Things to do

Family having a picnic

From birdwatching to triathlons, camping, picnicking or simply enjoying a walk in the countryside, Emberton Country Park has something for everyone to enjoy, all year round.

Explore the park

Walk, jog, run, cycle or ride around over 5km of paths and trails winding their way around 5 lakes, through wooded glades and meadows. As the Park is a natural environment, please take care as there are some uneven walking surfaces. 

For younger visitors, complete our Eye Spy sheet (PDF, 590KB) as you explore the Park.

Swimming, wading and paddling are not permitted in any of the Park’s waters.

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Children’s play areas

There are three dedicated children’s play areas, including a unique Quarry Experience. This fun attraction develops co-oridination and team work through play.

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Bird Watching

Come along and use our 3 bird watching platforms and a bird hide. There are numerous species to see, from resident birds such as woodpeckers and kingfishers to migratory birds such as swifts, swallows, wintering ducks and cuckoos. 

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Enjoy fishing  on all five of our lakes all year round for visitors showing their Environment Agency Rod Licence. 

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Help with litter picking

Help us to keep Emberton Country Park beautiful and safe for the wildlife by litter picking (PDF, 235KB)as you wander around. Whether you are out on your own, with family, walking the dog or even jogging, litter picking as you go is a great way to have fun and help the environment at the same time!

Find out more and collect your free litter pick kits from the Grounds Café. £5 refundable deposit required.

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Eating and drinking

Picnic advice

'No BBQs' poster saying BBQs are not permitted

The park provides a beautiful setting for eating outside, with two dedicated picnic areas (PDF, 1.4MB).

BBQs and fires are not permitted in the main park area. (Only permitted in the camping or static caravan area) 

Please dispose your leftovers correctly. We have recycling facilities available on site next to the café car park and we ask that you leave the park as you would hope to find it. Please recycle (PDF, 982KB) your plastic bottles and tubs, fizzy drinks cans and paper. There are large black communal rubbish bins for all other waste. Alternatively, please take you litter home. Where possible, use reusable items for your picnic, such as reusable tubs for sandwiches and crisps, and reusable water bottles and reusable mugs for hot drinks.

Grounds Cafe

Situated by the main car park, the Grounds Café is a great place to meet with friends or stop for a bite to eat in between exploring the lake and woodland. Check out the Grounds Cafe website and menu.

Olney High Street

Olney is a small historic local town just a short distance from the park, offering numerous local shops, cafes and pubs.

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Last Updated: 22 March 2022