Outdoor pools and water parks in Dorset as Met Office predicts another heatwave

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Why not make the most of the sun and take the family to one of these outdoor pools and water parks.

Whether you need a toddler-friendly space or are looking for a place to entertain the big kids in your life, Dorset has you covered.


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Quomps water park

Christchurch Pier

If you’re looking for affordable summer activities, look no further than Quomps Splashpark on Christchurch Quay.

Featuring a well-equipped playground, an enclosed water park, a shallow paddling pool and water play fountains, it’s all completely free.

With an ice cream stand, public restrooms, and plenty of room to spread out a picnic blanket, there’s no reason not to make a day out of it.

For more information, visit the BCP Council website.

Hamworthy Park

Swimming pool

Located on Poole Harbour, Hamworthy Park is made up of a large open green space, home to a paddling pool and play park.

And for families looking for seaside activities, the park also includes Hamworthy Beach.

A feast for the eyes, the location offers views of Brownsea Island and the Purbecks, perfect if you’re going to be hanging out all day. The visit is also free.

For more information, visit the BCP Council website.

Splash Fountain at Upton Country Park

Swimming pool

Upton Country Park is one of Poole’s oldest sites, home to Grad II* listed Upton House

The park is free all year round but for people arriving by car there is a parking fee.

Among the many other attractions, during the warmer months of the year Splash Fountain in the Walled Garden adds to the fun.

The body of water comes alive twice a day throughout the summer, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Upton County Park website.

Redhill Park

Bournemouth

Another free way to spend a sunny day in Dorset is at Redhill Park in Bournemouth.

Suitable for toddlers and teenagers, in addition to the all-important paddling pool there is also play equipment, a ball pit, a small skate area and football facilities.

To make this another viable all-day option, there are also public restrooms and the Fox Café in the old bowling pavilion for refreshments.

For more information, visit the BCP Council website.

Lymington Seawater Pools

new forest

Not technically in Dorset, but right next door is Lymington Seawater Baths – also known as Lymington Lido.

Built in 1833, it is the oldest lido in the UK, and at 110 meters long by 50 meters wide, it is also one of the largest.

Supervised by lifeguards, you can opt for a 2-hour swimming session (£4 for adults, £2 for children), a 75-minute inflatable session (£16 pp) or a stand-up paddleboarding session 60 minutes (£8 per person).

For more information, visit the Lymington Seawater Baths website.

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