We’ve heard that the heat wave is going to continue, so we’ve everything crossed that the experts are right ☺ we’ve compiled a list of places to cool off and take a dip!

St Albans Splash Park

We took a visit to St Albans Splash Park for the first time and had a brilliant day. It wasn’t warm ☺ but the kids happily stripped off and ran around getting soaked by the water jets. The play park is enclosed with soft flooring so very safe plus it’s FREE! It’s in a great location and would be perfect for a family day out (with a picnic ☺) as there are lots of fun things close by including the Roman Museum, crazy golf, tennis, children’s playground and the lake.

There are toilets at The Inn on the Park, which is opposite the Splash Park. I went in to grab a coffee and it looked really nice so worth considering for lunch if you don’t fancy a picnic.

We had lunch at The Waffle House, which was located next to the park– the kids loved it!

The Splash Park is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday only and there are 5 bookable 45 minute sessions available each day. Due to Covid-19 there are some restrictions in place, please see website for full details and to book your session.

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StAlbansFrensham Great Pond

Facilities open but follow the rules for your safety and check the water quality before taking a dip.

A friend of ours recently told us about Frensham Great Pond, a huge sandy lake with a small buoyed-off swimming area up to 1.5m deep and 50m wide. It is part of Frensham Common, a 1,000 acre area south of Farnham, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
While the Great Pond is popular with people enjoying swimming, sunbathing, fishing and sailing, the common is a quiet wildlife retreat and Frensham Little Pond is reserved as a haven for the wildlife who live there.
Whether you want to relax on the sand or take a tranquil stroll and discover the wildlife, Frensham Common and Ponds is a fun day out.
Frensham Ponds and Common are situated between Farnham and Hindhead on either side of the A287. The address for the main car park is: Bacon Lane, Churt, Surrey GU10 2QB.

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Liquid Leisure, Windsor

This is Europe’s Largest Aqua Park with water activities to suit everyone. Whether you want to try the floating assault course, Ringo rides and Banana boat fun or have a go on the Ninja Warrior UK Aqua Park, there’s plenty of activities on offer. To see our reader review click here.

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Splash ‘n’ Play at Willen Lake

Enjoy a fun filled day at Splash ‘n’ Play in Milton Keynes with over 60 unique water features. The park is suitable for children aged from 0 – 13 years with sessions running through the school holidays and weekends between April and September. Sessions must be booked in advance, sessions run for 45 minutes and cost £5 per child, accompanying adults go free.

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Cotswolds Country Park & Beach

A few years ago we went to the Cotswolds for a week and during our stay we went along to the Cotswold Country Park & Beach. It has the largest inland beach in the UK, boat and kayak hire, bouncy castles, crazy golf, a climbing wall, adventure playgrounds, open water swimming, cafes, wonderful lakeside walks, and much, much more. This is a fantastic day out and offers excellent value for money as under 3’s are free. It takes about 1 hour 30 mins from Chalfont St Giles but it really is worth a day trip. The park is open every day, online booking is recommended and admission must be booked before activities.

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Legoland Splash Safari

Legoland has a splash area where children can safely splash around amongst a menagerie of DUPLO themed animal friends – from lions and giraffes, to zebras and elephants and a range of interactive water features. Make sure you pack the kids swimsuits, as children are not allowed in without their swimmers (we learnt the hard way by forgetting them once!) They do sell swimsuits but you’ll paying a premium! For more tips on visiting Legoland click here.

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LegolandSplashChesham Heated Open Air Pool

Included in Sian Goodspeed’s Special Places, Chesham Heated Open Air Pool has plenty of sessions such as adults only, lanes, general swim and inflatables, so there is something to suit everyone. June 2021: due to current restrictions only competent lane swimmers can be admitted – no family swims at this time, please check website for updates when restrictions change.

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CheshamMoorRuislip Lido

Ruislip Lido, a 60-acre lake with sandy beaches and a narrow gauge railway around it, is set on the edge of Ruislip woods. There is a fantastic water splash pad that is very popular with two playgrounds and the sand area where children can build sand castles, right next to an Italian café. Parking and use of the facilities is free. June 2021: The beach at Ruislip Lido is open and residents are reminded to continue following social distancing guidelines.

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Cassiobury Park Paddling Pools, Watford – 

June 2021  – check website for up to date info re opening restrictions and Covid-19 safety measures.

The new paddling pools and Cassiobury Park Hub are now open. The thrilling water splash fountains and pools are free to use and accessible for everyone. The water play park has 30 state of the art splash pads, water jets and fountains plus the changing rooms and toilets are all new too. There’s also a new Daisy’s in the Park Cafe

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Wycombe Rye Lido

Wycombe Rye Lido has recently been refurbished with heated pools (April to October). There is plenty of parking and a park next door where you can look at the birds in the dyke, go to the play area or simply wonder around and have a well deserved ice-cream. All activities are bookable online only

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Leighton Buzzard Splash Park

The Splash ‘n; Play park at Parson’s Close Recreation Ground is open in summer months betwen 10am – 5:30pm. There is also a children’s play area, skate park and banstand.


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