Severn Trent’s Carsington Water turns 25!

Friday 20th May 2017

It was the year the first ever text message was sent, the year Whitney Houston gave us The Bodyguard, and the year Chris Boardman rode his Lotus superbike to Britain’s first Olympic cycling gold for 72 years.

And 1992 was also the year that The Queen visited Derbyshire to officially open Severn Trent’s Carsington Water reservoir.

To mark the site’s 25th birthday, the company is throwing a huge birthday bash this Saturday to celebrate, and everybody’s invited!

John Matkin, site supervisor for Severn Trent says, “Everybody love’s a good birthday party, so this is why we’ve pulled out all the stops to make Carsington’s birthday a special one.

“There’s going to be loads to do on the day, we’ll have fun and games, plenty of stalls to check out, and a land train and helter-skelter. So it really is one party not to be missed!”

Work started at Carsington Water in 1980, and the site now plays a vital role in providing water to customers across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and parts of Nottinghamshire.

“We’ve been working really hard getting this party together, and we even had the help from two local schools, Kirk Ireton Primary School and Carsington and Hopton Church of England Primary School, after they came in and gave us a hand in creating some great art work for the party that will hang pride of place in the centre after,” said John.

Carsington has a restaurant and café, as well as a courtyard featuring various shops. There’s also an interactive exhibition centre on site, and bird hides dotted around the reservoir that offer great views across the water.

“Carsington is such a fantastic place to visit, we’re really close to the Peak District so have stunning views to offer,” adds John. “As well as the party, you can try one of the many walks available and check out what wildlife you can spot on the islands, go cycling or have a picnic. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you get out on the water and try sailing or kayaking.”