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Don't tell anyone...but Woodmill is definitely Southampton’s best-kept secret! To those who drive past it, it probably just looks like any other old brick building, but step inside this converted former mill and it’s like walking through the wardrobe into Narnia with an unexpected tranquil haven full of wonder and surprise (but without the lions or witches, obviuosly).

The really great thing about Woodmill is that in fact it is the only place in the UK that boasts four different types of water for kayaking and canoeing; a placid water lake, the flowing River Itchen, a tidal estuary, and some thrill ride white water at low tide. This makes it a fantastic location for paddle sport, with all abilities and adventures suited perfectly.

But if canoeing and kayaking is not you’re thing, there’s plenty more that you can get involved in on dry land, with archery and climbing. Or for those after an adrenaline rush, why not try leaping through the air on the trapeze or speed down the rollers into the river (we might not be able to keep you out of the water for long!).

With so much fun and excitement on offer for all the family, amongst our woodland surroundings, be sure to make Woodmill your next day out.

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Monthly Paddlesport Pass (Adult)

From £19.90

Our paddlesport subscription gives you access to water 7 days a week using a Canoe, Kayak, Sit on Top or Stand up Paddleboard. Also our weekly social paddle and skills clinics will keep your skills fresh so you can enjoy a paddle any time it suits you!

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Monthly Paddlesport Pass (Junior)


Our youth paddle subscription is for ages 8-16 years. You can access two fully instructed youth canoe club sessions a week which provide a great opportunity to learn and enjoy the sport, as well as free access to the weekly social paddle and fleet hire options under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

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Opening Times

Monday: 09.00 - 17.00

Tuesday: 09.00 - 17.00

Wednesday: 09.00 - 17.00

Thursday: 09.00 - 17.00

Friday: 09.00 - 17.00

Saturday: 09.00 - 17.00

Sunday: 09.00 - 17.00



Woodmill Lane, Swaythling, Southampton, SO18 2JR

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