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Where the opportunities are endless
Tallington Lakes is a unique outward bound centre based just north of Peterborough, between Stamford and Market Deeping, with the sole 120 metre dry ski slope in the area, as well as a 15 metre climbing wall, and several lakes for water activities.
Tallington's five impressive artificial, spring water fed lakes cover 205 acres and were dug out by the original owner Ernie Ward. The lakes snake round a series of rush banks, creating seclusion and tranquillity. Leisure homes line the banks, a heron sits ashore, and the only sound is the slight hum of a speedboat; it's hard to believe that Tallington is situated just off the A15 before the Tallington train tracks, and in a central location on the Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire county borders.
Tallington Lakes covers activities for every type of thrill seeker. If you are looking for a relaxing jaunt on the water you can dinghy sail, kayak, or canoe. While, for the adrenaline junkie amongst you try anything from snowboarding, to hiring a jet-ski to banana boat rides. If you are feeling ambitious, enter the annual Ernie Ward water-ski competition, which takes place in October, an event which secures the international reputation of Tallington as a venue by attracting world ranking competitors every year.
If you are looking to attain a basis in skiing or snowboarding, or improve your recreational standard ahead of an upcoming ski holiday, the dry slopes are perfect. Dry slope skiing is suitable for all abilities and provides a transition surface to get use to skiing before hitting the ski slopes abroad. All skiers begin on the nursery slope, hopefully progressing onto the main slope after a few sessions.
And for kids... Looking for entertainment for the children, Tallington offers the option of tubing and tobogganing on both the nursery and main slope. While, if you are looking to get them to learn to ski, enrol them in one of the recreational skiing clubs. At £8 per child, the clubs enable skiers to improve their technique, and learn new skills. There are two options; snow cubs, for those able to recreationally ski, and snow tigers for skiers who want to learn to ski and race slalom.
Fun for kids and adults alike
Winter is coming... In anticipation of the winter holidays, from 1st November Tallington Lakes winter season begins; ski lessons are nightly, complete a course programme of four lessons at £65 for adults, £55 for juniors, and the centre is open till 9.30pm. Booking is essential; it is a local amenity which proves to be very popular as the lights dim, the floodlights turn on, and the music begins to boom.
The Climbing Tower If skiing is not your thing, try your hand at the climbing wall. Excellent for improving strength and stamina, you can undertake climbing sessions with an instructor; choose from a one on one session to a cheaper four on one session, prices vary dependent on session chosen, and age. If you are not sure that climbing is your thing attend the climbing give-it-a-go sessions which take place every Thursday night from 5-7pm at a cost of £5 per person from 1st November till 31st March.
15 metres high, 800 hand holds; a challenge suitable for everyone
Group Sessions? As well as individuals, Tallington caters for corporate events and group sessions. Groups receive a discounted rate, and have the option of activities such as raft-building and team-building to encourage group bonding.
Activity sessions tailored for large parties
Qualifications and Courses? If you are looking to progress from a recreational, to a higher standard, there are courses available for each activity. For example, there is a Belay Climbing Course, at £20 for one hour. While if water sports are more your thing, wait for the summer to kick in and undertake one of the many R.Y.A approved sailing courses offered by their instructors; prices range from £115-£350, or their R.Y.A Windsurfing courses; prices range from £60-£160 dependent on the type of course undertaken.
Got the skills, but don't have the equipment? Tallington Lakes Pro-Shop is the place for you. It is the UK's largest independent stockist of outdoor water and snow sport equipment and clothing. At 500 square metres, there is something for everyone.
And if, after a long day of activities, you want to socialise by the water, head to the newly refurbished bar by the entrance, complete with swimming pool, hot tub and outdoor terrace overlooking the water; the epitome of tranquillity.
Not local? There are two campsites, at a cost of £5 per person per night, or else there are caravans which can be privately hired.
For anyone interested in seeing Tallington themselves, at a fraction of the usual price, there is a Winter Season Open Day on 2nd November from 10am onwards, with free ski taster sessions, free recreational skiing (booking essential), a main slope tobogganing event 1-2pm, and a raffle.
Already Dreaming of Summer?
From March 31st, the sailing centre re-opens. Try your hand at Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, Wakeboarding, Jet-skiing, Raftbuilding, and Kayaking.
Visit Tallington Lakes to escape the rush of the city, immerse yourself in a new sport, improve old skills, or relax with a view.
• Five lakes for water skiing and wakeboarding
• Dedicated members jet ski lake
• Jet ski hire lake (RYA School and rental)
• 1 large sailing, windsurfing and canoeing lakes
• Fishing lakes
• 120 metre dry ski slope for snowboarding and skiing
• Separate nursery slope for beginners and tobogganing sessions
• 500 sq/m Pro Shop for watersports, snowsports, and lifestyle clothing
• Restaurant and bar with terrace and bbq area overlooking the lakes
• 20 metre outdoor heated swimming pool
• 15 metre, 4 sided climbing tower with two vertical faces, one inclined slop, and a half heigh overhang and 800 bolt on holds
• Leisure homes to rent or buy
Why? To expand your skill set, for an adrenaline rush, or simply for a bit of fun.
When:During the Summer Tallington Pro-Shop, from which the activities are run, is open 10-7pm. In the winter, from 1st November-31st March, opening hours get longer: Monday-Thursday 10am-9.30pm, Friday-Saturday: 10am-8.30pm, Sunday: 10-7pm