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.  Have fun!

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CHRISTCHURCH QUAY SPLASH PARK

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, sluices, 3D fishy friends and a durable rubber flooring.

Next to the splash park is a lovely play park and green 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 Christchurch Town Council.

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UPTON COUNTRY PARK - POOLE

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 normally turned on from 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm 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 - BOURNEMOUTH

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 1BL

Facilities and Parking
Free parking on some nearby roads or there’s a small pay and display car park near the bottom of 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 - BOURNEMOUTH

This is a very popular paddling pool which is in an enclosed play park ensuring the kids will 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 a lovely large pond, wildlife and a miniature railway which runs on selected days.  

Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX
 
Facilities and Parking
Free parking at The Littledown for up to 3 hours.
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 a couple of years ago 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 are 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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This large shallow paddling pool and play park is perfect for big and little kids and all within a fenced area with gates. The park is set by the water’s edge and fantastic for a lovely walk alongside the beach huts.

Hamworthy Park, Lulworth Avenue, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DH

Facilities and Parking
There’s a small pay and display car park or free parking on some of the nearby side roads.
Public toilets are nearby.
The Park Café sells light lunches, snacks, drinks and ice creams.

For further information please visit Poole Council or contact them on 01202 265265. To keep up to date with local events and news please visit the Friends of Hamworthy Park Facebook page.

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BREWERY SQUARE - DORCHESTER

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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SEALIFE WEYMOUTH

The Weymouth SEALIFE 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 SEALIFE zones plus the amazing Caribbean Cove play area. 

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

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FARMER PALMERS - POOLE

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 play barns, ride on tractors, bouncy castles, indoor soft play, bumpy tractor trailer rides, dinosaurs on the woodland walk and a daily activity timetable which includes bottle feeding the guinea pig handling!

For further information, please visit Farmer Palmers.   

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DORSET WATERPARK - CORFE CASTLE

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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