Strict New Rules – Wild Swimming at Beckenham Park Lake

Updated: Sep 16

My London Reports: Beckenham Park Place’s wild swimming lake was only open a matter of days before it had to close due to safety concerns.

The lake reopened again on Saturday (August 24).

However, there are strict rules now in place for those visiting.

According to the Lewisham Council website visitors will need to do the following:

  1. You will need a ticket to come into the lake area. It is open from 7am to 6pm

  2. You must be able to swim 25 metres and be over eight years old to use the open water swimming area

  3. Paddling for under-8s is not currently available

  4. Numbers are limited. If one session fills up, you can book for the next session as follows 7–9am 9.15–11.15am 11.30am–1.30pm 1.45–3.45pm 4–6pm

Entry fee

  1. Adult: £3

  2. Child: £2

  3. Family ticket: £10 (2 adults and 3 children)

Lewisham Council also states the following guidelines must be adhered to or visitors may be asked to leave:

  1. Please use the sand area to enter and leave the water. Do not use the jetty – it is for canoes and paddle boards only

  2. Do not jump in at any point as there may be hidden dangers underwater

  3. All under-16s must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. You are responsible for their safety and behaviour

  4. Children aged 8 to 12 will be required to do a swimming test before using the lake

  5. People in the main lake must be able to swim 25 metres

  6. All lake users must wear the tow float provided to them at all times whilst in the lake.

  7. Swimmers must not enter the boating area

  8. Do not use inflatables in the lake at any time

  9. Please be aware of other water users

  10. Please put all litter in the bins. Let staff know if the bins are full

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