Water Activities

This summer Hadleigh Park will be offering scheduled water activities, including kayaking, sailing, stand up paddle-boarding and open water swimming!

Open water swimming – Hadleigh Park 

We are proud to announce that Hadleigh Park is working in partnership with Great Swim Local (GSL) throughout May – November. Come and swim our 380m swim course safe in the knowledge that you will be supervised by our qualified and experienced safety team. Hot showers and changing facilities are provided.

Swimmers are required to wear a wetsuit or use a tow-float (to be inspected by Hadleigh life guard before entering the water).

Swimmers must be 12 years and over and all juniors (under 18’s) must be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times.

Swimmers must register on the GSL website prior to the swim session.


Swimming times:

Wednesday                    05.30 – 20.00
Saturday                        08.00 – 10.00

Sunday                           TBC

Swimming Costs

£5 per session with a GSL wristband

£6 Without GSL Wristband

 Open Water Swim Coaching

Hadleigh Park are offering Beginners and intermediate Open water swim coaching in association with Tri and swim well.

Beginners Swim Coaching

Wednesday  17.30 – 18.30

Dates: 24th May, 6th June, 13th June

Ideal for those who have never been swimming in a wetsuit, or in open water, or anyone who has swum in open water before but struggled, or anyone who alternates between breastroke and front crawl. This will boost your confidence and improve your technique.

  • Must be able to swim at least 25m non-stop in front crawl
  • £20 per session (inc. Swim entry)
  • Qualified Swim coaches will coach from both shore and on the water.
  • Wetsuits available at cost of £10 per session

Improvers Swim Coaching  

Wednesday 18.30 – 19.30

Aimed at those who can COMFORTABLY swim a minimum distance of 400m of front crawl in open water previously, but wants to improve their open water skills and improve speed and efficiency.

  • Wetsuit hire available – £10 per session
  • £20 per session (inc. Swim entry)

For all Swimming courses and lessons Click here – (Link open soon!)

Kayaking and Fun boat Sailing 

 Hadleigh Park Reservoir has a selection of double and single kayaks and Laser Funboats available for hire. (All water users must be 6+)

Kayaking using our sit on top kayaks is a fun, aerobic activity suitable for all ages and abilities. Kayaks are available for individual hire, birthday parties, groups, schools and corporate bookings.

Sailing at Hadleigh is a great place to take to the water on our easy to sail Laser Funboats! Sailing is an active adventurous sport and our Funboats are ideal boat for beginners who want to give it a go.

Opening times:

Saturday                          12pm – 4pm

Hire Price list

30 minute Kayak hire      £6                          30 minute Fun boat hire  £10

60 Minutes Kayak hire    £12                        60 minute Fun boat hire £20

(Hadleigh Park Pass members receive 20% discount)

For group booking or Birthday Parties prices please Click here 

PaddleboardingMike and Anni for leaflets photo shopped & cropped

Hadleigh Park is offering exclusive adults only stand up paddleboarding (SUP) sessions weekly throughout the summer. SUP is one of the UK’s fast growing water sports and with most participants able to pick up the basic moves in just a few sessions!

Ladies SUP Sessions

SUP sessions for ladies are designed for complete beginners. During the sessions our qualified BSUPA instructor Anni will guide you through the basic skills in a fun social environment! Paddleboarding is a low impact sport great for developing core strength balance and co-ordination and suitable for all levels of fitness and agility.

Session times and dates:

10am-11.30am // 12.30 – 2pm

10th, 17th, 24th May 2017

6th, 13th 20th June 2017

11th, 18th, 25th July 2017

£60 for 3 sessions including all equipment and car parking

*Participants must be over 18 and able to swim 25m fully clothed

Improver SUP Sessions 

Ideal for those who have paddled before and want to keep progressing their skills! These sessions will allow participants the opportunity to explore the different aspects of paddleboarding week by week, tailored to meet the groups needs these sessions will include a range of techniques for you to develop further.


Tuesday: 12.30- 2pm – Dates TBC

£60 for 3 sessions including all equipment and car parking OR £18 per session

*Participants must be over 18 and able to swim 25m fully clothed


Wet suits hire

Adult                                                          £5

Children                                                    £5

Wet suits for sale

Children full length                                £20

Children shortie                                      £15

Adult Full length Men’s                         £30

Adult Full Length Women                    £25


Hadleigh Park are looking for qualified lifeguards, powerboat drivers, sailing instructors and kayak coaches to work throughout the summer holidays, weekends and Saturdays. Interested? Email Hadleigh.park@essex.gov.uk