If it were up to the kids, they’d choose to spend every day of their holiday at a waterpark. With a selection of amazing water parks right on our doorstep, there's no need to jet off this summer in search of thrills 'n' spills! From whizzing down the flumes to floating gently around a lazy river, there’s lots of family fun to be had at one of Britain’s amazing waterparks. Take a look at our favourite water parks below and enjoy epic water slides, relaxing hot tubs and yummy food and drink.
Alpamare Waterpark, Scarborough
Less than 20 minutes from Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Alpamare in Scarborough is a waterpark like no other. Aplamare in Sweden is Europe’s largest indoor waterpark and now they’ve brought all the fun and excitement to the East Coast, opening their first UK waterpark in Scarborough in 2016.
Make the most of the summer weather and relax in the warm outdoor garden pool. Complete with bubbles and whirlpools, it’s great for all ages. Chill out in the beautiful outdoor infinity pool, the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the stunning views across the bay. Inside you’ll find a huge wave pool, a large main pool area and the Splash and Play Area which is perfect for children.
If it’s an action-packed trip you’re looking for, you’ll love the four state of the art slides on offer at Alpamare. Join your friends in a four-man tube and take a ride on the super-fast Snow Storm. There’s also the Black Run, the thrilling Olympic Run and the tumbling twists and turns of the Cresta Run mat racer to keep you entertained.
After you’ve dried off, there’s a beautiful landscaped garden outside to relax in, which overlooks the sea and the beautiful beach below. The Alpine-style spa and wellness centre is also perfect for those looking to unwind. With a choice of steam and sauna baths, a wide range of treatments and jet pools, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself to some much needed me time.
Our Favourite Waterslide at Alpamare
Our top pick at Alpamare is one you can enjoy with your family and friends time and time again. Climb onto a four-seater rubber ring and whizz down the Snow Storm for an amazing journey of dips and whooshing funnels where you'll be spun around as you shoot through the stripey tube. We've never seen a water slide quite this big before, with space for four people at a time, nobody has to miss out at Alpamare! The Snow Storm has an age limit of 8+ and a height limit of 1.2 metres+.
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Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
If you’re staying at Regent Bay Holiday Park, you’ll be pleased to hear you’re only 45 minutes from the UK’s largest indoor waterpark. With over 18 slides and attractions, Sandcastle is the perfect place for a fun family day out.
From exciting wave pools to daring slides, there’s lots to enjoy on a visit. You’ll find two Aztec themed slides that whizz down the outside of the building before sweeping back inside where you’ll plunge into the water. After you’ve ridden the Aztec slides, try the Masterblaster, the longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world, or enjoy the Sidewinder, the world’s first indoor vertical waterslide.
If you’re looking for something a bit more easy-going, the Duelling Dragons and Typhoon Lagoon Wave pool are great. Relax in the free-flowing waters of the Ushi Gushi Action River whilst the younger ones enjoy playing in the exciting Caribbean Storm Treehouse. If your time on the slides has left you feeling hungry, re-fuel at Bongo Bongo Burger Shack or relax with a coffee in Waterfalls Café.
Our Favourite Waterslide at Sandcastle
If you're heading to Sandcastle Waterpark, you'd be mad not to take a ride on the Masterblaster. The world's longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide takes a trip around the park, with open top sections offers views across the whole complex so see if you can spot your friends making a splash below! The Masterblaster is a super fast solo ride that must be undertaken on a rubber ring. This ride has an age limit of 8+ and a height restriction of 1.2 metres+.
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Splashdown Waterpark, Dorset
Experience the twists and turns of Splashdown Waterpark’s exciting slides and flumes. With 13 thrilling indoor and outdoor rides, you'll be spoilt for choice on your next visit.
Feel your adrenaline pumping on The Screamer, as you quickly descend 40 meters in under 5 seconds. Select your own tunes for a musical ride on the Infinity and watch the lights dance to the music as you’re quickly spun around the bowl, before dropping into the water below.
For those who fancy a more relaxed visit, head over to the Mississippi Drifter, where you can ride together with your friends as you twist and tumble down small slides and whirlpools on this inflatable tyre ride. Afterwards, take on the Black Thunder and the Red River Roller that are both perfect for those who prefer a gentler waterslide. There’s also a jacuzzi and spa pool to unwind in too.
For the little ones, there are 3 under 5’s splash zones to explore, including the exciting Buccaneer Bay. With warmer water, a small mini flume, inflatables and plenty of other water attractions, there’s endless fun to be had.
Only 15 minutes from Sandford Holiday Park, you won't want to miss Splashdown this summer!
Our Favourite Waterslide at Splashdown
There are too many to mention at Splashdown, but if you're looking for something unique then you've got to take a ride on the Wave Infinity! Before you head down the intrepid slide, choose the music you want to hear while you ride. Not only is the ride complete with its own amazing sound and lighting system, it's also not just your typical waterslide. The Wave Infiniti will see you flying around the giant bowl before dropping you underwater through the plughole. This one's got to be seen (and heard) to be believed!
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Wet n Wild, North Shields
Situated just a few minutes from Newcastle's city centre and the glorious Northumberland Coast, Wet n Wild is the biggest indoor water park in the North East! With 10 thrilling slides to choose from, there's something for all ages - making it the ideal place to visit for a family day out if you're staying at nearby Whitley Bay Holiday Park.
Delve into the darkness on The Black Hole as you travel through space and time with a spectacular light show inside the pitch black tunnel. Fancy a challenge? Race your friends down The Tornado and see who splashes down first. These two slides twist around each other like a plait with riders picking up speed as they descent from the top of Wet n Wild's tower.
If you're looking for something a little more relaxed, don't worry - Wet n Wild has you covered. With an extensive lazy river, wave pool and plenty of smaller rides and slides for the kids - there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Our Favourite Waterslide at Wet n Wild
With so much to choose from, thrill seekers will be spoilt for choice, however, The Kamikaze has to be our favourite slide. With riders reaching speeds of up to 30mph, it's the UK's fastest water slide. And the 80ft drop isn't for the faint hearted! The Kamikaze is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Please note, riders must be 1.2m or taller.
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Make a splash with Parkdean Resorts!
You don't have to venture far to take a dip, with swimming pools at over 60 of our holiday parks - you'll find fantastic pools, slides and water activities on your doorstep.
If you’re staying at Trecco Bay Holiday Park you’re in luck, as you’ll be able to enjoy the exciting Splashland facilities on the park itself. Check out the indoor pool, complete with water chutes, a slide and a fun pirate ship. There’s also a great outdoor play area to explore, with water guns and shoots, which the kids are sure to love.
With its tropical pool and fun slide, Vauxhall Holiday Park is also perfect for water lovers. The indoor Tropical Waterworld is packed with exciting family fun, including the splash land and slide.
At Ruda Holiday Park in Devon, splash around in the exciting Cascades Tropical Adventure Pool, and whizz down the 230ft giant blue water slide through thrilling rapids. If you fancy even more water-themed fun, learn to surf with qualified instructors from Surf South West on Croyde's stunning beach, then head out to catch some waves.
You’ll be sure to have a fun filled adventure, whatever the weather, during a stay at California Cliffs Holiday Park. Here, you’ll find both indoor and outdoor pools for the whole family to enjoy. Splash around in the heated indoor pool, or head outside to soak up the sun next to the outdoor pool, as the kids zoom down the waterslide.
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