Rickmansworth Aquadrome

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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. 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.

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. With a large car park and easy access for all, Rickmansworth Aquadrome has something for everyone.

Aquadrome opening hours:

1 May – 30 September   8am – 9.30pm

1 October – 30 April       8am – 6pm

IMG_0745-17.jpgTake a quick tour of the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve , visit Our climate is changing website to see the interactive map of the Aquadrome or download our leaflet ot find out more about what Rickmansworth Aquadrome has to offer.

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.

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

Play Area 2.jpgThere is a large children's play area with lots of exciting play equipment next to Batchworth Lake, with access off Riverside Drive.

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 has a vibrant Waterski Club with a wide membership that operates throughout the year and has an active youth programme. 

Next door Bury Lake is used for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Anyone wishing to participate in the watersports must be affiliated to the various clubs. Activities on Bury Lake range from sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and model yachts and on the lake and adjoining River Colne there are fishing rights.

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.

Water Safety at the Aquadrome

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

What do people think

Each year Three Rivers District Council carries out a survey of the users of the Aquadrome. You can download the 2014 results here.

Green Flag Award for Rickmansworth Aquadrome

Green Flag

In 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.

Aquadrome Feedback Report 2013-2014 (doc) 

What's on at the Aquadrome

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Join us for guided walks to discover our local wildlife in their natural habitat.

We will have bat detectors for you to use on our Bat Walks and special 'catch and release' vessels on our Wildlife Walks so you can see smaller creatures up close!

The Park Ranger will be on hand to help identify the wildlife we encountre and explain their important role in the biodiversity of our green spaces.

We always meet by the cafe in the park.

All ages welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

To book your place or find out more, please call 01923 776611 or e-mail

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 (pdf)


Fishing at the Aquadrome

IMG_8705-17.jpgDay tickets

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 or Eddie Edwards 07890 290634 

Rickmansworth Festival

ricky festival crowd.jpgThe 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.

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.

How to get there

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 approx 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.

Google: How to find Rickmansworth Aquadrome.

Filming and events

Rickmansworth Aquadrome is regularly used for a range of events, including photo shoots, as a filming location, for outdoor keep fit classes and much more.

If you would like to hire this beautiful park for an event please contact or call 01923 776611 for further information.

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

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.

As part of our management role, we want to make sure that we are meeting the needs of our residents.

Are we providing what you need from our parks and open spaces?

Each year Three Rivers District Council carries out a survey of the users of our parks and open spaces but we may not get the opportunity to speak to everyone.

Why not contact us to tell us what you think about our parks and open spaces on 01923 776611 or e-mail us at

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