Osterley Park

Recreation and Family Fun Sessions

The National Trust’s Osterley Park, is the ideal place for a day out with the family and a chance to kayak on the lake in boats that are ideal for beginners, for families and so much fun. For more information call 07951 770241 or email: osterley@thesharks.org.uk.

April – October

The sessions take place on the main lake (know as Middle Lake at Osterley Park, Jersey Road, TW7 4RB. During peak times and with hot weather we do get very busy and we recommend booking online.  We do accept card payments as well as the ability to pay by bank transfer or PayPal, we can normally also accept cash (during Covid-19 operating procedures we have been cash free to reduce transmission). The cost is just £8 per person.

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Sundays

The Sharks run sessions at Osterley Park every Summer on Sundays from April (or Easter Sunday, which ever is earliest) through till the end of October.

Sessions start at noon and are every 45minutes, so noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, and 3pm.

There will be both double and single sit-on-top boats. These boats are very stable and easy to use, we ask that you turn up 15 minutes before the session starts so we can get you ready, give you basic instructions and get you on the water in time for your start time. please be aware due to restrictions of Coronavirus, there may be some delay in getting on the water, but you will ge your full allotted time of 40 minutes on the water.

You can book online here, or you can just turn up and pay on the day, although on hot days we do get booked up, so best to reserve your space. If you have not pre-booked you can pay on the day by card or bank transfer, PayPal or Cash.

As stated above, there are slightly different operating procedures in place to deal with Covid-19 restrictions, which are subject to change by the Government. If you do book online and sessions have to be cancelled we will make a full refund. Our Cover-19 statements is available to read.

Enjoy the changing seasons from a different view

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Saturdays

We run sessions on Saturday From the beginning of May till the end of September, with the same time table and booking arrangements as our Sunday sessions; noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, and 3pm.

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Come in the Spring for some close up view of the wildlife

Wednesdays

We will operate sessions on Wednesdays during School Holidays between May and September, noon, 12:45. 1:30pm, 2:15 and 3pm.

Bank Holidays

We will also be in the Park on Bank Holidays, Good Friday, Easter Monday, both May Bank Holidays and the August Bank Holiday.

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The Park is a truly stunning place to relax and to paddle.

Parties

We can also host activity sessions where you get exclusive use of all the boats, there is a minimum booking of at least 10 people for this. For more information please email: osterley@thesharks.or.uk or call 07951 770241.

Group Bookings

We can also accept group bookings from schools, scouts and any other organisation during the Summer months April till October, we can arrange these on any day with the Parks agreement, please do get in touch for more information, email: osterley@thesharks.or.uk or call 07951 770241. The enclosed nature of the lake in the Park makes it an ideal location to paddle for all types of groups and all ages.

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Parking

Please note during the Covid-19 pandemic the National Trust is operating a booking system for parking at Osterley Park, this is to ensure safe social distancing can be maintained. If you need to use the carpark at the Park, please do this via their website: When booking your parking slot, please ensure you select times to ensure you arrive with us on time. Please note, Parking is FREE to National Trust Members. You need to book your parking space by 3pm the day before at the latest, so please do it straight after you have booked your session.

Also, if you book your Parking session, it includes access to the Gardens, so why not make a day of it, the Café is also open till 4pm.

There is some on-street parking nearby (Jersey Road, there are restrictions Monday to Friday and likely to get busy at weekends) and Osterley Park Lane.

The Park will be shutting the gates at 5pm each day, so please make sure you have left the Park by then. There are other facilities open at Osterley Park, including the Café, which is operating a takeaway service to ensure social distancing protocols are maintained for your protection and the protection of their staff.

Arriving by Public Transport

Osterley Park Station on the Piccadilly line is just a few minutes walk from the Park, bus routes H91, H28 stop near the Park, for full details visit: Transport for London.

The National Trust

We are proud to be working with the National Trust in delivering this activity and we thank them for the support they have given us over the years and would encourage people to enjoy their day and make the most of the Park, visit the House and Gardens and of course the Stables Café. You can support the National Trust by becoming a member, either online or at the Park.

Joining the Trust has a number of advantages, free parking at their locations, access to all National Trust properties and help with the great work they do.

British Canoeing

We also want to thank British Canoeing for the help they have given us in delivering this project and the many other activities we do. The Sharks are affiliated to British Canoeing, which provides us with a variety of services including insurance, staff qualifications, and DBS checking our staff.

You can become a member of British Canoeing here.

The Sharks

There is a lot more to The Sharks, please take the time to look around our website and come and enjoy some of our other activities. For more information give us a call on 07951 770241 or emailL canoeing@thesharks.org.uk.

Please note that this is a water based activity you will get wet, but it is very unlikely that you will fall in the water. We always have a qualified instructor there for your safety and to help you. Please feel free to talk to them or any of our staff about other opportunities, your feed back is always welcome.

The London Borough of Hounslow

Hounslow Council helped get this project up and running and we would like to than them for their support in doing this.

London Sport

We would like to thank London Sport for the help they have given The Sharks in running a number of projects, including sessions at Osterley Park

For any further information, please contact us by email: canoeing@thesharks.org.uk or by telephone on 07951 770241.