Vicar Water Country Park

At the centre of the park is Vicar Pond, a large fishing lake that was created by the 5th Duke of Portland in the 1870's. In the past the lake has been used for boating and swimming but today it is a thriving course fishery (day tickets available). The park is also a designated local nature reserve.

The Green Flag awarded park has been transformed to heathland, woodland and grassland and offers spectacular views across to Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Entry to Vicar Water is free of charge although there is a voluntary car park donation charge of £1 if visitors so wish to donate. 

Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstione Park facilities

  • Large lake and abundant wildlife
  • Footpaths and cycleways suitable for all abilities including the Sustrans National Route 6 and the Timberland Trail
  • Visitor centre and Rumbles Café
  • Toilets located in the visitor centre
  • Children’s play area
  • Small pond (for model boats and duck feeding)
  • Golden Hand sculpture 

Wildlife, habitats and Education

The park is available for use for environmental education purposes, any enquires should be directed to the Ranger who can be contacted via 07980 610 308 or email:

Vicar Water offers a range of wildlife and habitats. Whether you want to see birds, bats, wildflowers or fungi there is always something to see at the park. 

Friends of Vicar Water

The Friends of Vicar Water volunteer group is involved in helping us to look after the park. The group meets regularly and welcomes new members. Call 01636 655713 for further details.


Based in west Nottinghamshire? Want to meet new people, keep fit, help to conserve and enhance your local country park whilst having fun? Then why not join the Newark and Sherwood Western Reserves Volunteers? No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm!

Tasks will vary from scrub bashing, fencing, visitor surveys, repairing footpaths, woodland thinning and habitat surveying so there is something for everyone! You will get the chance to work at Vicar Water Country Park and Intake Wood in Clipstone and Sherwood Heath in Ollerton.

Full training and tools will be provided but please bring suitable old outdoor clothing and stout footwear. Any hours and days that you can spare will be greatly appreciated.

For more information please contact Park Ranger Matt Smith via email: or via telephone on 07980 610 308. 

Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstione - Golden Hand SculptureVoluntary parking charge

The park has a voluntary pay and display scheme. If you drive to the park you can, if you wish, make a parking donation of £1 for a day, or buy a season ticket for £20.

No-one is under any obligation to make a donation but any donations will be reinvested in the park. Everyone is still welcome to use the park, regardless of whether they make a donation or not and you won't be charged or fined if you don't buy a ticket.

Rumbles Cafe Interior Visitor centre and Rumbles Café

The Visitor Centre and café is run by Rumbles Catering Project - a registered charity which provides training in catering and life skills for people with learning difficulties. Rumbles can also provide outside catering for events, parties and functions.Slide

The cafe provides a great family friendly place to relax when visiting the park. There is plenty to eat and drink in the cafe and outside is a play area for the kids it's the perfect spot to wind down after a walk and an explore.                

For further details of Rumbles menus and services or to enquire about hiring the Visitor Centre facilities please call 01623 424836 or e-mail

Events and activities

Our regular events include bird walks, wildflower walks, nature walks, bat walks, school holiday activities and fun days!

  • Big Draw - Saturday 15 October, 11am-1pm, in Rumbles Cafe. This year's big draw theme is STEAM (Science Technology Engineer and Mathematics) Decorating a cardboard cut-out of the Vicar Water headstocks with pictures inspired about the parks plants and animals. Local artist Kerry O'Brien will be there to help and advise all local budding artists. Free and open to all ages. 
  • Halloween Lantern Making Workshop - Friday 28 October 10am-12pm in Rumbles Cafe. This year local artist Kerry O'Brien will be helping children make a star lantern. Booking is essential via Ranger Matt Smith. Contact Matt on 07980 610 308 or email: 

Vicar water Halloween Lantern poster

  • Christmas Crafts - Thursday 22 December, 10am - 12pm in Rumbles Cafe. Local artist Kerry O'Brien will be helping children to make papier-mache Christmas stockings and bunting for the Cafe. Free but booking is essential via Ranger Matt Smith. Contact Matt on 07980 610 308 or email: 

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You can also find details of events at Vicar Water from our Tourism Information Centre (Rufford) on 01623 824545 or email

Vicar Water Calendar

A calendar with beautiful photos of Vicar Water is on sale now. Visit Matt at the ranger station or contact Floss at to buy online. There are also calendars available featuring Sconce and Devon park and Newark Castle and Gardens.

How to Find Us

Vicar Water can be reached via public transport by using Stagecoach travel and catching the number 14, 15, or 16 bus.  A bus stop is located at the top of the entrance drive.



  • 01636 650000

    Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 5.15pm
    Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm

    Comments and Suggestions

  • Get in touch:

    Newark and Sherwood District Council
    Kelham Hall
    NG23 5QX

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