Thanks to childfriendly.co.uk and a quick search online for cafes near our location on the A30, we found this place and it's great. The café is reviewed separately, as that's worth a visit in its own right. We wanted a place for the children to be able to run around a bit as well as being able to have a coffee and a cake, and this fitted the bill perfectly. Rather than focus on the outdoor water-based activities (see other review for details) , we went to the play area and to the visitor centre. Apart from the £2 parking charge which goes to the upkeep of this high quality facility, the visitor centre is free! Full of interactive, touch, feel and press button features for kids and adults alike, you can learn about the construction of the dam as well as conservation challenges, and a lot of history of the area. There are waterside walks, and also a range of childfriendly activities going on during the year - ranging from Fathers Day Falconry, outdoor performances of Mr Toad, Craft fairs, cycle trail and treasure hunt. Contact venue for details. Oh, and if the visitor centre feature electrics aren't switched on - just ask staff!