National Water Sports Centre
FROM THE SOUTH
Leave M1 at Junction 21A signposted to Leicester and Newark (immediately after Leicester Forest East services).
Stay on the A46 in the direction of Newark for 18.7 miles.
Exit A46 at junction with A606 signposted toNottingham.
Stay on the A606 for 5.4 miles.
Take 4th exit from roundabout onto A52 Nottingham ring road signposted to Grantham.
Stay on the A52 for 2.6 miles.
Take 1st exit from roundabout onto A6011 signposted Nottingham.
Keep to right hand lane and turn right into National Water Sports Centre and Country Park
FROM THE NORTH
Leave M1 at junction 24. The A453 will take you to Nottingham (approx. 10 miles).
Once in West Bridgford (the area south of the River Trent) you need to leave on the A52 (towards Grantham).
NWSC is on your left after about two miles. (Follow the brown signposts.)
FROM THE WEST
Exit 24 of the M1 is still the best place to head for. Follow directions as North.
FROM THE EAST
Try to approach Nottingham on the A52 (as from Grantham).
NWSC lies on this road about 2 miles from the city.
NOTTINGHAM NATIONAL WATERPSORTS CENTRE-The Essentials
- Nottingham City Regatta
- National Schools Regatta (sometimes-shares with Dorney Lake)
Info for Spectators
Parking: The best place to park is on the bank which overlooks the lake. If attending the National Schools regatta (NSR) you need to arrive very early to get a space on the bank. Otherwise there is a car park area behind the bank and then a very large free car park on the opposite side of the lake but this can involve a very long walk to the action.
Viewing: Unimpeded viewing all along the side of the Lake. For NSR a double decker bus follows the race along the Grandstand side for a very small fee. Cycling for spectators is completely forbidden.
Catering/Food : For NSR full catering is provided for the boys over the 3 days of the regatta along with plenty of refreshment for the parents/supporters in our marquee which will be pitched by the side of the lake along with all the other school/club marquees. There is limited catering outside the marquees at NSR or for the City Regatta. There is a rather unlovely cafe in the equally unlovely Grandstand by the finish and there may be a few outside stalls selling burgers etc.
What to bring: For the NSR bring everything you need to cope with British early summer from Sun cream to thermals. If it’s hot then hat essential as little shade outside marquees; same principle if it is raining-little shelter anywhere so full waterproof gear. Folding camping chair very helpful and/or picnic mat as it can be a very long day and grass not always dry enough to sit on.
Other useful points: Dogs are allowed. Normally plenty of portaloos.