If you have children who love being in water, then the campsite at Kingsbury Water Park could be their dream location. Kingsbury Water Park is an intricate network of lakes and reservoirs, offering the opportunity to try out a host of water-based activities such as canoeing, angling and sailing.
The water park is right next to the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, which punches out from the centre of Birmingham, heading north east from Gas Street Basin towards Tamworth. It was opened in 1789 and was designed to link Birmingham with the Coventry Canal, allowing goods to be transported on to London via the Oxford Canal.
The 250-hectare Kingsbury Water Park, in the Tame Valley, was once a busy quarry for sand and gravel, but in the 1970s the abandoned pits were carefully landscaped into a series of pools. The park has continued to expand and now features more than 30 lakes and pools, crisscrossed with walking and cycling paths. There are also two children’s play areas, a miniature railway and children’s farm, plus an Outdoor Education Centre for abseiling, climbing, rafting and canoeing.
If all that sounds a bit exhausting, the Dog and Doublet pub is a short walk along the canal and offers a good range of food and drink. And within a short drive, you’ll find the superb Black Country Living Museum, which has several canal-related exhibits, as well as Cadbury World, Middleton Lakes RSPB Reserve and the multiple attractions of Birmingham city centre.
The spacious campsite is clean and well-run, and offers space for motorhomes, caravans and tents. Excellent facilities include showers, washing machines, electricity hook-up and wi-fi. The main attraction, though, is unquestionably its watery location.