Boat hire: opening times
Boat hire runs from 6 April 2020, until 27 September 2020. Open weekends & bank holidays only from 11am to 5pm (last hire 4.30pm), and 7 days a week throughout the Wokingham Borough Council school holiday dates.
Wokingham School Holiday Dates for 2020
Easter: 6 April - 17 April
May half term: 25 May - 29 May
Summer: 20 July - 31 August
October Half Term: 24 October - 30 October
Read further information on our Boat Hire webpage.
Map of the Park
To find out more about the park download our Dinton Pastures Country Park Map (PDF document) or look out for the map at the park's entrance.
For a full list of downloadable maps, walks, seasonal trails, maps and navigation, visit our self-led activities page.
Parking and location
Easily accessible for both visitors and local residents with nearby public transport and motorway links.
The awarding winning Dinton Pastures play park
Giant nest towers, wigwams, monkey ropes, funnel trap nests, secret hobbit holes and giant swinging and climbing logs are some of the exciting features of our hugely popular play park. Opened in 2014 to an unprecedented response and was awarded a PiPA (Plan Inclusive Play Areas) destination award in 2015. This fantastic facility is available all year round. Read more on our play park page.
The onsite café offers a range of excellent homemade cakes and speciality coffees and teas; perfect for an afternoon tea or after a long walk in the countryside. Our favourite is the breadth of lunchtime options from hearty meals to delicious sandwiches.
Summer Riverside Kiosk
A gorgeous place to relax after an exciting hour (or more) in the play park or a strenuous walk around the lakes. Enjoy some time swinging in our hammocks, chilling on a deckchair or sheltering under the sun shades. Plenty of space for family past times and games with a catering van offering light refreshments. You can find this area between the main entrance and the play park during the Summer months.
Dinton Adventure Golf
Are you ready for a wild time? Well you’ve come to the right place as your adventure starts here! Join us as you take a trip through our 18 hole, wildlife themed course where you are sure to come across a few surprises along the way. With obstacles, water and much more, Dinton Adventure Golf provides a challenging yet exciting experience that guarantees a fun-filled activity for all the family!
- For further information call 07803 521041, or check out the website.
You can find our public toilets at the main entrance of the country park, either inside the café or next to the Emmbrook room. These are generally open from 9am to 4pm, although we can't always guarantee their availability. The toilets at the activity centre may not always be available for public use, in line with our safeguarding responsibilities.
Inclusive facilities - Changing Places & Mobility Scooters
The park hosts a changing places toilet for our less able visitors, while for our smallest visitors we have baby changing facilities.
Use of the changing places toilet requires a radar key which is available from the onsite café. It has a height adjustable, adult sized and wall mounted changing bench with a ceiling track hoist. The toilet is centrally placed with room either side for carers. There is also a shower, however this is currently out of action and will be back in use as soon as possible (information as at 12 August 2019)
More information about these facilities can be found on the changing places website.
We also provide mobility scooters for visitors who have difficulty walking, but still wish to explore and enjoy our country park. Children between 12 and 16 years old are also eligible to use the scooters when accompanied by an adult. This facility is free after completing a simple induction, which includes some form filling and a brief test on a scooter. No special skills are needed as the scooters are easy to drive and full instruction will be given. You must be able to walk to the scooter and be under 30 stone in weight.
Give us a call on 0118 934 2016 and we'll book you in for an induction. Please note that your induction needs to be booked in prior to you first use of the facility. We suggest at least two weeks.
Once inducted you will need to pre-book the scooter out for you desired dates and times to ensure that it is available for you.
A Manual Wheelchair is also available on request - booking advisable by calling 0118 934 2016
The country park is enjoyed by a wide variety of different users, each with their own interests and motivations. We try hard to balance these users to ensure peaceful co-existence.
Please ensure that you respect our other users by keeping your dog under control at all times. We provide a few dog bins around the perimeter of the park and request that you collect all dog excrement.
