Blandford Leisure Centre Water cannons, bubble bath, and the waterslide are just some of the exciting water features in the leisure during Water Wonderland Sessions.
Splashdown With 12 fantastic flumes it's fun for all the family: the truly terrifying Screamer for Dad, short sharp Baron's Revenge for the boys, Colorado Coaster with its bends for the girls and the mighty Mississippi Drifter river ride for Mum. It's non-stop!
The Dolphin Swimming Pool Offers standard and teaching swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Shepton Mallet Outdoor Pool Environmentally heated lido with separate children's pool, splash area with water fountains, children’s play area, and grassy and decking areas with picnic benches. Changing facilities and lockers. Open between May and September.
Greenbank Heated Outdoor Pool Main pool, children's pool and separate Splash Area with interactive fountains and water jets. Great idea if you're looking for great family days out in Somerset!
Wells Leisure Centre Swimming pool plus kids' leisure pool with interactive water play features, swimming lessons and sports too!
Five Rivers Leisure Centre The beach pool boats a large flume style water slide and other water play features ideal for children. Plus 25m, 8 lane pool for proper swimming, plus teaching pool.
Littledown Centre Swimming pools for the whole family, Yellow Peril and Green Scream waterslides, scrummy food served in the Cafe and a free outdoor playground with paddling pool set in acres of green parkland, the Littledown Centre is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.
Trowbridge Sports Centre Swimming facilities and diving pool, depth 4m, with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform; family fun sessions with floats and inflatables, rookie lifeguard class and water aerobics. Yay!
Bath Sports and Leisure Centre 25m main pool and free form leisure pool with iant water slide, flume, features and spa pool plus Zany Zone indoor playground with three floors of fun including log ramps, ball pits, cargo nets, tunnels and slides.
Lymington Sea Water Baths Fully life guarded, sea water baths open daily to swimmers with children's paddling pool and sandpit. Inflatable water toys for children/adults. Kayaking, paddle boarding, climbing, water zorbing and radio controlled yacht hire also available from March to November at extra cost.
The Rapids Experience a world of water, fun and adventure for all the family! Ride The Rapids, zoom the flume, explore the pirate galleon, dodge the tipping bucket or relax in the bubble seats. There's something for everyone!
West Wight Sports Centre Main and learner pools with Wight's only diving boards, plus Water Survival Course, summer holiday dry side activities. In the 70s cool local parents dug this pool by hand!
Easton Leisure Centre Leisure Centre with a 25-metre pool, learner pool, and the only fun flume in Bristol!
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre Offering serious swimming facilities and international standard diving facilities with taster diving sessions for as young as 4 available, with a family session available too.
Brean Splash features cool indoor and outdoor splash zones both including water slides and tonnes of fun interactive features plus inflatable tube river ride! Absolutely loads of interactive fun for kids!
Water Adventure Play Park Water play on the sea front with a Splash Pad full of spray jets and wet play features, plus wooden play equipment, sandpit and other dry play too. Yay!
Portishead Open Air Pool A 33m heated outdoor pool situated at the Lakegrounds in Portishead, with stunning views of the Bristol Channel from the sun terraces.
Wiveliscombe Open Air Pool is a ‘heated outdoor community swimming pool’ with events, picnic area and sun deck set is the beautiful Somerset countryside.
Wotton Under Edge
Wotton Pool Heated outdoor pool with a retractable clear cover for attacks of British Summer! Male and female channging rooms and external hot showers. Open from April and available to hire for Pool Parties, lifeguard included!
Oasis Leisure Centre Indoor Lagoon themed swimming pool with pirate ship play feature for under 8s, 3 giant water slide, wave machine, watercannon and hydroslide.
Waterside Pool An all-weather outdoor swim option as it also features a retractable roof for a bit of protection from the elements when required. 25m pool with varying sessions types including Family Fun.
Cardiff International Pool Main swimming, learner and leisure pools plus 3 terrific slides plus a tipping bucket play area and loads of gym, cycling and spa style spaces for older types. Yay!
Northcroft Leisure Centre and Lido Indoor and outdoor (seasonal) pools, multi level adventure soft play area, sporting opportunities and sauna for mum.
