Croft Farm Waterpark has changed a lot since its days of being a working crop farm in the ’60s. The lake at its heart was created in the ’90s after a minerals company twenty-year stint of gravel and sand extraction. The original owner of the farm and site took a five-day course in windsurfing instruction, purchased six boards and from there the park was born. After many years of hard work and restoration, it is now a beautifully landscaped site that is used by many for enjoying various water sports and activities, providing a range of activities including the increasingly popular Stand-Up Paddleboarding. It is also a very peaceful spot to just sit at the waters edge and watch the world go by. On-site there is a lakeside cafe and bar housed in a timber clubhouse so a meal or a drink is always just a short walk away. The on-site gym, Gym and Tonic, is a very welcoming and well-equipped space. On offer are classes, personal training, outdoor activities and nutrition training. You could also just enjoy some well deserved time relaxing in the sauna.
Tewkesbury itself is an amazingly beautiful, history soaked river town. Tewkesbury Abbey is almost 900 years old and still has its Norman built tower. The Abbey is a fascinating site to visit, much of its structure is the original 12th century building. The Abbey is not only a great day out, it holds many concerts throughout the year and has an annual Musica Deo Sacra festival. There is also the annual Mediaeval fair and Food and Drink Festival to look forward to. Both are extremely well known and highly anticipated. Although these events are so well known you do not have to wait a year for excitement! There is a monthly farmers market to explore and many other dates to look forward to throughout the year, from vintage fairs to sporting events there is something for everyone to enjoy. With its three museums, theatre, nature trail and ferry rides being just a tiny selection of Tewkesbury attractions you will never be lost for something to do.
The Cross Keys Inn is situated just outside of the site. With its real ale, coffee and a beer garden it is a truly traditional pub and a great place to socialise and get to know people. In Tewkesbury centre, a five minute drive away, you can find a vast selection of tea rooms, cafés, pubs and restaurants. The only downside is choosing exactly where you want to go! The rivers Avon and Severn and the many lakes in the area provides many great places to fish. There are many established cycling routes that take you through the town and countryside and walking trails that range from challenging hikes to gentle strolls. Or you could simply enjoy the tranquility of nature in the recently opened Nature Reserve and see it develop and establish itself as a floodplain and wetland habitat. It is already a birdwatchers delight, with rare species such as the Cuckoo settling there.
Croft Farm Water Park