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Branston Water Park

Coronavirus: Parks and Open Spaces

Following changes to the Government’s guidance on meeting in open spaces we have reopened the Council’s directly operated tennis courts, basketball courts and the Bramshall Bowling Green.

A complete list of what has been reopened can be found on Parks and Open Spaces page.

Playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment will reopen on Saturday 4th July.

Other ESBC services affected by Coronavirus

Location - Burton upon Trent

Address - Lichfield Road (A38), Branston, Burton upon Trent, DE14 3HD

Free admission

Facilities - Free Parking, Toilets with separate radar key controlled disabled toilet, cafe, small visitor centre, play area, picnic areas, level paths around site, disabled access throughout, benches, fishing through Burton Mutual Angling Association.

Branston Water Park is a premier wildlife site in East Staffordshire. Located just outside Burton off the A38. Branston Water Park was originally an open cast gravel pit and is now home to many species of plants and animals, both common and nationally rare.  The reed bed is particularly important to wildlife as it is one of the largest in Staffordshire.

The site is a Local Natural Reserve and has also received the prestigious Green Flag award again this year and has successfully held the award since 2005 in recognition of the quality, cleanliness, safety and wildlife value of the site.

In recent years the site has been improved with better signage, a small visitors centre and ample parking. There is a level path running around the entire site giving excellent disabled access, a children’s play area, toilets and information on the types of birds and habitats that are found at Branston Water Park.

Numerous groups use Branston Water Park for activities and there is always something going on. The unmanned visitor centre is open all week during summer months and at weekends only in winter.  The information boards located at the side of the visitors centre and canalside are updated regularly.

As well as a cafe at Branston Water Park there are ample picnic areas with tables around the lake.

There is a small play area for children up to 8 years of age.

How to find us

Access by car to Branston Water Park is off the A38 heading northbound between Barton under Needwood and Branston.  Follow the brown tourist signs. http://www.multimap.com

Access by foot or bicycle via the Subway from Tatenhill Lane & Court Farm Lane or along the canal towpath by the Bridge Inn.

If, after your visit you fancy a spot of retail therapy, Burton Town Centre and market (Thurs, Fri & Sat) is just 1.5 miles away and offers many of the High Street names.

If you would like further information about this or any of our parks please feel free to get in touch with us by contacting the Open Spaces Team on openspacesteam@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or on 01283 508013.

Car Park Opening and Closing Times

  • Summer Opening and Closing (1st April to 31st October) - 08:00 - 21:00
  • Winter Opening and Closing (1st November to 31st March) - 08:00 - 16:30

Car park height barrier: 2.1m

Management Plan

Download our Branston Water Park Management Plan for more information on how the Council will manage Branston Water Park over the next few years.