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Make a Splash: Lidos, beaches and water parks to enjoy the UK heatwave!

Lisa O'Keeffe

19 June 2017

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Hello, summer! With the UK basking in glorious sunshine (let’s hope we haven’t jinxed it!), there’s no better time to make use of the ‘water’ filter on our site! Packed full of lidos, beaches, water parks and more near you, they’re the perfect spot to keep your cool whilst making the most of the weather.

Featuring some of your most searched attractions, plus some of our favourites too, it’s time to make a splash at some of our top picks:

Kids will love making a splash at these sunshine spots

Danson Splash Park, London

Located in Bexleyheath, this splash park is part of the wider Danson Park. Featuring interactive water features, plus a fully equipped wet play area, this is the perfect inner-city spot for your water babies. With free entry, refreshment kiosks toilets and baby changing facilities all available, what are you waiting for?

Try an Aqua Park this summer, for an action packed water adventure. Photo by Russell Hanford

Box End Park, Bedfordshire

Suitable for children aged six and over, Box End Aqua Park is bigger and better than ever before. Home to a host of giant inflatable obstacles, you’ll have the chance to leap, climb and swing your way round the course. We guarantee they’ll be plenty of splashes along the way, and the park is also home to wakeboarding and water skiing too!

Wimbledon Sprinkler Park, London

This interactive splash pad and sprinkler park is most kid’s idea of heaven. Featuring six paddling pools, plus two interactive play areas that squirt, sprinkle and tip water, kids will love making a splash here. The best news? It’s completely free!

Dorset Waterpark, Dorset

Have your kids got what it takes to complete this obstacle course, on water? Bursting with challenging inflatable obstacles, including monkey bars, bridges and climbing walls, you’ll have to work together to avoid ending up in the water! Already rated 5* on our site, it’s been rated a must-see in Dorset!

Dorset Waterpark is a must-do, as recommended by mums

Cherry Hinton Water Play Area, Cambridge

Perfect for little swimmers and water babies, this play area is found within the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall. Home to two small paddling pools with gentle water shelves, toddlers can enjoy making a splash in an area designed especially for them! There’s free admission too, so it’s a great little find for local parents.

Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool, Derbyshire

Heated to a lovely 28 degrees throughout the summer, a visit here will have you soaking up the sun in the UK, whilst feeling like you’re in a tropical paradise. With public swim sessions each day, it’s the perfect place to cool off.

Hathersage open air pool is right near the Peak District!

Bridlington South Promenade, East Yorkshire

On holiday, we tend to make a beeline for the beach, but there’s plenty of sun, sea and sand to be enjoyed right here in the UK. Bridlington South Promenade is a huge hit for families, with golden sand and a special Kiddies’ Corner just past the Spa Royal Hall. With plenty of facilities on hand, plus gorgeous scenery, it’s a fantastic spot o soak up the sun.

Bridlington South Promenade is a great place to soak up the sun

Sandford Parks Lido

Found on the edge of the Cotswolds, this lido is home to slides, a children’s pool and a paddling pool for younger swimmers. Set in stunning grounds, there’s plenty of space surrounding the pool too, making it a great day out for the whole family.

New Brighton Beach, Merseyside

Don’t be fooled by the name, as this seaside retreat is around 300 miles from the famous Brighton Beach! Found in the North-West, this seaside resort has recently had a £60 million redevelopment, with lots of things to do for the whole family. Rated 5* recently, you told us about crabbing and rockpools, plus watching the ships coming and going.

New Brighton Beach is perfect for families in North West England

Nairn Beach, Scottish Highlands

With a sandy beach that’s perfect for building sandcastles and paddling in the sea, this Scottish beauty spot is popular with families of all ages. Ticking all the boxes for a great beach, Nairn also has the added bonus of being home to a school of dolphins, which can often be seen from the shore! Will you spot them on your visit?

Where are you making the most of the heatwave? Leave us a comment below, or share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Lisa O'Keeffe

19 June 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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