With summer arriving this weekend, Rutland Water Park is opening its beach and bathing area to give sunseekers a day to remember.
The popular beach is being topped up with fresh sand this week ready to ensure sandcastles are aplenty for its visitors this summer.
The bathing area will be officially reopened this Saturday for the rest of the summer with trained lifeguards on duty. It’s the fifth year for the attraction, which has proved a hit with families last summer as thousands flocked to the shores of Europe’s largest reservoir.
Regan Harris, from Anglian Water said: “There’s so much to do already at Rutland Water, from riding the bike trails to watching wildlife, fishing, eating a meal or taking part in watersports.
“It’s also a great opportunity for people to save water and money too – ditch the paddling pool at home and come and have fun at Rutland Water.
“We’ll have lifeguards on hand at Rutland Water, we need to warn people not to swim in other reservoirs unless they are at supervised events. Anyone ignoring the warning will be breaking the law and could be risk their life and that of others.”
British Olympic Sailor Ben Saxton, in partnership with Anglian Water, recently launched the water company’s campaign to raise awareness about the hazards of open water swimming. Strong currents and submerged machinery and weeds under the surface of the water can make reservoirs dangerous places; and however enticing diving into nice cool water can be on a scorching hot day, cold water shock can be fatal.
Subject to weather conditions the bathing area will be open between 1pm-5pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm on weekends until 14 July, and then 10am-6pm daily until 1 September.
Anglian Water owns and operates several large reservoirs including Rutland Water - Alton Water near Ipswich, Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, Covenham in North Lincolnshire as well as Pitsford, Ravensthorpe and Hollowell in Northamptonshire. Swimming is only allowed at supervised events at all of these sites.