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Splash Parks, Swimming Fun and Water Fountains!


A paddling pool in the garden is great fun, but sometimes it's good to get out and find something a bit more exciting to do. We have put together a list of some of the best splash parks, lidos and leisure pools just to make the research a bit easier for you.

Update: We have updated details here for Summer 2021 as some venues are remaining closed. 


Maldon Splash Park Open for bookings!
Promenade Park, Maldon CM9 5JQ


The time has come... we are open from 1 July 2021! Ahead of your visit, make sure to check out our Splash Park and Beach Hut web pages for important information including how to purchase your ticket online with our new booking system!  We have been busy behind the scenes getting everything ready to welcome you all back safely!

  • Considering COVID-19, we have reviewed our existing facilities and made a few changes which are brand-new for the 2021 season, these include….
  • An online booking system that allows you to book your session and pay for your tickets online
  • Improved queuing and waiting systems to help with social distancing 
  • Increased cleaning schedules to help keep the area clean 
  • Hand sanitisation stations for visitors 
  • One-way system for Splash Park 
  • Our team of amazing staff will be on site every day to help you make the most of your visit and help with any questions you may have!

Prices: 20 minute session - £3.25 per child


For beach hut hire visit here


The Pavillion Fun Park at Clacton Open for bookings!
Marine Parade West, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX

Clacton’s newest and largest waterpark is now open! This state-of-the-art waterpark is the first of it’s kind in the UK and will be one of Clacton’s best attractions. The park is open every day during the season (weather dependent) and offers a host of features including interactive elements and food on site.

Currently the water park does not have a pre booking system in place however same day purchases can be made for any session from the main cash desk on the water park from 10am.  

Session Times are as follows; 10am-12pm, 12pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm-3pm, 3pm-4:30pm, 4:30pm-6pm

One free adult per paying child

Price: £6.99 per wristband Weekends and Holidays, £3.99 during the school week.


Splash Pad at Ashlyns Farm - Open for bookings!
Epping Road, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6RZ

A small splash pad is located at the farm and is bookable in addition to the farm tickets. You cannot book this as a separate activity. Check before you travel for availability.

Price: £5 per child in addition to the cost of farm tickets. Call 01992523118 to book.


Stay & Splash at The Paddocks Closed
Canvey Island SS8 0JA


This splash park is found at Canvey Island Lido and is generally open 7 days a week. They do recommend that you check their Facebook page before setting off just in case! It is definitely recommended to book in advance as they have a limited number of tickets each day. They also run a SEND and Siblings session every second Wednesday from 4pm. The venue is suitable for children under 8 although over 8s will be allowed in with younger siblings. 

Prices: Weekdays - £4 for children and £1.50 for adults for a 3 hour session. Weekends - £6 for children and £2 for adults for a 5 hour session. Term time week days evening session also available.




Barking Splash Park Open for bookings!
Barking Park, Longbridge Road, Barking IG11 8Y

This is a great little splash park open every day in the summer (weather dependent!) from 10am – 6pm. It is perfect for smaller children as its all flat and has a soft surface. There are fountains at different heights which operate at different intervals. April - September, on weekends, Bank holidays and everyday during school holidays, weather dependent.
90 minute session will start at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00

Price: Admission - 90 minute session. Child £6 aged under 15; Adult  £3.00;  Family £15


Brightlingsea Community Lido Open for bookings!
Promenade Way, Brightlingsea CO7 0HH

So this one is a little bit further away but if you are looking for something different and a change of scenery it could be just the thing. This is a traditional 1930s open air swimming pool which also has a smaller toddler pool. It can get very busy in the summer. The lido is generally open from May until early September. During school holidays it opens at 11am daily except for Mondays when it opens at 1pm. During term term they are open on weekdays from 1pm. There are sun loungers available to hire, a café on site and showers and changing rooms too.  For the most up to date information it is best to check the facebook page @brightlido.

Price: Click here for full price details


Festival Aqua Park Open for bookings!
Basildon, SS14 3WB

As a day out for the family, this can definitely be one of the more costly  but Festival Aqua Park is an amazing venue and there is definitely a lot to keep all ages (6+ and beyond) happy. The huge inflatables on the water look like great fun and will provide plenty of challenge for everyone. There are safety briefings and everyone is given a buoyancy aid prior to going on the water. There is a beach area, a paddling area and a new café too.  Check out the website for full details and pictures of what to expect.