In addition, we do not allow dogs in the play park under any circumstances and dogs must be on leads in the areas signed - the main walkway to the bird feeding area, the Activity Center beach front and in our nature areas during bird nesting season (April - July). These areas include Middle March, Herons Water, Sandford Lake and Levells Lake.
Blue-green algae occurs naturally in our freshwater lakes. During prolonged spells of warm and dry weather, it can occasionally form algal blooms and potentially pose a risk to dogs entering the water. We suggest that dog owners exercise caution during the warmer months. If you suspect that your dog has been exposed to this algae, please seek advise from a vet. Further information about blue-green algae is available from the Environment Agency website.
The country park is a popular destination for families to bring their bikes for a safe excursion away from the busy roads. Please have consideration for other park users, particularly around the play area, and cycle at a reasonable speed.
A perfect activity for families and friends to enjoy on hot sunny days on the water. Hire kayaks, canoes and paddleboards for an entertaining, challenging or relaxing experience. Our sailing dinghies can also be hired out for those with previous experience. Find out more on our boat hire page
Swimming in the lake
The lakes are busy places with water craft and anglers making the most of these fantastic venues. For your own personal safety, please refrain from swimming in the lakes.
Bring your own boat
You can launch your own non-powered craft or model boats onto Black Swan Lake for £10 per day or £6 per afternoon (1pm-5pm) per boat during our operating hours (PDF document).
Inflatable craft will need to have at least two sponsons and everyone on the water needs to be wearing a buoyancy aid or lifejacket. Paddleboard users can use a leash instead.
If you are launching your boat regularly, or wish to launch outside our operating hours, you may wish to sign up as a member for free launching. You can find out more on our membership page.
We have an 18 hole course at Dinton to enjoy with thanks to Berkshire Disc Golf Club who own and maintain the baskets. The course is available for anyone to use at their leisure. (some closures are in place when the meadow is in use for large events). Discs are available to hire from the Activity Centre if you don't have your own. If you also fancy joining in with a tournament or playing a round with the club follow the link to the Disc Golf page, the course at Dinton and view the course map.
Hobbies and pastimes
We know that wide open spaces can often be a luxury and encourage visitors to enjoy a variety of hobbies whilst at the country park. However for legal and/or safety reasons, please refrain from the following activities:
Model planes and drones
We don't allow the use of model planes or drones at our sites unless a specific event is being held where permission has been granted. Event managers must ensure compliance with CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) guidelines, provide risk assessments and appropriate liability insurance. Please note, we do not guarantee permission in these instances.
Due to the the environmental impacts, possible fire risks and dangers to wildlife and livestock we do not allow balloon or sky lantern releases on site.
We have a number of electricity pylons crossing the country park. For your safety, please refrain from flying kites during your visit.
We manage a number of environmentally sensitive sites with great care. Disturbing the ground can cause irreversible damage to these habitats. Help us protect our countryside by refraining from metal-detecting.
Picnics and barbeques
You can find picnic tables and benches scattered around the country park for the enjoyment of our visitors. To preserve the beauty of the country park, we ask visitors to refrain from using barbeques of any kind. However we do offer a gas barbeque for hire to groups hiring one of our rooms. Read more about our Room and Land hire.
Lavells Wetland Trust (formerly known as Friends of Lavells)
Lavell’s Lake is in the northern most part of the country park and set in about 46 acres of a mixture of managed wetland habitats, including Phragmites reed beds, sedges, grass areas, coppiced scrub and hedgerows. We work in partnership with FOLL to manage this very special nature reserve. Visit the Lavells Wetland Trust website for more information.
Recycling and bins
We're committed to conserving the environment to the benefit of people and wildlife. There are generally bins (including for dog poo) at the park entrances although we do ask that visitors try to take any rubbish home with them. You can also find one of the borough's recycling banks in the main car park of the country park, which is also a great place to recycle any rubbish from your picnic.