In Britain, we’re always ready for the warmer weather when it does decide to venture our way. Al fresco dining options are plentiful and outdoor festivals kick into action every year, but where the UK really excels in the summer is in its superb range of waterparks.
When your child develops confidence around swimming pools, you can whisk them away to one of these wild water-themed venues and watch them have the time of their lives. There are many waterparks in Britain worth visiting, and we’ve done our research to bring you a list of the best in the country.
What better place to begin than the biggest waterpark in the whole of Wales? Formerly a Swansea leisure centre, the LC has since been converted into a sizeable splash-tastic venue with snaking tubes and slides. The whirlpool and lazy river offer a spot for those who would rather avoid the adrenaline rush, but if your little one is a bit of a daredevil, they can enjoy the mini slides and fountains designed specifically for kids, or even hop aboard the surfing simulator.
If you’re based in the Midlands, you’ll be delighted to hear there’s a wickedly fun waterpark just a stone’s throw from your doorstep. Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent is one of Britain’s most popular holiday venues, attracting the best part of half-a-million visitors every year. It’s easy to see why, of course: There are as many as 30 different rides and activities across indoor and outdoor arenas, including an interactive jungle house, toddler slides, and wave pools.
Blackpool has long been a tourist hotspot for its amusement parks and beaches, but one of the best reasons to visit this famous corner of the North West is Sandcastle. The largest indoor waterpark in Britain, this gigantic waterpark is home to a variety of white-knuckle rides, but is equally suitable for kids: with sleepy lagoons to splash around in and mini ships to explore.
Stationed down south? You’re in luck. The mighty Splashdown in Poole is one of Dorset’s biggest and best attractions. This terrific venue has an exciting selection of water-themed activities for toddlers and older children alike, including starter flumes, water cannons, play areas, and even a little snorkelling section! There are also slides designed for families to ride together, as well as a series of intense tube rides for the risk-takers.
When you’re getting bits and bobs together for your waterpark excursion, don’t forget to bring along the Mani! This British-made swimming aid is designed to help your child perfect their technique and adjust to life in the water. Whether you decide take a dip in the main pool or go for a drift down the lazy river, the Mani is what your little one needs to feel confident and stay safe. Learn more about our superb flotation device before you book your tickets to one of UK’s best waterparks!