aqua parks

Top aqua parks near London

Top aqua parks near London 

To combat heatwaves and get active this summer, try one of these fantastic waterparks…

Words by Leslie Angela Blanco

1 Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park

A gorgeous aqua park in Surrey with a multitude of activities to partake in for some summer fun, which includes floating islands, slides, and rope swings for both adults and children. There is even an area for tots at the park called ‘aqua tots’, a special session designed for kids 6 and under. Aside from the aqua park there are also swimming sessions available on the lake for either fun, fitness, or training. The park also offers boating, wakeboarding, water-skiing, and wake-surfing. Thorpe Lakes is open from May through September.

2 Shepperton Liquid Leisure Complex

As well as an outdoor aqua park, there are activities such as paddleboarding, kayaking, open water swimming, and a new attraction – disc golf. The aqua park is huge, with a massive floating obstacle course, changed and reconfigured each year to provide a fresh perspective. The park offers a free roam approach so you can start the course any which way, and the sessions last up to 50 minutes each. Kids six and up can join – younger than ten need adult supervision. Food and refreshments are also available and can be found at the park’s food truck. The centre provides buoyancy aids and soft hats for protection. Book your spots in advance because tickets sell out fast.

3 Wet N’ Wild at Waterfront Leisure Centre

A leisure centre in southeast London complete with group classes, a gym, two pools and more! The centre boasts of an impressive leisure pool offering aqua splash sessions which includes swimming, an anaconda slide, a multi-slide, and a wave machine. All ages are welcome and the saunas are a lovely addition situated alongside the pools.

4 Guilford Spectrum Leisure Complex

Guildford Spectrum offers a wide range of facilities and activities for families of all ages. Aside from its aquatic features, the leisure complex also offers ice-skating, bowling, and a gym. The extensive swimming facility includes a leisure pool, teaching pool, diving pool, and 25m pool. The leisure pool is where the water fun begins, with eight creatively constructed water slides, a wave machine, a tyre ride, a giant flume, and an interactive children’s section that includes tipping buckets, spinning wheels, and sprays. There is also a toddler splash swimming area designated for families with children five and under. The leisure pool is usually open to the public on weekends and school holidays.

5 Amity Beach, Thorpe Park

If you’re looking for a strictly family-only area to enjoy with the kids, then Amity Beach might just be the perfect fit. There is sand, a shallow pool area, and a few stimulating slides for the older kids to enjoy. The beach also has eye-catching multi-coloured changing huts, fountains, and climbing frames. Inside the park, you can enjoy the remarkable ‘wet wet wet’ waterslides, the Rumba Rapids river ride, storm surge water ride, and the tidal wave. Thorpe Park offers various bars and restaurants if you’re feeling famished from the activities.

6 Coral Reef Water world

A dreamy watery wonderland in Bracknell, Coral Reef Water World is one of England’s largest and most interactive water parks. Packed with aquatic features such as giant waterslides, an erupting volcano, pirate ship, fountains, and a coral spa—you’re bound to have an endorphin-inducing adventure with the kids. Whilst they’re enjoying the giant water slides, which range from easy, moderate to challenging, you can find solace in the coral spa to get some much-needed peace and relaxation. The spa includes three saunas, a spa pool, and a cool pool. This park is suited for all ages, and after partaking in all the watery fun it has to offer, you can finish your day with some food and drink at the Coral Reef Water World café.