Buckets, spades and beach balls will be out in force at Rutland Water over the summer as a new inland beach and swimming area is set to open.
Anglian Water, which owns the reservoir, has invested £20,000 to transform the north shore near its Sykes Lane Visitor Centre, with two hundred tonnes of sand now covering a 590ft stretch of shoreline alongside a 107 sq ft water area for people to paddle in.
The beach and bathing water will be open every weekend throughout the summer holidays, with the opening on Saturday, July 5.
There will be a preview event on Saturday (28 June) and Sunday (29) next week, from 10am to 5pm, where people can take a look at the beach and attend the Steam on Rutland Water event which will feature a host of steam engines, a fairground and live music.
Antony Entwistle, events and marketing manager for Anglian Water, said: “Visitors come from across the entire country to spend their summer holiday here and enjoy Rutland Water’s cycle routes, water sports and nature reserve.
“This summer, we hope many of them will pay a visit to the new beach too.
“The north shore at Sykes Lane is always very popular, and the beach and paddling area will be a lovely addition.
“Visitors will be able to paddle with peace of mind as we will have lifeguards on duty throughout and will be monitoring wind speed, direction and water temperature throughout the season to ensure it is safe and enjoyable for people to be in the water.”