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Hollingworth Lake Adventure & Water Activity Centre
Lakebank, Hollingworth Lake
Greater Manchester
OL15 0DQ

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Contact Information

Telephone: 01706 370499


Opening Times

  • Summer (March-October)
    1. Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Winter (November-February)

    Currently closed
    Please phone or email ahead for on the day opening and closing times as these vary throughout the winter months.

  • Day Permit Opening Times (March-October) – please check ahead for weekday opening hours for Day Permits
    1. Saturday – Sunday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Discover days out with a difference at Hollingworth Lake Adventure and Water Activity Centre!

We have a great selection of outdoor activities – land and water based – suitable for absolute beginners through to experienced watersports enthusiasts.

Hire a mini electric boat or pedalo and take in the idyllic scenery of the Pennines while you’re out on the water, or float off on a Stand Up Paddleboard – there really is something for everybody.


What’s On

Additional Needs

We are an RYA Sailability Centre meaning we can provide sailing experiences for everyone regardless of any additional needs.

We can help you to learn to sail in our Hansa Access Dingy or we can support you to enjoy a trip with our experienced staff in our large Drascomb Lugger.

If you don’t fancy sailing, many of our sessions can be adapted to involve people who require extra support. We are able to hoist onto the boats and our centre has facilities for assisted personal changing.

Please give us a call on 01706 370499 to discuss your specific requirements and we can work together to get you on the water and up the climbing wall.


We are a fully accessible Centre with hoists, changing facilities and toilets. 

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.  

We do have a small number of lockers in the Centre but any valuables can be stored with us behind the desk. We do not take responsibility of any personal equipment.  

There is a Council owned Pay and Display car park that you can use.  Please arrive with enough time to find a parking space.  

Around the area there are a number of cafes and restaurants available to get something to eat or drink. 

For all water based activities you will need swimwear, a towel and a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. We provide wetsuits. 

For dry activities you will need suitable clothing for being outside or inside depending on the  session. 

The activity centre caters for all age groups starting with 4-6 year olds through our mini splash sessions. 

From 6 years onwards we have different sessions available both on the water and on land either here at Hollingworth Lake or during our after school programs.

From 16 years onwards we cater for adults on all of our Open Sessions, Tasters and Courses including Instructor Courses available with us. 

If you can’t make a date for a course we offer 1:1 or 2 people to 1 instructor sessions with an instructor who will work with you at your pace to gain a qualification. 

Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre caters for a wide variety of groups, from schools, uniform groups like Scouts, Cadets, birthday parties, and friendship groups. 

We are also set up to work with disability groups with a wide variety of options. 

You will need a day or annual permit which can be bought at reception and we will need to see 3rd party insurance. Some National Governing Bodies like the Royal Yachting Association and British Canoeing will provide it, but please check with them directly, this is up to you to check. 

To hire a boat we ask that you have a minimum Level 1 qualification or have had a direct assessment from one of our instructors, we are more than happy to provide this. 

Gift vouchers are a great present that can be used on all of our activities and sessions.  Please contact us or visit the centre to buy them.