Discover the Great North Swim at Brockhole

Discover the Great North Swim at Brockhole

We are delighted to be the new host site for this year’s Great North Swim! With 30 acres of landscaped gardens, wild meadows, ancient woodland and tree-lined shorefront, this is the perfect location for the big swim.

From our new and improved Adventure Playground, Archery and Laser Clay Shooting to an indoor caving experience, there truly is something for everyone! To celebrate the big weekend, we will be giving you the opportunity to have a go at all our activities as we will be running taster sessions to keep the whole family entertained before or after your swim!

Top six taster activities to do when out of the water

  1. Ancient art of Archery


    Get to grips with the fantastic fun involved in the ancient art of using a bow and arrow to hit your target! A perfect setting for this traditional outdoor sport. Running all day from 9:30am. Only £5 for a 15 minute session opening from 9:30am. Find out more.

  2. Laser Clay Shooting

    Using our brand new laser adapted rifles, take aim at clays travelling through the air at up to 65mph. Complete against each other in a series of increasingly difficult challenges. Only £5 for a 15 minute session opening from 9:30am. Find out more.

  3. Brave the Cave


    Our indoor caving attraction challenges you to dive into the darkness, twisting, turning and wriggling you way through our extremely narrow maze of cave tunnels! Only £5 for a 15 minute session opening from 9:30am. Find out more.

  4. Soft Play

    Bring you little Brocklings to play in our free Fell Tarn Friends themed soft play area. With soft mats and wildlife shapes surrounded by colourful walls decorated with famous Lake District book characters, we guarantee your little ones will have none stop fun. Free all year round opening from 9am.

  5. Adventure Playground


    Our outdoor Adventure Playground has been completely redesigned with some fantastic new features including a play galleon, mountain towers, jungle climbers and so much more! Free all year round opening from 8:30am. Find out more.

  6. Creative Craft Cabin

    Get your creative juices flowing in our Creative Craft Cabin. With our themes of wild water and the Lake District, take your art piece home with you as a memento! Only £5 for a 30 minute session opening from 9:30am.

Where to eat


If you’re wanting a quick delicious lunch-on-the-go or a relaxing meal, we have covered all kinds of food to keep you fuelled for the day!

The Gaddum restaurant

Our stunning Brockhole House is in the heart of it all, a great arts and crafts inspired country house now housing a beautiful new restaurant, The Gaddum. Enjoy classic dishes or our signature Afternoon Tea in front of spectacular views. We are inviting exclusive bookings for participants and guests at the Great North Swim now! Find out more.


Our Café menu is created using the best local produce and we are proud to support local suppliers whenever possible. The Cafe and terrace will be open all weekend during the swim. Find out more.

The Garden Shed

Trying to squeeze in all the activities? Pick up some yummy bites and tasty treats on the way to your next adventure from The Garden Shed, just down by the Adventure Playground!

We look forward to welcoming you all here for a fantastic weekend of competition, family fun and much more 

*Great North Swim Parking Information*

Please note that there will be strictly no parking available on site at Brockhole from Friday-Sunday unless you have a pre-booked GNS Parking Pass. Visit the Great North Swim website to find out details of how to arrive by boat or bus.

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