We recently needed an indoor activity for our son's birthday and after asking him what he wanted to do we thought we'd take a trip to Romsey Rapids which isn't far from the East Dorset border. I had a look at the website and the pirate ship and affordable admission prices sold it to us, plus I wanted to go somewhere we had never been before. We had a lovely wonder round the shops in town and had a bite to eat before heading to Romsey Rapids.
When I rang in the morning I was told that if it was busy they would have to limit our time to an hour but considering it was a wet rainy summer holiday day I thought it wasn't too busy at all, although we did choose to go mid afternoon when the receptionist said it would be quieter.
You have to walk over a bridge to get to the pool side and our son just stood and stared at everyone below having fun. The communual changing rooms have family rooms with changing tables which is great and in no time at all we were heading for the pirate ship to play.
It really is a great place for babies, toddlers and older children and we literally spent an hour an a half playing on the slides, the pirate ship squirters, chilling in the bubbly tubs and going round and round and round in the lazy river! The only thing we didn't go on was the large flume because Sam was a bit scared and we only left because we could see he was getting tired.
So if you are looking to take the family somewhere out of Dorset for a fun swim then please check it out, it really is very family friendly and well recommended.
For details on swimming times, prices and location, please visit Romsey Rapids Sports Complex.
Useful to know...............
The pool area is really warm so if you are playing outside of the water you won't get too cold.
There is a Costa Coffee selling drinks, cakes, toasties, sandwiches and panini's however Romsey town centre is only a couple of minutes away and there are plenty of eateries there if you are after more of a meal.
Parking is free for up to 4 hours.
UPDATE (Nov 2021) We visited today and yet again had a brilliant time with the kids. Please note that sessions are currently only for 1 hour however the prices are still very reasonable and car parking for 4 hours remains free.
Photo credit with permission: Romsey Rapids Sport Complex