Wonderful on Tap

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

This visitor site is open with some restrictions

As restrictions in England are changing, we are following the Government guidelines to help keep everyone safe.

This site will remain open for people to visit with restrictions in place. 

Our sites are likely to be very busy and we may have to close our car parks when we reach capacity, so please be prepared to turn around and visit another time.

Respect our site and neighbours by taking home your litter, or using a bin on site if you can't, and do not park in local communities if the car park is full.

It’s really important to protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, local communities and our teams, so we urge everyone to minimise travel, observe social distancing and follow any measures we have put in place if you visit a reopened site.

Reopening restrictions


Light takeaway options, such as hot drinks, cakes and some hot food, are available from the cafe. The kiosk will open in good weather.


Toilets are open. You must wear a face mask when you enter and follow instructions on signage about maximum capacity. You may have to queue to use the facilities safely.


Sailing is open for members only. Please contact Draycote Sailing Club for more information.


Fishing is now open.

Play area

The play area is open, however please use the sanitiser stations before entering and follow social distancing.

Rule of 6 or 2 households

Please only visit in groups following the Rule of 6 or two households, and maintain social distancing.


You must wear a facemask to enter any building, including toilets.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors and staff

  • Respect any instructions or signage - they're there to keep you safe
  • Look after those with you - keep dogs on leads and children close by. You can walk your dog in the country park area, but not around the reservoir.
  • Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces

Parking permit extension

Your permit will automatically be renewed by 61 days, which is the length of time Draycote was closed for.

Draycote water


There are lots of activities you can take part in at Draycote, including cycling and walking. You can download a map of the routes and trails around the site to help plan your visit.




Visitor Site Memberships

Purchase a visitor site membership for all-year round parking!

A little bit about Draycote

 Draycote Water is near the village of Dunchurch and was named after the
nearby hamlet of Draycote.

 Why was it built and how long did it take?

The reservoir was built to meet the ever increasing demand for water from south
and east Warwickshire.The construction on the reservoir started in 1967 and was
completed in 1969; opening in 1970.

What is the reservoir's role in the water supply network?

It's primary use is to supply water to our customers in Rugby and Coventry, making
it's way through our treatment works before reaching our customers taps.
It's also released back into the local rivers and reserviors at times of low flow.

Where does the water come from?

Draycote is a 'pumped storage reservoir' which means that it has no
natural feed; it's filled with water pumped from the river Leam and the
local reservoirs Stanford and Brownsover at different times of the year.

How deep and big is the reservoir?

The reservoir is 630 acres (240ha) and the distance around the edge is 5 miles .
The maximum depth is 70ft and the capacity is 5,000,000,000 gallons.

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