Seasonal Grounds Visiting


 

**IMPORTANT NOTICE**

Due to an increasing number of incidents involving wildlife within our grounds, we remind visitors that dogs must be kept on leads at all times.

Very often the dog’s owner is shocked and surprised that their normally docile pet could behave in this way. Even the most placid of domestic dogs can be triggered by the sight of a running deer or other animals into behaving outside their normal character.

Dog attacks on deer can result in severe injuries and no alternative but to euthanise the animal. Even if the target animal is not caught, the act of being chased can cause the deer detrimentally high levels of stress.

Although our grounds are home to a number of deer species (the rutting season is usually between May and August), Muntjac do not have a defined breeding season. Instead, they breed all year round. Particular consideration is required around fawns and their often defensive mothers.

 

What to do if you see a deer or other wildlife being attacked by a dog or dogs.

If the deer is under attack from a dog/dogs, attempting to intervene is potentially dangerous. You could alternately be injured by the deer that is trying to defend itself or bitten by the dog – especially if it is in a frenzied state.

  • Call the Police. 
  • If the deer is lying injured from a known dog attack, keep well back. The deer will be in shock or preparing to fight or flee.
  • Do not try to assist or move the deer. This can put you in danger and cause further stress to the deer. 
  • The Police will deal with the situation and have access to specialists.
  • Sadly deer injured by dogs rarely recover and often need to be euthanized.
  • The dog/dogs involved, if deemed dangerous, may be destroyed. 

 

To find out more, please visit The British Deer Society website by clicking the link below-

www.bds.org.uk

 


 

 

 

Open seasonally, our landscaped 400 acres of grounds... 

offer walks around our flat, tarmacked 3-mile loop of the rowing course, suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

 

Please note that we may need to change our grounds opening times at short notice. We recommend checking our grounds opening times below before traveling. 

Open seasonally from September to mid-April, our grounds consist of 400 acres of Arboretum, meadows, nature reserve, and 2,200 metre world famous rowing course. 

The 3-mile flat, tarmacked loop around Dorney Lake's rowing course is suitable for wheelchairs & buggies. 

 

This Month's Opening Times

We recommend checking when our grounds are open before traveling as occasionally we may need to change the opening times at short notice. 

 

Week Commencing 29/01/24  
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Grounds

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Closed

7am - 7pm

Arboretum Car Park 

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Closed

7am - 7pm

Week Commencing 05/02/24  
  Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Grounds

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Arboretum Car Park 

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Week Commencing 12/02/24  
  Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Grounds

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Arboretum Car Park 

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Week Commencing 19/02/24  
  Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Grounds

Closed

Closed

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Closed

Closed

Arboretum Car Park 

Closed

Closed

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Closed

Closed

Week Commencing 26/02/24  
  Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Grounds

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Closed

Closed

Arboretum Car Park 

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

7am - 7pm

Closed

Closed


 

Site Etiquette

For the enjoyment and safety of all visitors and users of our venue and grounds, please be reminded of our site rules.

 

· Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. This is imperative to prevent a collision hazard with other members of the public, rowing & canoeing coaches on bicycles, vehicles moving around site and other venue users.  

. Always clean up after your dog and use the waste bins provided. Also, please can you take your litter home with you.

· For your own safety pedestrians must not use the Main Access Road between the security barriers at the main entrance and the Boathouse. This is in use 24/7 for vehicles/delivery lorries/rowing trailers traveling at speed.

· Cycle training (speeds exceeding 10mph), training in peloton/groups and speed skating around site is prohibited. Strictly no cycling in front of the boathouse.

. Please keep to the middle path around the lake to avoid collision with rowing & canoe training as the paths closest to the water are designated for rowing & canoe coaches on bicycles.

· No swimming, paddling, jumping, diving or fishing is permitted. Also, no BBQ’s or fires are permitted.

· Please park in designated areas only, and if the car park is full please can we ask that you return on another day. Do not park on local roads including Court Lane or Marsh Lane.

· Please keep young children under close supervision at all times, especially around open water.

· We ask that our staff are treated with courtesy and respect. Any aggressive or violent behavior towards our staff or any member of the public within our site will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

 


 

On Site Facilities 

Public Toilets 

Our public toilets, including disabled facilities, can be found at The Boathouse next to our main reception. Please note, this is approx. 1.5 miles walk from the main entrance and arboretum car park.

 

Food & Drink

Although we do not have a dedicated on-site cafe or restaurant, we can recommend some fantastic local eateries a short walk or drive away from our main entrance. 

Crocus at Dorney Court - > 0.5 miles

The Palmers Arms - 0.5 miles

The Pineapple - 0.7 miles

We do have water points near The Boathouse where you can fill up your re-useable bottle. 

 


 

Car Parking 

 

For visitors to our grounds, we welcome parking in the Arboretum Car Park situated just inside our main entrance gates.  

There is a flat rate charge to park of £2.50 which can be made by either contactless payment or by the JustPark app. 

The Arboretum Car Park offers limited parking. If full, please come back another day or at a later time when it is quieter. Do not park on surrounding local roads. 

If you are attending a hospitality or sporting event at Dorney Lake, please contact your event organiser for specific event parking instructions.

 

Blue Badge Holders

We offer complimentary car parking for Blue Badge Holders. Disabled parking is available Monday to Friday, 08.00 - 16.30 at the Ash Tree located halfway down the lake. This can be accessed by calling 'Reception' at the barrier intercom. For Blue Badge Holders parking in our Arboretum Car Park, please apply for a pass either in advance or within 24 hours of your visit with our car park management company by following the link below. 

https://www.countrywideparking.co.uk/dorney-lake/

 

 

 


 

 

 

Celebrate the Festive Season 

From one of the most unique Christmas Parties in Berkshire to our sell-out Family Festive Events, Dorney Lake is the perfect place for friends, family, and colleagues to celebrate the festive season.

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Our private event spaces offer private dining for 10 to 200 for that special gathering. Perfect to eat, drink, be merry, let loose, and dance the night away. 

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