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Keep up to date with the latest news from Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Water Sports Centre.

National Fitness Day 2020

Sep 16, 2020

What is National Fitness Day?

National Fitness Day is an annual celebration of fitness, raising awareness of the importance of leading an active lifestyle.

We’re celebrating National Fitness Day with a whole host of free taster sessions for everyone to experience the fun of staying active, no matter how fit you are.

With this year’s pandemic, the importance of keeping active has been even more prominent in the news, so National Fitness Day is the chance for you to try out different activities and find an exercise that you enjoy.

National Fitness Day also celebrates what fitness means to people, breaking down the barriers that stop people being active through the hashtag #Fitness2Me across social media.


When is National Fitness Day 2020?

National Fitness Day 2020 takes place on Wednesday 23rd September 2020, however we have free sessions throughout the week for you to enjoy as part of the Great British Week of Sport.


How can you get involved?

We know exercising isn’t for everyone and even stepping foot into a leisure centre can be challenging for many, which is why we’re offering free taster sessions throughout the week to give you the opportunity and flexibility to try something that suits you.

Whether you need the motivation of working out with others or are looking for a new workout plan, we have something for everyone to give you a taste of what we offer.

What’s more, we are proud that over 95% of our members said they have felt safe visiting us with the Covid-secure changes we’ve made to the centre (survey, July 2020), so we welcome you to come on down for one of our free National Fitness Day taster sessions and see for yourself the changes we’ve made.

Please note, all sessions must be booked in advance to ensure we can maintain social distancing within the centre.


March 2020

23rd March - Covid-19 Update at Holme Pierrepont Country Park

We hope that all our customers, members, staff and local community are keeping as safe as possible during this difficult and uncertain time.

Due to developments with the national situation, government advice and working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, we have decided to close the Country Park as of tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th 2020 . This includes, all walking routes, facilities, buildings and car parks in an effort to help deliver social distancing.  

The site will remain closed until further notice and we will update you through our usual channels to let you know when we will reopen.

We thank everyone for their continued support and patience and hope to see you all very soon.

The team at Holme Pierrepont Country Park

March 2020

20th March - Covid-19 Update at Holme Pierrepont Country Park

Following on from our most recent update on the closure for Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Water Sports Centre and following the Government guidance as on Friday 20th March 2020, we will be closing all buildings and facilities as of this evening. This means that we will not be open from Saturday 21st March 2020 until further notice.

If you have a booking with us: We will be contacting you over the next week to go through the options of either rescheduling, a return visit voucher or a refund.

If you are a member: Your membership will be automatically frozen until we re-open.

Any further questions please don't hesitate to get in touch via email or telephone 0115 9821 212

March 2020

Covid-19 Update at Holme Pierrepont Country Park

Brian Taylor, Chair, for Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust, which manages Holme Pierrepont Country Park on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

“Working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, and in light of the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the joint decision to temporarily close all buildings at Holme Pierrepont Country Park beginning Monday 23rd March 2020.”

“All water sports across the whole site will also be closed from this date for public use. This covers all casual users, club users and member use. We have made this decision as we are not able to provide adequate washing facilities for people taking part in water sports, which is in line with the sites water quality management process. However, we would like to make it clear that the country park itself will remain open for the general public to enjoy. While our facilities are closed, we would encourage people to keep as active as they can, benefiting from the physical and mental health benefits of regular exercise in whatever form they can access. To support the community to use the green spaces, our car park charges will be suspended through this period of closure.”

“We will ensure everyone is kept up to date on our progress to re-open the whole site via our website and social media pages. More specific information to certain user groups (such as members and people with future bookings) will be contacted in due course, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and other site users for their patience and understanding during this difficult period.”

February 2020

Flooding & Site Closure at Holme Pierrepont Country Park

  • What areas are still open?
    The gym, accommodation, conferencing, main café and country park (however, parking is limited)
  • What areas are closed?
    The white water reception, white water course, outdoor adventure zone, regatta lake, boat bays, old ski tow lake,  and nature reserve are currently closed and severely affected by flooding.
  • Can I come down and pick up my boats from storage? 
    Please call us before 0115 982 1212
  • Can I come down for a walk if I stay on paths or higher ground?
    You can now come down and walk around site, please take note of any signage and water quality.
  • When will you be fully back open?
    We will be assessing the river levels hourly and putting updates out when circumstances change through our social media channels.
  • I’ve pre-booked an activity what should I do?
    We’ve been attempting to contact everyone who has pre-booked, however if you want more info please contact us on 0115 982 1212 /
  • Where can I find river level information?
    Please see this link here: 
    FYI, our highest limit for public use on the White Water Course is 2.2m.

