SPLASH PARKS AND PADDLING POOLS

On a lovely sunny day there's nothing better than packing up the kids cozzies and heading to one of Dorset's free splash parks or paddling pools.

An advisable packing list for the children would be swimwear, water nappies if required, towels, blanket, hat, suncream, baby wipes, aqua shoes (to avoid slipping), drinks and a yummy picnic. 

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CHRISTCHURCH QUAY

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Christchurch Quay the enclosed splash park and shallow paddling pool has water jets and sprays, a water play pump, channels and sluices.  New for 2019 are some lovely 3D fishy friends and a new durable rubber flooring.
Next to the splash park is a lovely play park with plenty for the kids to enjoy. 

Christchurch Quay, Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BY

Facilities and Parking
There are several pay and display car parks near the Quay
Public toilet and baby change facilities are nearby
A café and restaurant can be found on the Quay plus there's plenty more in the town which is within walking distance

For more information, please visit the Christchurch Quay Splashpark Facebook page.

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UPTON COUNTRY PARK

You will find the splash fountains within the beautiful Walled Garden.  On a sunny day you will be able to hear the screams of happy children all the way from the car park!  Upton Country Park also has lots of lovely walks and play areas making it a great place to go for several hours.  Fountains are turned on from 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm from May to September when the weather is nice.

Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
 
Facilities and Parking
Parking charges apply however entry to the park is free
Public toilets and baby change facilities are nearby
There is a Café selling light lunches, cake and ice creams within the Walled Garden and a kiosk selling drinks and ice creams by Upton House

For more information, please visit Upton Country Park or call 01202 262753.

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BOSCOMBE CHINE GARDENS

The water play feature comprises of a network of channels, dams, sluices and pumps all set within an enclosed small play area.

Boscombe Chine Gardens, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 BL

Facilities and Parking
Free parking on some nearby roads or there’s a small pay and display car park near the bottom the hill on Boscombe Pier approach
There are public toilets and baby change facilities at the top of the gardens by the totem poles
There are several eateries and take aways near Boscombe Pier plus a Cafe in the park

For more information, please visit Boscombe Chine Gardens.

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REDHILL PARK

This is a very popular paddling pool which is in an enclosed play park ensuring the kids will definitely be entertained for hours!

Redhill Park, Redhill Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2SW

Facilities and Parking
Free parking on side roads
Public toilet facilities are nearby
There is a Café by the pool selling snacks, drinks and ice creams

For more information, please visit Bournemouth Council.

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PARKLAND AT LITTLEDOWN

The Parkland at the Littledown Centre has a fantastic paddling pool which is set within a large enclosed play park.
Within the Parkland you will also find the Altitude High Ropes Course, lovely walks and a miniature railway (please note that the train only runs on selected days).  

Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX
 
Facilities and Parking
Large pay and display car park
Public toilet facilities are nearby
The park kiosk sells snacks, drinks and ice creams or the restaurant inside the sports centre offers a wider selection of food

For more information, please visit BH Live Littledown Centre or call 01202 417600. 

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BOURNEMOUTH PIER APPROACH

The sprinklers at Pier Approach have proved very popular since they opened and with the beach only a stone’s throw away you’ll have a fantastic day of wet fun!
The fountains are traditionally turned on from May to September when the weather is nice.

Facilities and Parking
There are several pay and display car parks nearby
Public toilets and baby change facilities at the entrance to Bournemouth Pier
There’s plenty of restaurants, take aways and kiosks nearby or visit Key West Bar and Grill on Bournemouth Pier for a great variety of children’s meals

For more information, please visit Bournemouth Tourism or call on 01202 451734.

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HAMWORTHY PARK

The paddling pool at Hamworthy Park is currently under a much needed refurbishment and is due to open in Summer 2019.

For more information and up to date news, please visit the Friends of Hamworthy Park Facebook page.

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BREWERY SQUARE

Brewery Square is a wonderful place with eateries, shops and all year round family friendly events.  In the middle of the Square is a set of fountains which children will enjoy running through and cooling down on a hot day.

Brewery Square, 21 Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QR

Facilities and Parking
There are several pay and display car parks nearby
Public toilets and baby change facilities are nearby
There are plenty of eateries in the Square including Pizza Express, Nandos, Wagamama, The Deli Kitchen and Creams

For more information, please visit Brewery Square.

DORSET ATTRACTIONS WITH WET PLAY

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SEA LIFE WEYMOUTH

The Weymouth SEA LIFE Splash Zone is fantastic and suitable for children of all ages with water fountains and jets plus a paddling pool and slide.
There’s plenty more to do and see for the day with many SEA LIFE zones plus the amazing Caribbean Cove play area. 

For further information and booking details please visit SEA LIFE Weymouth Adventure Park.    

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FARMER PALMERS

Farmer Palmers has an interactive water play area where the children can pump the water and watch it flow.  Keep an eye out for the buttons which shoot out a shower of water!

Farmer Palmers is one of Dorset’s best Attractions and much loved by many local families.  Other than the water feature you will find fantastic play barns, ride on tractors, bouncy castles, indoor soft play, bumpy tractor trailer rides, a woodland walk and a daily activity table which includes bottle feeding the goats and pig racing!

For further information, please visit Farmer Palmers.   

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ABBOTSBURY CHILDREN'S FARM

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm have a fun waterplay zone with buckets and tables which the children will have endless fun with.  There’s also lots of lovely farm animals to see and play areas to enjoy.

For more information, please visit Abbotsbury Children's Farm or read about our day out on the Dorsetmums Blog.

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DORSET WATERPARK

The Dorset Waterpark is spread over two beautiful lakes overlooking Corfe Castle.  The course includes slides, a trampoline, gladiator rings, jumps, balance beams and lots more.

For more information and booking details please visit the Dorset Waterpark

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