Needham Lakes is a popular countryside attraction centred round a flooded gravel pit. It lies either side of the River Gipping close to Needham Market. The Lake is home to a variety of wildlife with numerous well-fed ducks around the car park. A walk around the surfaced lakeside path takes around 20 minutes and gives access for visitors wishing to explore further.
There are picnic and play areas with many picnic tables dotted around and plenty of grass for games. There is play equipment for young children close to the (free) car park whilst slightly older children can enjoy a climbing boulder and the play equipment located around the Lake. An easy orienteering course is available and can be enjoyed by families, groups or schools. An Ice Cream van is present during the Summer months.