Splash pads and wet parks provide the perfect way to cool down while having maximum fun for free in the hot weather and in Birmingham we happen to be blessed with quite a few such spots within splashing distance of the city, plus this year’s addition of a 100m water slide in one of the prettiest parks in the city. Also see our feature on wild & outdoor swimming spots near Birmingham here.
100m Waterslide at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens will be hosting an awesome 100m water slide in their grounds for one day only. Keep an eye on their website for more details.
Fri 18 Aug, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. Tel: 0121 454 1860. from 11am. Free (Botanical garden entrance costs apply for non-members). www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.
Bosworth Water Park & Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon Beach is the best beach you’ll find within 45mins of Birmingham, built in 2015 the water park also has a cafe, a pirate adventure playground, pirate crazy golf course, paddling spots and pedalos as well as sailing, windsurfing, dhingies and model boats for hire and even camping.
Bosworth Water Park, Wellsborough Road, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV13 6PD. Tel: 01455 291876. 8am – 8pm daily. Vehicles £1.50/£2 per hour and visitors on foot £2 adult £1 child per day. www.bosworthwatertrust.co.uk
Gheluvelt Park Splash Pad, Worcester
A decent sized splash pad with nice features like ntural rocks, paddling spots, showers and sprays in a pretty park with picturesque surrounds and great facilities including cafe. The maintained park also sits next to a wildlife area. All ages are welcome from toddler to teen and water-loving adults can enjoy it too.
69 Waterworks Rd, Worcester WR1 3EY. Tel: 01905 722233. 11am – 4pm April – mid July and 11am – 6pm from mid July to August. www.worcester.gov.uk
Walsall Arboretum Splash Pad
A gorgeous water park set in amongst 170acres of historic parkland and built in 2013 to replace the traditional lido. It links to the park’s playground in this lovely leafy spot, allowing for endless warm-weather play and a perfect place for families to come and splash about and cool down on hot days.
Sat 27 May – Sun 3 Sep, 11am – 3pm week days & 11am – 5pm weekends and school holidays. Free. www.facebook.com
Brintons Park Water Park & Playground, Kidderminster
Well-maintained wet play area in a pretty public park, especially good for young children with little wet slide and boat-themed play area to splash about in. Opens daily 10am-6pm from Friday 14th April to 8th September 2017.
Sutton Rd, Kidderminster DY11 6QT. Tel: 01562 732928 www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk
Dartmouth Park West Bromwich next to Sandwell Valley Country Park
Urban oases don’t come much funkier than Sandwell Valley country Park there’s a farm and tea rooms, high ropes course, climbing and zipwire, bike hire and they even host Folk music in the Forest events. And sitting alongside it is this ace urban park with its awesome splash pad complete with water play features, paddling areas, fountains, bridges and stones. The perfect place to escape the heat on a hot day or to cool down after exploring all the other delights on offer in this well-loved green space including a sensory garden and regular community events. www.facebook.com
Mary Stevens Waterplay Park Stourbridge – currently under renovation and planned to re-open in time for the school holidays at the end of July, see www.marystevenspark.org
Read our Best Wild & Outdoor Swimming Spots near Birmingham feature here.
Published on: Mon 26 Jun 2017