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Visiting Lakeside Country Park

Lakeside    

Welcome to Lakeside Country Park, 22 hectares of lakes, wet meadow and woodland situated along Wide Lane between Eastleigh and Southampton.

These restored gravel works offer the ideal day out for all, and for the keen-eyed, the Country Park has a range of birds, insects and small mammals as well as the occasional fox and deer. Enjoy a walk around with your dog on the designated paw trail or stop and have lunch at one of our picnic sites. Relax with a days fishing, or a fun ride on the train, or just watch the world go by...

Car: From J5 M27 & follow Eastleigh A335 (Wide Lane) signs for ½ mile. The park entrance is on the left hand side just past the playing fields.

For Sat Navs our post code is SO50 5PE

Parking is free all day on weekends and for 4 hours during the week.

We have a RADAR key operated disabled toilet and parking spaces for disabled badge holders close to the pavilion and lakes. Unfortunately we no longer have a mobility scooter.

Train: Nearest stop Parkway station (5min walk from Park entrance. Turn right on leaving Parkway, cross the main road on the pelican crossing and head for Eastleigh. Entrance is ¼ mile on left.

Foot: An easy 20 min walk from Eastleigh town centre following the High Street. A public footpath enters the park from Monks Way off Chestnut Avenue.

Bike: From Eastleigh Town Centre pick up cycleway signs for Southampton. Just past the Concorde Club turn left over the ford. Alternatively, access the park via Monks Way Open Space, off Monks Way.

 

Lakeside map

 

The Arena
Open flat areas and surrounding banks which are an ideal venue for events such as fetes, sports, jamborees and theatre productions.
To book please contact the Park Office on 023 8061 7882 or email lakeside@eastleigh.gov.uk.
 

BBQ

Disposable and portable BBQ's are not permitted at Lakeside. this is due to risk of fire and littering.


Dogs
Dogs are welcome in the park. However, to protect wildlife and ensure that everyone enjoys their visit "Dogs on Leads" byelaws apply to the mown area around the Pavilion building, the picnic areas and around the lakes.
 
We ask all dog owners to follow a couple of simple rules:-
 
* Please pick up after your dog, there are dog bins around the site for your use.
* Please keep your dog under close control as this site has sensitive wildlife and not all visitors are fond of dogs - especially muddy ones!

Dogs on leads zone map

Responsible dog walkers poster

Doggy Do Code poster


Wildfowl
Please do not feed the geese and ducks as:
 
* It encourages disease (enteritis in ducks).
* It can attract rats and more food means more rats!
* It pollutes the water.
 

For further information about the Country Park:
Telephone 023 8061 7882 or email lakeside@eastleigh.gov.uk

QR Information Posters

There are now a number of posters around the site with QR codes on to link your Smartphone to more information and websites on wildlife and history surrounding the area.

A map showing the locations can be found here.

** New Lakeside Waterside Centre **

The Council will replace the current buildings at Lakeside Country Park with a brand new storage building and waterside centre. A planning application for the new development is to be submitted in September 2014.

To find out more and see the plans for the new buildings, please see the New Lakeside Waterside Centre page.


                                          

Eastleigh Lakeside Railway
The Railway opens every weekend throughout the year and daily mid July to mid September plus all school holidays 10.00am - 4.30pm (4pm during the winter).

The narrow gauge line operates around the park from the station on Doncaster Drove
For further information on special events and opening times please contact Eastleigh Lakeside Railway on 02380 612020 or visit www.steamtrain.co.uk

Lakeside Cafe
The cafe is open 6 days a week from 7.30am until 4pm Tuesday - Saturday, 9am until 4pm Sunday.  Open Mondays in school holidays.

All day breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Birthday parties available please call for details.

For further information please contact the cafe on 07815 564554

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