Prices: £20 per person for a 1 hour session on in the Aqua Park. Booking online using the code ONLINE5 can give a £5 discount.


Woodup Pool Closed
Woodrolf Hard, Tollesbury, Maldon CM9 8SE

And for something completely different – this is a salt water amenity pool with an area of sand at one end. So if you want to experience swimming in a more natural environment then this is for you. The water is flushed out and refilled every 10 days. It doesn’t have all the facilities such as lifeguards but swimming in salt water can be experienced here without the worry of tides etc. It is FREE to use but they do welcome donations for the upkeep of the pool! There are portable toilets at the site during the summer.

Prices: FREE


The Strand Leisure Park Open for bookings!
Gillingham, Kent ME7 1TT

About an hour away we have this fabulous outdoor lido facility in Gillingham.  There is a toddler pool, some small slides and a lazy river running through the venue. The pool uses filtered salt water from the nearby river Medway. There are lots of spaces for sunbathing or watching the kids play. From 22nd July The Strand will be open daily from 11am – 5pm. There are charges to park onsite. Please check the website for full details. For Summer 2021, an online booking system will be in place, to maintain social distancing.

Sessions from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. will be available.

Prices: Adults (16 yrs and older) £6;  Juniors (15 yrs or younger) £4;  Seniors (60 yrs and older) £4

Under 3's Free


Colchester Leisure World Open for bookings!
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1YH

For those days when the weather isn’t on our side, you might be looking for some indoor fun. This place has it all. It has 13 metre flumes, water rapids, a crazy river, fun slides, waves and shipwreck water cannons.  During the busy periods they operate a wristband system which guarantees 1 hour and 10 minutes in the venue. You cannot book the leisure pool in advance. NB: Some features are not available - click here for all up to date relevant info.

Prices: Click here for up to date prices


The Beach at Bluewater
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe, Kent  DA9 9ST

Open from Saturday 17th July to Sunday 5th September, the Beach at Bluewater is a family festival that takes place outside Bluewater Shopping Centre during the summer months. There are over 25 different rides and games for people of all ages, from toddlers right through to adults. The rides range from roller coasters to gentler rides that all the family can enjoy. Booking essential.

Prices: £3 per person for the beach, tokens must be purchased for the rides.


Lakeside Shopping Centre
W. Thurrock Way, Grays RM20 2ZP

Did you know that there are fountains at the end of the Boardwalk which children (and adults!) can play in? There are lots of deck chairs so parents can relax in comfort while the kids let off steam. Perfect to take care of the boredom during a day of shopping! 

Prices: FREE!




On a day trip to London, it's always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to entertain the kids, especially on a hot day. There are several spots around the city where the kids can have a paddle or play in the fountains completely free. Make sure you have a change of clothes and a towel in a bag - just in case!

Merchant Square Fountain Maze, 7 Harbet Road, Paddington W2 1AJ - Summer, 7.30am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 6pm at weekends
Prices: FREE

Granary Square Fountain, Kings Cross N1C 4AA - open daily
Prices: FREE

Appearing Rooms, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX - Open daily June to September 12noon - 9pm
Prices: FREE

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road SW7 2RL - open all year round
Prices: FREE

The Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park, W Carriage Drive W2 2UH - Open all year round
Prices: FREE

Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA - Open Spring & Summer months 10am - 11pm
Prices: FREE

Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park, South Kensington W2 3XA - Open daily June to August
Prices: £4.80 per adult; £1.80 per child;  £12 for a family ticket

Queen Elizabeth Park, The South Plaza E20 2ST - Open daily
Prices: FREE

Leicester Square Fountains, Leicester Square WC2H 7LU - Open daily
Prices: FREE

If we have missed anything just drop us an email and let us know!

All details in this article are correct to the best of our knowledge but we are aware that information regarding opening hours and prices can be subject to change. Please do check websites and venues before you set off to avoid disappointment.

*Thanks to all those businesses who gave kind permission to use their images. 

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