Please call us for more information: 0115 982 1212


October 2018

National Sports Centres leading the way on mental health awareness

Four National Sports Centres: Bisham Abbey, Lilleshall, Stoke Mandeville Stadium and the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont Country Park are coming together to launch the Heads Up campaign, whose aim is to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing among staff at the facilities.

The centres, all operated by Serco Leisure, have already put 32 key senior staff members through Mental Health First Aid Training, a course which teaches participants how to identify and support individuals who may be experiencing mental health issues, by signposting them towards the appropriate employee resource.  As part of Heads Up, this nationally-recognised course will be offered to front of house staff, arming those team members with the skills needed to be the first line of support for colleagues experiencing mental health issues.

Steven Shuttlewood, Sports Development Manager and Heads Up lead for the National Centres said:

“Heads Up is our way of recognising that we can all do more to promote awareness of mental health issues.

“We want to use sport and activity as a route to better mental health, so staff are encouraged to take part in the regular sport and social activities we run at the sites. We’re always looking to add more, and mix the variety so people not into sports have options, like our regular Midday Mile lunchtime walks at Lilleshall.

“This isn’t just about staff though. A great example of the way we’ve engaged with users of our facilities this year were the Football in Mind tournaments we hosted at Lilleshall. These were for people using the sport as a route to recovery, or to maintain their mental health. The tournaments were a huge success with over 180 people taking part and many more turning up to show support.

“So many of us work in busy, deadline driven environments, but it’s vital we all take time to think about the people we work for and alongside, and think about our own mental health.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England’s Property Director, said: “The Heads Up campaign and the skills that it will equip people with are a welcome addition to the work that already takes place to ensure the wellbeing of colleagues. It has been proven that sport and activity can be hugely beneficial to people who may have mental health problems.  Sport England is delighted to see the Heads Up Campaign being extended to the leisure sector.”

Heads Up aims to actively tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Using the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health.

Steven and his team will be regularly monitoring the range of activities on offer and focusing on the needs of staff, allowing them to take positive action on their own mental health issues.

Each month, the teams will be celebrating and sharing information about what’s happening at part of the campaign, with #MoreHeadsUp introduced to tie everything together under one umbrella.

13th August 2018

New Indoor Cycling Studio, powered by Wattbike, to open this September!

This September we’re launching our brand NEW Indoor Cycling Studio, powered by Watt Bike, to bring our members a state-of-the-art indoor cycling experience!

What is Wattbike?
Endorsed by the UCI World Cycling Centre, the Wattbike measures Watts, Cadence and Heart Rate with scientific accuracy.

The Wattbike can be used by everyone for training, testing and rehabilitation. The dual air and magnetic resistance system can recreate any required resistance with smooth transitions to replicate the feel of a real bike.

How does an Indoor Cycling Studio, powered by Wattbike, differ to a normal Indoor Cycling Studio?
We’ll have the latest technology to bring you real time results during your classes so you can track your performance and measure your results. The studio has two huge screens, which enable you to monitor your own performance throughout the class.

And not only that! We’re also partnering with SUF Cycling, creators of the highly acclaimed video-based indoor cycling programme, to bring you HIIT workouts developed by world-class cycling coaches that will place you into the middle of the world’s greatest races like the Tour de France, as part of our new Cycling Studio.

Pedal and Prosecco Launch Event
We’ll be launching our new studio on 3 September with a free Pedal and Prosecco event!

Join us for the launch where you’ll be able to take part in a taster session in our new studio and then enjoy some prosecco and nibbles in our Lakeside Café afterwards.

Spaces are limited! Secure your place by booking a session online:


10th August 2018

British Canoeing Host Super September

Come along to the Holme Pierrepont Open: 1-2 September 2018, here at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham!

Watch the crème de la crème of the British Team race in the canoe sprint, paracanoe and wildwater. Plus there’s the chance to watch the visually exhilarating sports of canoe freestyle and canoe polo!

