A day in the life: Lakeside Assistant

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22 January 2019


Wayne Bridge, Lakeside Assistant

Our series of insights into careers at Willen Lake continues with a chat with Wayne, one of our Lakeside Assistants, who play a vital role in ensuring the site is ready for our visitors to enjoy!

What is your job role, and what does this involve?

I’m a Lakeside Assistant, and this entails making sure the site is kept to a high standard. The safety and enjoyment of the general public visiting the lake is paramount here so that is my main focus. I make sure everything runs smoothly and is clean, tidy and respectable. I also keep an eye out for any maintenance issues.

How long have you worked at Willen Lake?

This will be my second season – I’ve been here nearly two years. My hours are flexible so I’m full time when it’s needed and do reduced hours during the quieter periods.

What did you do before you came to Willen Lake?

I lived abroad – I lived in Belgium for quite a long time. My language skills have proven quite handy during my time at Willen. I speak Dutch, and can also understand a lot of German, Afrikaans and French if needed.

What attracted you to the job at Willen Lake?

I’m a local – I live nearby so this is pretty much my garden. And the last thing I want is my garden looking anything but its best – that’s the way I see it.

What do you like about your job?

It’s not monotonous and every day is a challenge. It’s like a puzzle – working out what is happening, what needs to be done and then planning what I’m going to do. Even in the winter there’s still plenty to do! I work very closely with the public and a lot of the locals know me.

Would you recommend Willen Lake as a place of work?

Absolutely, if you want a job that isn’t regimented and full of different challenges. The people that work here are great – from the top to the bottom is really friendly and we all get on well.



  • The Parks Trust hosted over 525 events and activities in their parks in 2019

  • Over 180,000 visitors attended an event or activity in MK Parks in 2019

  • 91% of event attendees said they had a Excellent, Very Good or Good experience at our events in 2018!

Discover our parks

  • Campbell Park

    Facilities:

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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Willen Lake South

    Facilities:

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    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

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