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About the National Water Sports Centre

The National Water Sports Centre is a unique sporting venue in the Borough of Rushcliffe just three miles south of the City of Nottingham.

The Centre is currently owned and managed by Nottinghamshire County Council and offers some of the most comprehensive watersports facilities in the UK.

With easy access to the motorway network and excellent rail and air links the site is well placed to attract users and visitors from across the region, country and rest of the world.

Originally, the Centre was purpose-built to facilitate the training of elite athletes and the holding of National and International competitions primarily in the disciplines of rowing and kayaking/canoeing.

The Centre is set in 270 acres of country park and boasts:

The River Trent is also accessible from the site.

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The National Water Sports Centre is set in 270 acres of beautiful park land. Visitors can wander around the 2km Regatta Lake at the heart of the park or stray off the beaten track to explore further lakes, lagoons and nature trails. The site is teeming with wildlife, boasting numerous plants and animals that have made the Centre their home.


The whitewater course


This world class course is a focal point for English whitewater rafting and kayaking, often holding international events for slalom, freestyle and wild water racing. One hosted event is the Red Bull Rapids event.

The whitewater course is located between the weir on the River Trent and the regatta lake. Built in 1986, the course is made primarily from concrete. It is approximately 700 metres long, drops just over four metres in height to produce Grade three whitewater rapids. The course is gravity fed and does not use electricity to power it. Due to the nature of the design, swimming through the course is safer than many other locations around the UK due to deep channels and few significant underwater obstructions. The amount of water flowing through the course depends on rainfall and canal usage, but due to the large catchment of the Trent, flows between 16 and 25 cubic metres per second are common.

The whitewater course had a refit in 2009. Along with essential maintenance, some of the original concrete obstacles were removed and Omniflots (large plastic movable blocks) were added.

The centre hosts Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club which gives lessons on the flat water lake and the course. The course is used on a weekly basis by UK wide emergency rescue service to deliver swift-water safety and rescue training.


Water ski cableway


The water ski cableway has undergone major refurbishment. The main cableway has been extended to make it a longer more thrilling ride; the height has been increased by 2.5 metres to provide extra air space. New obstacles such as a fun box, slider and kicker have been installed to enhance stunts and tricks.

We have also invested in two Rixen Little Bro's. The straight line cable system is perfect for beginners and pro's alike.  The programmable speeds are flexible allowing the instructor to personalise sessions. 

Our cableway offers an amazing opportunity to experience knee boarding, wake boarding and water skiing. 



The 18 acre campsite has recently been refurbished at a cost of £220,000. The site welcomes vans, tents and campers; with on-site shower facilities, 120 electrical hook-ups and 24-hour warden service. There is a shop on the campsite which sells a range of camping supplies ranging from gas for cookers to toys, games and basic food provisions. The campsite also has a new playground that is open to all members of the public.

The campsite is rated as a two star facility with Enjoy England.



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The hotel has 60 beds, a gymnasium, restaurant, bar and laundry room.

The bedrooms range from en-suite singles to six bed dorm rooms and a block of rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

The gym has a range of 27 gym stations consisting of resistance and cardio and a free weights area. The three-court Sports Hall located next to the Main Building is fully equipped for 5-a-side football, Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball and is also used as an indoor training facility by numerous British Olympic hopefuls.

The hotels’ facilities are open to visitors and guests (there is a small charge to use the gym).

The hotel is currently rated one star.


Conference rooms

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The National Water Sports Centre has a range of conference rooms.

The Hoveringham Lounge

The room enjoys fantastic 280 degree views over our 270 acre Country Park and 2km Regatta Lake.

The Patio Lounge

A fantastic room overlooking the cloistered summer garden. 60 people max.

The Forman Hardy

The smallest of our conference rooms, the Forman Hardy enjoys amazing views out onto the lake. Max 30 people.

The Conference Hall

The largest of our conference rooms. The Conference Hall has a partition wall, which can make two smaller rooms. 150 people max.


All conference rooms have disabled access and come equipped with the latest A/V technology including data-projectors and SMART Boards.

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