There’s nothing better on a hot day than a bit of splashing around and jumping in a fountain or a paddling pool!
Here’s our selection of the best splash parks and play fountains in the UK. Have a wonderful day out and… remember to make a splash!
Due to Hosepipe Bans coming into effect across the UK in August, please make sure that you check the website for your local splash park or fountain before travelling.
Granary Square is located in the London Borough of Camden, just a few steps from King’s Cross. It features 1,080 water jets and provides hours of fun and splashing! Our tip: come in the evening when the fountains are illuminated with colourful lights.
The interactive fountain display is an exciting new addition to the historic harbour area of Folkestone. It’s now a popular spot for a family day out. Cool off in the play fountains on a hot day and come back in the evening to see the wonderfully illuminated water jets.
There’s no better way to spend a summer’s day in London than with cooling down in play fountains! Head to Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, a perfect place for your children to paddle (as a Muddy Mum, you have all the right to join them, of course!) Good to know: the two sides of the fountain are supposed to show the two sides of Diana’s life: happy, peaceful times and turmoil.
The pool consists of some brilliant interactive splash pad features and a two-foot-deep paddling pool for children of all ages. There’s also a football field, a tennis court and a newly refurbished playground in the vicinity – simply show up and have a splashing day!
Hidden inside the inner courtyard at the V&A, the pool is a perfect place to relax with your lovely gang. Cool down in the fountain water jets and take a moment to rest after visiting the Museum or strolling around the city.
6) Bradford City Park, Bradford, Yorkshire
Need to cool down? Head to Bradford and enjoy the award-winning Mirror Pool – the largest urban water feature in the UK! The pool offers over 100 fantastic fountains to splash in. In the evening, the pool is illuminated and looks even prettier.
This brilliant Splash Pad is located in the lovely Victoria Park (one of the oldest parks in Wales) in Cardiff. There’s also a children’s play area and a sports field to keep your children busy. The water park is great especially for younger children up to 12 years.
Blackpill Lido is an outdoor water park with lots of attractions such as paddling pool, play area, climbing rock and picnic facilities – and it’s free! When your little ones are done splashing around, head to the nearby Clyne Gardens, Bay Rider and Swansea Bay for an even more fantastic family day out!
The Peace Gardens is an award-winning space located in the city centre of Sheffield, by the Sheffield Town Hall. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the brilliant water fountains. There are also green areas to sit, chill and have a picnic.
The award-winning Quarry Splash Park, opened in 2016, is a brilliant play area with a traditional play equipment and some exciting water features such as Snake Sprayer, Spring Turtle and Lily Pad Sprayers. Get ready to jump in!