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Splash Pads and Lidos in Berkshire

Splash Pads and Lidos in Berkshire

With Summer on our minds and thoughts turning to long hot days with the little ones, we started thinking about all the family friendly splash pads, pools and lidos in Berkshire and just beyond, to cool down and have some fun with the children. Here are some of our favourites.

 

Locks Ride Recreation Park, Winkfield Row

A real gem near Ascot, Locks Ride Recreation Park has it all. There’s a great Splash Pad for the kids running from 10.00am – 5.00pm during the summer (but note it’s turned off from 1.00 – 3.00pm), a large play area with slides, swings, climbing frames, rope bridges, a zip wire and built in trampolines. There’s lots of sand for pretending your on holiday. You’ll find a huge grassy expanse perfect for picnics and also a café for hot and cold drinks, snacks and great ice creams. There’s a big free car park and toilets by the entrance. Winner!

For more information, click here.

 

Jocks Lane Recreation Ground, Bracknell

Jocks Lane Recreation Ground in Bracknell has had Green Flag status since 2012, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a large free car park when you arrive and a coffee shop and good family friendly toilet facilities. The splash pad is a great addition with seating around the outside for parents and storing belongings so you can watch while they cool off. There’s a big enclosed play area, a huge grass area for picnics and even a miniature railway that runs on selected dates.

For more information, click here.

 

Victoria Park, Newbury

Victoria Park is centrally located in Newbury making it very convenient and accessible, and there’s loads for families to do. There’s a great splash pad in the park that was new in 2016. You’ll also find a boating pond, children’s play area, the Park Café, and plenty of grass space for picnics and games. There’s the large Parkway Shopping Centre car park across the road for convenient parking.

For more information, click here.

 

California Country Park, Wokingham

California Country Park on Nine Mile Ride covers 40 hectares. There’s a large paddling pool open over the summer months between the hours of 10.30am and 5.30pm. There’s a cost of £2.50 per person entering the water. There’s also a children’s play area, Jackson’s California Lake Café serving fresh, homemade and locally sourced food, toilets and parking which operates on a pay and display system.

For more information and to check opening times of the pool, click here.

 

Beale Park, Pangbourne

As well as being a great wildlife park with loads of activities to do and things to see, Beale Park has an outdoor paddling pool that I’ve been visiting since I was a child. Perfect for splashing around and cooling off on a hot day, this is a great option for a full day out. Not a freebie as you’ll have to pay for admission to the park but a great day out that the kiddies will love.

For more information, click here.

 

Wellington Country Park, Odiham

Wellington Country Park is a fantastic family day out. You will have to pay for admission but once you’re in there’s absolutely loads to keep the kiddies entertained, including Splash Zone! It’s open from 10.30am – 5.00pm daily, April to September, and is suitable for all ages up to 8 years. Children can play in safety walking through the water spouts, crawling through a water arc, or sitting under the water umbrella. Also at Welly Park are; adventure play areas, picnic areas, jumping pillows, animal farm and petting barn, sand pits, water play, diggers, miniature railway, mini golf and more. Phew!

For more information, click here.

 

Bachelors Acre, Windsor

Bachelors Acre in Windsor is close to the library situated off Victoria Street in the centre of the town. This is a nice open space with a children’s play area (3 – 8 years), plenty of space for bringing a picnic if you wanted and a lovely interactive water feature for children to enjoy and cool off on a warm day. Little ones can run through the jets of water that shoot up at different heights and times. There are toilets at Bachelors Acre. Due to its location parking is limited but there’s nearby Victoria Street pay and display car park, and limited parking by the library and on Victoria Street itself.

For more information, click here.

 

Great Hollands Recreation Ground, Wokingham

Great Hollands Recreation Ground has a lovely paddling pool for families to enjoy on a hot day. There’s plenty here to make an afternoon or morning out of it, including; a Pavilion with toilets and a café, a children’s play area, picnic tables, parking and lots of grass for fun and games.

For more information, click here.

