Sheerness Swimming Pool (7 miles)
Sheerness Swimming Pool
Kids' inflatable fun session at the Sheerness swimming pool every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm till 3pm. Great fun for the whole family.
Strand Leisure Pool (12 miles)
Strand Leisure Pool
Open late May to early September, this nice outdoor pool boasts England's largest lazy river, as well as having crazy golf and a miniature railway!
Blackwater Leisure Centre (13 miles)
Blackwater Leisure Centre
- boasts a superb leisure pool, incorporating the challenging Jungle River ride, a fun flume ride, lazy river ride, a safe swimming area for children and novelty bubble pool! Plus separate Baby Pool for our youngest visitors and lane swimming provided.
Splashes Leisure Centre (13 miles)
Splashes Leisure Centre
offers an indoor pool with wave machine, a flume and toddlers' pool. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Kent!
Swallows Leisure Centre (14 miles)
Swallows Leisure Centre
We are a leisure centre with a swimming pool with features including flume, waves, pirate ship and giant inflatable slide. We have gym, 6 court sports hall for activities such as badminton, football and basketball. We also have a brand new adventure world soft play area.
Cascades (16 miles)
offers a great swimming pool and learner pool plus weekend access to their flume slide and wave machine!
Woodup Pool (16 miles)
A very basic salt water bathing pool with an area of sand at one end. Open May to September. It should be noted they do not have lifeguards. Free to use!
Faversham Swimming Pool (18 miles)
Faversham Swimming Pool
Year round swimming with the added summer time bonus of three fantastic outdoor pools; 33 metre pool with diving boards (1m and 3m springboard and a 5m platform), a paddling pool and a wild water rapids pool which are all available from May to September.
Larkfield Leisure Centre (20 miles)
Larkfield Leisure Centre
From our great fun swimming pools with lazy river rapids, waves, water cannons and animal themed toddler pool, to soft play adventure or something a little more sporty you'ÂÂre bound to find something to suit you and your family!
Polar Adventure and Pool (20 miles)
Polar Adventure and Pool
Make a splash in the Fun Pool with rapids, waves and interactive water features for toddlers, plus one of Kent's fastest flumes! On the dry side there's also the polar Adventure soft play facility with Ice Hill Slides. Cool!
Maidstone Leisure Centre (20 miles)
Maidstone Leisure Centre
One of the best indoor attractions in Kent. With diving boards, flumes, wave machine, giant inflatable, polar adventure play area and a great cafe, we have all you need for a great family day out.
Herons Leisure Pool (22 miles)
Herons Leisure Pool
The pool offers a varied swimming programme for all ages including Family Fun Time, with their fantastic inflatables, amazing Water Walkers and of course the Giant Flume!
Hornchurch Sports Centre (22 miles)
Hornchurch Sports Centre
1, 3 and 5 metre diving boards. The site also offers fun swims, swimming lessons, diving and other exciting activities in its two pools, as well as other sporting opportunities.
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool (23 miles)
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool
Offering 2 pools, one a 15m paddling pool, and the second a 50m main pool. The season runs from the end of May through to the beginning of September.
Braintree Swimming Centre (23 miles)
Braintree Swimming Centre
Facility includes a great family fun orientated pool, with slide and interactive equipment. Children must be under 8 years to use this pool and acompanied by a parent or an adult.
Kingsmead Leisure Centre (24 miles)
Kingsmead Leisure Centre
- offers 1m, 3m and 5m diving boards to the public. The centre also boasts a creche facility, multi-purpose sports hall, solarium and family cafe.
Becontree Heath Leisure Centre (24 miles)
Becontree Heath Leisure Centre
Swimming facility with 1m springboard. There’s also a 13 metres by 7 metres teaching pool for swimming lessons plus parent and baby sessions. Jolly Jungle indoor play facility also on site.
White Oak Leisure Centre (25 miles)
White Oak Leisure Centre
With 2 super cool flume rides plus inflatable lazy river, diving boards up to 5m, teaching pool and then soft play and sports facilities, this is a full day out waiting to happen!
Colchester Leisure World (26 miles)
Colchester Leisure World
16 family fun features including two thrilling flumes, river rapids, crazy river, waves, geysers, still more slides and family spa pools! Also has standard swimming facilities.
Fullwell Cross Swimming Pool (27 miles)
Wet n Wild at Waterfront Leisure Centre (28 miles)
Wet n Wild at Waterfront Leisure Centre
The leisure pool has a 65m snake slide, wave machine, waterfall, volcano, water jets and five lane waterslide! Standard swimming facilities also available.
Ashford Leisure Trust (28 miles)
Ashford Leisure Trust
Facilities include: a leisure pool with flumes, raging river and Toddler Fun sessions; 25m main pool; teaching pool; 8 court sports hall and creche.
Tonbridge Swimming Pool (30 miles)
Tonbridge Swimming Pool
Whether swimming for fun or fitness, Tonbridge Swimming Pool offers a host of opportunities for all the family. The Games Hut, just 5 minutes walk away has an 18 hole Crazy Golf Course, bouncy castle, tennis, bowls and huge park complete with a sandpit.
Leyton Leisure Lagoon (31 miles)
Leyton Leisure Lagoon
The shape of the pool and exciting activities such as flip n fun, water walkers, water scooters and flume wet play sessions, makes this a great family destination.
