About Fairlands Valley Park
Fairlands Valley Park consists of 120 acres of parkland situated within the heart of Stevenage.
What you can do at the park
Fairlands Valley Park has something for everyone including the following:
- An Aqua Park
- A play area
- A Sailing centre
- High rope activities
- Four lakes
- Conservation areas
The Aqua Park play area contains equipment which sprays, squirts, mists or sheets water into the play area, giving a fun play for youngsters in a safe and interactive environment. The design allows for features and games to be scaled up or down according to the ages of the children who are playing.
The Aqua Park reopened on 19 July and will be operating from 10am to 5pm every day until the end of summer and there is no need to book.
The Aqua Park has toilets and a kiosk.
The café and toilets for public use are in the boat house area.
The play area is situated immediately adjacent to the water park, providing varied play opportunities for all ages from toddlers through to teenagers.
The water sport activities, operating out of the Sailing Centre are managed by Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL).
The Sailing Centre contains the following facilities:
- Changing rooms
- A workshop
- A class/meeting room
- Café (hot and cold food and drinks, seven days a week throughout the year)
You can find out more about available activities at Fairlands Valley Park on the Stevenage Leisure website.
Built in the early 1970's, the park has over 20 acres of open water across four linked lakes.
The Main Lake is used for a wide range of outdoor activities including fishing, sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, power boating, and dragon boat racing.
This lake is used primarily for model boat activities. The lake also provides viewing platforms for visitors wishing to watch the boating activities or for those that want to feed the wildfowl.
The island to this lake is a breeding area, providing nesting grounds for wildfowl.
The Balancing Pond is the first in the chain of the Fairlands Valley Lake. The pond is fed by water from the storm drain network and only resembles a pond after substantial rainfall.
For maximum capacity at all times, the pond is cleared every five years.
Marginals, native planting, trees and log piles provide attractive habitats suitable for a wide range of wildlife such as wildfowl, raptors, amphibians, insects, squirrels and foxes.
Relining of the lake allowed the islands to be reshaped, providing secure habitats. A new boardwalk constructed from recycled plastic was installed in 2008 and provides a safe opportunity for visitors to be at the heart of this wildlife haven.
The South Field and Showground
The South Field is the more naturalised area of the Park, providing links to three conservation areas.
Shackledell Grassland and the Millennium Wood are situated within the South Field and Whomerley Wood runs immediately adjacent to the western boundary of the South Field.
In November 1999, 2000 local school children planted 2000 native trees to commemorate the new millennium.
The Great Green Bush Cricket (Tettigomia viridissima), was introduced to the site and has now successfully colonised the area. After successfully managing the site for over twenty years, over one hundred of these crickets can be found, and during June and July their mating call can be heard.
Many years ago the Great Green Bush Cricket could have been found at over a hundred sites around Hertfordshire, but unfortunately only this site now remains. In partnership with us, the site is now managed and maintained by The Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Plans for the park
Keeping in mind the park's history and heritage and considering future ambitions for sustainability and preservation of this vast green space and wildlife; the five year management plan looks to meet these and many other objectives.
Getting to the park
There is good access to the whole park for all visitors, be they pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, or those using public transport.
Vehicular access is possible from Broadhall Way, Six Hills Way and Shephall View and Fairlands Way, with car parking facilities at all four entrances.
Pedestrian access is possible from 11 points around the periphery of the whole park. There is also pedestrian access for those wishing to take in both the north and south sections of the park via two underpasses in Six Hills Way.
The Park also contains two sections of cycle track (one north/south the other east/west) within the northern section.
Find out more about cycling networks in Stevenage.
The residential areas bordering the park benefit from a bus service that provides excellent access to those who rely on public transport.
The Arriva website provides details of bus travel in Stevenage.
Fairlands Valley Park
Six Hills Way
Stevenage Direct Services
Stevenage Borough Council