 

Liquid Leisure, Datchet

Liquid Leisure in Datchet is home of the first official Ninja Warrior UK Aqua Park and the World’s largest Aqua Park set on a beautiful freshwater lake in stunning parkland. This is serious water fun on a big scale, there’s the option to wake board on the state-of-the-art cable lake, clamber across the floating obstacle course, or just relax on the beach area, there’s something for all the family to enjoy. This Aqua Park is for children 6 years and above.

For more information on the park and admission prices, click here.

 

Wycombe Rye Lido, High Wycombe, Bucks

Wycombe Rye Lido was named one of Britain’s top 20 lidos and it’s easy to see why. The pools are heated and open all year round for those of you brave enough. There’s also a grass area and terraced sun bathing space. A watch out the lido can get pretty busy on hot days, so why not beat the queue and book your tickets online before you go for guaranteed access. Wycombe Rye Lido is in Buckinghamshire, about 20 minutes north of Maidenhead.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

 

Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, Surrey

Pop just across the Berks border from Old Windsor and into Surrey and you’ll find Runnymede Pleasure Grounds. Set along the banks of the River Thames this is an ideal spot for a family picnic on a glorious day. There’s a very large grass area, good car parking (pay and display), a café and toilets, a big children’s play area and a fully enclosed paddling pool splash pad for little ones.

For more information, click here.

 

Aldershot Lido, Hampshire

For a lido that looks more like a pool in a holiday brochure, you’ll want to get yourself to Aldershot. About 25 minutes outside of South Berkshire and into Hampshire, you’ll find Aldershot Lido. This pool is massive and great for kiddies to cool off and have a splash around. There are some pretty impressive slides, 3 in total, for the thrill seekers too. There’s also a toddler paddling pool and sand pit area. Surrounded by 9 acres of grass this is a great place to take a picnic and enjoy a family day in the sun. Finish it off with hot and cold food available and plenty of free parking, what more could you want.

For more information, click here.

 

Guildford Lido, Surrey

Approximately a 40 minute drive from south east Berkshire, Guildford Lido is a great destination for a hot day with the kids. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens at the Spectrum Leisure Complex and heated to 24 degrees, this Olympic sized pool is perfect for families. There are water slides and smaller splash areas for toddlers and little ones.

If you’re looking for something smaller and more suited to little ones, there’s also a great paddling pool in Stoke Park in Guildford where we’ve spent many a happy day. With picnic space, and children’s play area, refreshments and toilets it’s a lovely place to head as a family.

For more information on Guildford Lido, click here & Stoke Park, click here.

 

Uxbridge Lido, Middlesex

At Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, formerly Uxbridge Lido, you’ll find a Grade II-listed, 50m open air swimming pool which was reopened in 2010 and is now considered one of the best lidos in the country. The outdoor pool has been restored to its 1930s glory, complete with fountains at both ends and a heated shallow splash pad for children. Inside the leisure complex you’ll find a café and family friendly toilets. Uxbridge Lido is in Middlesex and about 20 minutes drive from Slough (approx.)

For more information, click here.

 

Hampton Pool, Middlesex

Hampton Pool in Middlesex is about 30 minutes east of Old Windsor and offers outdoor swimming in a heated pool all year round. There are 2 pools at Hampton situated in a south facing woodland area on the outskirts of Bushey Park. There’s a grassy area around the pool for enjoying between swims. Apart from 3 lanes for lap swimming the main pool is kept free for the use of the 2 slides and general recreational swimming. The smaller pool is ideal for younger children as it has a gentle graduation from the steps to 0.9m.

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

**Please always check details with the venue before travelling in case of closure, some lidos won’t be open every day**

 

We hope you found this post useful and enjoy the summer with the kiddies! For other ideas on family days out in Berkshire, click here.

 

 



1 thought on “Splash Pads and Lidos in Berkshire”

  • Some great ideas here. Wycombe Rye is a favourite of ours but there are some new places here we’ll be checkingput this summer.

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