Pavilion Leisure Centre (31 miles)
Pavilion Leisure Centre
Swimming pool with waterfall, wave machine, flume slides and beach area. Plus family play zone and ten pin bowling centre also on site!
Waltham Forest Pool and Track (31 miles)
Tenterden Leisure Centre (33 miles)
Tenterden Leisure Centre
For fantastic family fun days out visit Tenterden Leisure Centre with giant flume, waves, giant inflatable, floats, toys and a themed pirate beach are with jets, sprays, rapids and ship wrecked pirate ship.
West Wickham Leisure Centre (33 miles)
West Wickham Leisure Centre
As well as offering adult and junior swimming lessons and adult lane swimming they offer a varied swimming programme including aquafit, Kids' Splash and Swim Zone. There are also diving facilities with a 1m springboard!
London Fields Lido (33 miles)
London Fields Lido
A 50m heated open air pool welcoming bathers of all ages to this Hackney oasis! There are loads of session types and dedicated lanes, so everyone has a time set aside for them. Lovely!
Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre (33 miles)
Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre
aside from the swimming and diving, facilities include four indoor tennis courts, three pools, three glass-backed squash courts, two sports halls, and a cafe. There is also a creche and nursery.
The Spa at Beckenham (34 miles)
The Spa at Beckenham
Centre with two swimming pools, gym and multi-purpose sports hall (available for badminton, basketball and private hire), 5 multi purpose studios, buzz zone - soft play area for children, a creche, cafe and meeting room.
Brockwell Lido (36 miles)
Full Olympic size outdoor pool with scenic surrounds and other features inside for much older types. Swimming lessons and summer holiday activity days on offer too. Lido open even in winter!
Kings Cross Bathing Pond (36 miles)
Kings Cross Bathing Pond
The UK's first manmade freshwater bathing pond is now open! Filtered and purified by plants and totally chemical free it's perfect for adventurers with sensitive skin and comes with lockers, loos and changing facilities. Book up to 2 weeks ahead!
Oasis Swimming Pools (36 miles)
Oasis Swimming Pools
has 2 pools, 1 indoor pool and also a stunning outdoor pool surrounded by 2 seperate patio areas for adults and families.
Park Road Leisure Centre (36 miles)
Park Road Leisure Centre
Features a main pool, learner pool and outdoor lido, with swimming and diving lessons available.
Archway Leisure Centre (36 miles)
Archway Leisure Centre
Free form leisure pool with a sloping beach and water kept at a tropical 30 degrees. There are a flume, two spa pools, a river run, water jets and wave machine.
Tandridge Leisure Centre (37 miles)
Tandridge Leisure Centre
Superb family destination for a swim in a fun and safe environment. 25m fitness pool and a lagoon pool with wave rides, water cannons and mushroom fountain, plus an inflatable and a 70m slide!
The Priory Lido (37 miles)
The Priory Lido
Heated outdoor main and teaching pools, with tennis and basketball courts adjacent.
Tides Leisure and Indoor Tennis (37 miles)
Parliament Hill Lido (37 miles)
Parliament Hill Lido
Lovely Art Deco outdoor, unheated pool, with paddling pool for under 5s, plus hot showers. Open all year (if you’re brave enough!), lovely in summer but it can get pretty chilly at other times so bring your wetsuit!
Hampstead Ponds (37 miles)
Finchley Lido (38 miles)
With not only a seasonal lido but also an indoor facility boasting wave machine, rapids, water cannons and air jets, this is a full on family fun destination for lovers of the wet stuff!
Haverhill Pool and Slides (39 miles)
Haverhill Pool and Slides
has 2 excellent weekender flume slides and regularly puts on Fun Sessions with inflatable toys and float mats thrown in! There's room to actually swim as well, but you won't get to! Elsewhere on same site there's an adventure play facility and loads of bookable sports facilities too.
Morden Park Pool (40 miles)
Morden Park Pool
Competition size pool with serious diving pit and teaching pool. Diving may be restricted to the public at times best to check ahead.
Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre (41 miles)
Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre
WIth main, learner and activity pools plus the Tom Daley Diving Academy, this is a step above and beyond the normal family swim. Parent Toddler Exclusive Sessions often held in activity pool.
Crown Pools (41 miles)
The leisure pool is the ideal facility for the family and children with a beach area, wave machine and water fountains, which are all set amongst tropical planting. Open for casual use throughout the facilities operational hours you are guaranteed a relaxing fun time.
Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre (43 miles)
Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre
The centre has a leisure pool which features a 40m slide and a 25m fitness pool. Plus squash and badmington courts and 5 a side footy courts.
Hatfield Swim Centre (43 miles)
Hatfield Swim Centre
Swim and fitness centre with uniquely designed main pool, plus 2 splash pools, and a diving area with 2 springboards and a 5m platform. Birthday parties catered for. Numerous other activities available here for all ages and abilities.
Hertfordshire Sports Village (44 miles)
Hertfordshire Sports Village
Offers great family fun all year round! Our climbing wall, 25m pool, indoor and outdoor facilities host the perfect location to teach and develop skills through sport. Our successful holiday programme is complemented by a range of activities available all year round.
Richmond Pools in the Park (44 miles)
Richmond Pools in the Park
Both a lido and an indoor main plus teaching pool, with swimming lessons, pool parties and lifeguard courses also available. Some toys and floats permitted too!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Water Parks near Southend with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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