All this happening, and it’s free to spectate! Find out more:


22nd January 2018

TV’s Rob Edmond to host Warrior Assault obstacle course free experience day

The all-action Warrior Assault obstacle course is coming to Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of The National Water Sports Centre and a free experience day will be held on Saturday, February 10th 2018 to give customers a taster of what to expect when the event launches properly on Saturday June 9th 2018.

Warrior Assault consists of over 30 obstacles, which include the award winning 3 storey super slide ‘Take Off’. On the experience day, people can try out a selection of the major obstacles, which will make up the full course in June.

The February experience day will be hosted by TV’s Rob Edmond, best known for his role as the no-nonsense trainer from ITV1’s weight loss show ‘The Biggest Loser’ with Davina McCall. He’ll be on hand to give advice on how best to attack the course and give instruction on how to train and better prepare for Obstacle Races.

Rob said: “Events like Warrior Assault are a great family day out. You’ve got the full course for anyone over 16, but there’s also options for 4-11 and 12-15 year olds.

Warrior Assault is going to attract adrenaline junkies who want a real physical challenge, but don’t let the obstacles put off any newbies who want to try an obstacle course for the first time.

On the experience day, I’ll be giving advice on how best to approach the challenges but also stressing that big events like these are as much about fun as they are about competitiveness.”

James Palmer, Holme Pierrepont Country Park’s General Manager said: “We’re really pleased to be bringing Warrior Assault to Holme Pierrepont Country Park as another dimension to our existing portfolio of big family day out events and attractions.

We know this is an important time of year for people looking to improve their fitness and obstacle course races offer a fun way of doing this. Our aim is to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles so we’ve made sure the event is suitable for all abilities, as well as including a course for children to encourage families to take up exercise and get fit together.”


21st June 2017

Notice for all Country Park Users - Blue Green Algae on the Lake

Blue-Green Algae has been seen in significant amounts in the Main Regatta Lake at Holme Pierrepoint Country Park home of the National Water Sports Centre.  At this stage the lake is not closed however please consider the information and advice below.

What is it?
Blue-green algae generally grow in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams when the water is warm and enriched with nutrients like phosphorus or nitrogen.

What problems do blue-algae cause?
The water may be discoloured green, blue-green or greenish brown and several species can produce musty, earthy or grassy odours. Blooms can also cause foaming on the shoreline which is sometimes confused with sewage pollution. Some bloom and scum forming blue-green algae can produce toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, farm livestock and domestic pets. They can also be harmful to human health.

What are the health risks?
Blue-green algae are capable of producing several different toxins. People may be exposed to these toxins through contact with the skin (e.g. when swimming), through inhalation or by swallowing contaminated water.

These toxins can cause skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, fever and headaches. Occasionally they can cause more serious illness such as liver and brain damage. Children are at greater risk than adults of developing problems because of their comparative lower body weight.

How can the health risks be minimised?
Not all blue-green algae blooms and scums are toxic but it is not possible to tell from appearance and so it’s best to assume they are harmful and take the following precautions:

  • Do not swim in the water
  • Do not swallow the water
  • Avoid contact with the algae
  • All users especially beginners should consider their ability to remain out of the water

Anyone who has come into contact with water containing blue-green algae should shower with fresh water immediately. Anyone who has come into contact with affected water and has become ill should obtain medical attention and inform site staff. - 0115 9821212

11th April 2017

Water Sports Centre to host World Championship Canoeing event

We’re very pleased to announce that the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC) been awarded the International Canoeing Federation (ICF) World Freestyle Canoeing Championships to be held in August and September of 2021.

This is great news for the site and all the teams that had a hand in the selection process. We’re looking forward to welcoming over 300 of the world’s best freestylers, plus spectators and media from countries far and wide. 

Claire O’Hara is the most successful female freestyle paddler of all time and an eight-time world champion. She had this to say about the news and the facilities at the NWSC:

“This is fantastic news for British freestyle paddlers.  We have been one of the leading forces in freestyle for a long time and without a doubt, this is in part to do with the incredible training facilities in Nottinghamshire.

Holme Pierrepont Country Park wins Nottingham Environmental Award
This year’s annual Environmental Awards has become one of the highlights of Holme Pierrepont Country Park’s year. The awards praise the work to protect and enhance the world we live in, by championing causes that go above and beyond.

Contacting Us

If you have any queries about visiting the Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Home of the National Water Sports Centre, then please don’t hesitate to contact us:

National Water Sports Centre
Adbolton Lane
Holme Pierrepont
NG12 2LU
Phone: 0115 982 1212

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