Topsham Pool Modern heated outdoor swimming facility, with giant inflatable and fun sessions. The pool water is 100% chlorine free and heated to 28 degrees or more.
The Pyramids Centre Situated on Southsea beach, the Pyramids features three fun pools, water slides and wave pool, plus large soft play area with mazes, climbing nets and ball pits. There is also two Terrace Cafes serving freshly prepared hot and cold food.
Newport Centre features a tropically themed leisure pool with a cool spiralling flume slide and a wave machine! The shallow beach area is great for kids with it's own mini slides and a safe play to enjoy the waves from. Fun for literally everyone!
Highworth Recreation Centre Indoor or outdoor pools depending on weather, diving facilities, Wet 'n' Wild sessions and more besides including kiddies' Tap and Ballet classes!
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool Heated outdoor pool with toddler's paddling pool and hot showers for after. Open May to September.
Basingstoke Aquadrome With pools, flumes, fully equipped clean family changing rooms, free parking, a lively fun atmosphere and cafe, this is a great day out for any active family.
Llanishen Leisure Centre A fun family oriented leisure pool with a tropical lagoon style which features a pretty nifty flume slide and a cool wave machine: terrific fun and exercise for of all ages! Plus room to actually swim, too!
Stratford Park Leisure Centre Outdoor and indoor pools, various sporting opportunities. Outdoor pool open May to September.
Havant Leisure Centre Leisure centre with 25m main pool, diving area, splash pool, and learner pool. Also has indoor play area, that cates for parties, and a great programme for kids during school holidays.
Teignmouth Lido Heated and welcoming outdoor pool with some kids' fun sessions offered. Usual season May through September.
Alton Sports Centre Sports Centre with a 25m main pool, 12.5m teaching pool and a 9m diving pool including a 34 metre flume and 3 storey soft play facility for children aged up to 8 years.
Petersfield Pool Outdoor heated pool with toddler pool and good disabled access features. Separate toddler paddling available in summer too.
Adventure Wonderland This all inclusive theme park mixes kiddie and thrill rides, fairytale activities and animal cuddling, indoor adventure play with, well, outdoor adventures! A great range with something to suit everyone.
Badger Watch Dorset An evening in the country the kids will never forget: their high quality hides have recorded a 100% sightings record over the last three years, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some of these wonderful creatures foraging for food under the floodlights.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park Modest domestic animal park and pleasant gardens to keep your little ones busy while your big ones use the college Adventure Days to try archery, orienteering, high and low ropes courses, canoeing and kayaking!
Monkey World is a 65 acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys! Keeper talks, guided tours and information on conservation work too.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is an indoor and outdoor attraction, with an indoor ocean tunnel and other amazing sea life displays. There are rides, a Splash Zone and an interactive rock pool. We also have animal feeding sessions and a water park play area.
Abbotsbury Swannery This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans! The kids should take cameras and sketchbooks plus binoculars for elusive cygnets. It's also been used as a location for Harry Potter filming!
Oceanarium brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
Farmer Palmers Hands-on animal events, outdoor play, indoor soft play areas plus toddler and baby facilities. Serving home cooked food in large restaurant, your children will have a fun day whatever the weather!
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre As well as the rescued wildlife enjoy a Go-Kart Arena, Mini Pedal Tractors, Straw Fun Barn, Wooden Play Area, Sand Pit, Children's Fair Ground Rides (in season), and Toddlers' Toy Area. New features include the zip wire and a reptiliary house!
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm A family friendly farm with an undercover play area and plenty of friendly animals to meet, feed and cuddle, including guinea pigs, lambs, goats and more! Tractor races and Pony rides to enjoy plus a new water play area! And they do Birthday parties too.
Putlake Adventure Farm 30 acres of fun, lots of farm animals with feeding opportunities, 3 level indoor soft play centre, bouncy castles, trampolines, outdoor play area with sandpits, pedal go karts, pedal tractors and full size tractor trailer rides.
Gold Hill Museum and Garden Local life and history are portrayed here through artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the town’s first fire engine. Plus award winning garden.
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum Visit Edward Bear and his family of people sized bears, in loveable Teddy Bear House! It's really just bears… but there are loads and loads of them!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Water Parks near Sturminster Newton 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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