located close to the toilet facilities (which includes a toilet accessible with a RADAR key) and the Cafe in the Park, is an ideal way of relaxing for a few hours.

Please note: Strictly no barbeques permitted anywhere in the Aquadrome. 

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Facilities at The Aquadrome

There is a large children's play area with lots of exciting play equipment next to Batchworth Lake, with access off Riverside Drive.

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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.

The Aquadrome has a vibrant atmosphere, shown by the wide variety of clubs and organisations that use the facilities at the Aquadrome.  For more information regarding clubs, such as waterskiing, sailing and kayaking, please visit the Aquadrome clubs page. Please note:  Anyone wishing to participate in the watersports must be affiliated to the various clubs. 

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web-image-fotolia-91594418-m-copy.jpgIn addition, Three Rivers District Council organise various outdoor activities at parks and open spaces across Three Rivers. For activities at The Aquadrome, please visit events, community groups and volunteering page.

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.

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. If you happen to see any wildlife who are in distress, danger or hurt, please contact our local RSPCA office on 0208 966 9688.

Water Safety at the Aquadrome

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

If you happen to see one of the swans in danger or hurt, please contact The Swan Sanctuary on 01442 245524 or 07940 183600 with the exact location and nature of distress. For further information, please visit www.theswansanctuary.org.uk.

Green Flag

Greenflaglogoweb.jpgIn 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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Management Plan

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.

Aquadrome Management Plan 2013-2018 (pdf)

Fishing at the Aquadrome

There are fishing rights on Batchworth Lake and the adjacent River Colne.

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One 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.

Rickmansworth Festival

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.

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How to get there

Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth WD3 1NB

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By road: approximately 3.1 miles (5km) from junction 18 on the M25 off the A404.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. 

By tube:
Rickmansworth Station is approximately 1mile away from the main entrance and car park at the Aquadrome but less than half a mile from the entrance in the play area if walking from the station.

By bus: for services from Watford, Rickmansworth, Amersham and Chesham contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Share your views

Three Rivers District Council is not only responsible for the management of our parks and open spaces, we see ourselves as guardians who promote, conserve and enhance our natural heritage, for future generations. Why not contact us to tell us what you think about our parks and open spaces on 01923 776611 or e-mail us at leisure@threerivers.gov.uk

If you have enjoyed a particularly beautiful walk, cycle or hack through our picturesque countryside, parks or open spaces, then send your images or your photographs to us so that we can share them with everyone. Send your images to leisure@threerivers.gov.uk

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