Open to all, our open-water swimming sessions offer invigorating exercise in the great outdoors. Affiliated with the National Open Water Coaching Association (NOWCA), we have systems and technology to maintain the highest level of open water safety.

Guests staying on-site must comply with the requirements on this page, must also be NOWCA registered to swim, and pre-book onto sessions to participate.

NOWCA membership required

Before their first swim, all swimmers must be registered and a member of the National Open Water Coaching Association, NOWCA.


Your NOWCA wristband

Swimmers must ‘scan in’ when they enter the water and ‘scan out’ after their swim. The wristband contains your membership details, swimming stats, medical information & emergency contacts supplied by you on registration.

When you first register with NOWCA you need to select Pillaton Hall Farm as your venue; your wristband will be ready for you when you arrive for your first session.

Each person swimming must

  • register with NOWCA, wear their NOWCA wristband and pre-book
  • have, and use, an attached safety float.
  • have, and wear a swimming hat (winter only)
  • be able to swim confidently for 25m (one length of an indoor pool).
  • be physically and mentally fit and have no pre-existing medical conditions that would affect them swimming in open water.

Children aged 8 – 16

In addition, children over 8 years old may participate if

  • they are registered with the NOWCA
  • are accompanied by an adult in the water. Note: standing at the edge of the water is not sufficient.
  • the water temperature is above 15 degrees centigrade for over 14’s
  • the water temperature is above 18 degrees centigrade for under 14’s
  • they wear a wetsuit and use a tow float.

Please only make a booking for your child if these conditions are met, and you know the water temperature is going to be above 15 degrees


All bookings via the NOWCA using their ACTIO app 

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.

Please ensure that you have read & understood our Terms and Conditions.


£8.00 per day time session.
£6.00 per day time session, if you book 10 credits
(1 credit = 1 session).
£10.00 per night swim session.

To book a trial swim for £10.00 please email [email protected]

Tow Float Hire £3.00 (£5.00 with lights)


For all questions and queries please email [email protected]



Swim Session Times


Tuesday COLD WATER SWIM 5:00pm – 5:45pm

Registered NOWCA members only


Wednesday COLD WATER SWIM 10:00am – 11:00am

Non-Member swimmers and new NOWCA members collecting bands are welcome on this session

New members MUST have experience or knowledge of swimming in cold water.  We offer cold water swimming courses for complete beginners


Saturday COLD WATER SWIM 8:30am – 9:15am

Saturday COLD WATER SWIM 9:30am – 10:15am

Non-Member swimmers and new NOWCA members collecting bands are welcome on this session

New members MUST have experience or knowledge of swimming in cold water.  We offer cold water swimming courses for complete beginners


Sunday COLD WATER SWIM 8:30am – 9:15am

Sunday COLD WATER SWIM 9:30am – 10:15am

Non-Member swimmers and new NOWCA members collecting bands are welcome on this session

New members MUST have experience or knowledge of swimming in cold water.  We offer cold water swimming courses for complete beginners

PLEASE NOTE non-member swimmers and newly registered NOWCA swimmers will only be able to book their first session on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday morning due to the office winter opening hours.  If NOWCA members want to bring a buddy they can come to any session if they are sharing a registered vehicle with you.

A qualified open-water lifeguard and duty manager will be in attendance.

There will be an assistance boat on the water that can bring you a floatation device and help you to the side of the lake should you need assistance.

It is important that you have read and understood our Open Water Swimming Terms and Conditions


2024 dates to be announced soon

Cold Water Swimming Courses

We are offering cold water swimming courses for people who want to try cold water swimming as a complete beginner or we offer a course for experienced cold water swimmers who perhaps need a little more confidence.

Beginners Course

£35.00 per person, which includes tow float hire, wetsuit hire, classroom learning, a swim in our beautiful open water swimming lake, a certificate upon completion and a warm drink at the end of your swim.

Each course is a maximum of 12 people.

Available course dates are:

  • Sunday 18 February 2024  11.00am – 1.00pm or 1.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Sunday 10 March 2024 12.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Sunday 24 March 2024  11.00am – 1.00pm or 1.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Sunday 07 April 2024 11.00am – 1.00pm or 1.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Sunday 28 April 2024 11.00am – 1.00pm or 1.00pm – 3.00pm

To book telephone the office on 01785 715177, option 1

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5 star ratingAmazing first family camp trip! We booked Pillaton hall farm a few months back for our first family camping trip since buying a tent and all the gear to go with it. We booked an electrical hook up pitch. Lovely welcome on reception and all information given. There is a big shop in reception with food, drinks, toys etc. drove round to our pitch and set up camp. Toilet and shower block facilities very nice, modern, spacious and kept clean. Vending machines available in there, freezer for ice packs, wash up room also huge with a wide screen tv which you wash up. We had a take away from Dottie’s one night. Impressed with that too. Pizza was a bit pricey but tasty. Lots for the kids to do such as the new panning for gold area, zip lines, play parks, bouncing pillows. There is a lake you can swim in but this has to be booked and there is a charge which was a shame so we didn’t do that. The site whilst we were there was very quiet at night and early morning. Lovely male staff member who helped us whilst setting up our tent making sure it was in the correct spot. I would definitely recommend and visit again. Every camp site I look at booking I will always compare to the standards that there was here. Couldn’t fault it.
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kate s
Great place for NOWCA approved cold water open water swimming. A great site with friendly staff and a smashing lake with some good facilities.
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Mark Broadbent
I went to Pillaton Hall Farm for a session on the outdoor swimming. What a fabulous experience. Friendly and helpful staff who took the time to explain the setup what to do, how to do it and what to do if you start to struggle. Amazing shower blocks to have a shower and get dressed in afterwards. Will go back!
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Open swimming is lovely there beautiful site and yummy cafe
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Emma Louise Kay
1st experience. Went for open water swim. Fantastic facility throughout the whole venue. 1st class amenity block. We'll stocked shop, good clean cafe, good play areas (dry and water). Friendly staff, clean and spacious tent caravan pitches. Makes you almost want to buy a tent/caravan.
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Richard Morrin
Best midlands based open water swimming place. Love it. Well organised and staffed professionally. Plenty of lovely warm showers to use afterwards and a great little cafe that on site too. Book via Nowca/Actio. They've just had another new inflatable. Kids love paddle boarding here. Have camped here too with the kids. Great base for getting out in the car and seeing the sites of the Midlands or a spot of fishing on site of that's your thing.
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Pillaton Hall Farm are now recruiting for 2024 season with some exciting opportunities for the following positions at:
-  Full Time Receptionist (must be 18 +)
-  Weekend Receptionist (must be 18+)
-  Shop Assistant (must be 16+)
- Chef (must be 18+)
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Please note you must be able to work weekends and bank holidays.
If you are interested in any of the above vacancies, we are holiding an 
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You will be able to meet our team and ask any questions. You will also be given an application form to fill out on the day or bring it back at your earliest convenience.
Please call us on 01785 715177, option 1 or email us at 
to request a visit and we will allocate you a time slot.
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