Swimming Pool Parties in Suffolk

Written by MiriamSpall on Friday, November 24, 2017 - 10:37

Swimming birthday parties can be a great alternative to traditional celebrations, especially if you have young ones that can’t get enough of splashing and sploshing everytime you go swimming!

Ready to start planning?! If you are a very enthusiastic parent you can take on the role of party planner which would involve hiring a pool, a lifeguard (if required by the venue) and organize games and the catering all by yourself. Alternatively, you can let someone else do all of the hard work for you so that you get the chance to have a cup of tea and relax!

Once you have decided what role you will be playing you can go ahead and

  1. Find a venue! Start by contacting your local Leisure Centres. Your child's current Swimming teacher might be able to share a few options with you, or make a start with the alternatives below! We have gathered a selection of swimming pool parties organizers in Suffolk for you.

  2. Water temperature If you are organizing a birthday party for your baby or toddler water temperature should be warmer than in a regular pool at around 32 degrees. Most public swimming pools are heated to around 28-29 degrees C, although they may have a learner pool which is kept at a warmer temperature, or a separate shallower area to make swimming with your toddler easier.

  3. Exclusivity - Would you mind sharing the swimming pool with the public or would you prefer to have it to yourselves? Alternatives include exclusive and shared pool hire.

  4. Facilities - Most places supply inflatables and toys. Some may also have slides and flumes, but make sure you check the minimum age or height restrictions to ensure they are appropriate for your party.

With the above in mind, you are now ready to make some decisions! I'm sure you will find the right venue to suit all of your needs. Have a fantastic swimming pool party!

Crown Pools (01473 433655) Crown Street, Ipswich IP1 3JA

Crown pools offer swimming pool parties but do not include its exclusive use.  It Includes a Free family swim voucher for the birthday child and a Party assistant.

  • Pool details: Leisure Pool
  • Pool warmth: 30 degrees C
  • Suitable for ages:  3-12-year-olds,
  • How long: One hour in the Leisure Pool and one hour for food
  • Supply Inflatables:  Yes, floats and hoops and lots of fun.
  • Availability: Available Fridays 4-6pm and weekends 12-2pm at Crown Pools.
  • Price: £78.75  for up to 15 children
  • Lifeguard: Yes, a lifeguard is present at all times. The party assistant is a member of staff dedicated to you for the party, so anything you need to ask can be directed to them. A responsible adult over the age of 16 is required to supervise the children under the age of 8 years. One adult is only allowed to supervise two under 8s at any one time. The responsible adult must accompany the children in the water at all times. Adults accompanying children during the party are nit charged entry.
  • Catering:  is not supplied, but food can be brought in and served upstairs in the balcony area.

First Strokes (0845 838 8956) Hadleigh Road, Sproughton Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3AS

Includes exclusive use of the party room for one hour including half hour set up, Party Balloon for each child (subject to availability), 30 free party invitations, A free return visit for the Party Star! Invite up to 30 children

  • Pool measurements: 18m x 7m Pool Depth: 0.9m to 1.5m
  • Pool warmth: 31C
  • Suitable for ages: Parties can be tailored to suit children of all ages. 
  • How long: After 1 hour of splash-tasic fun in the pool, head on through to the party room and feast on your party food.
  • Supply Inflatables:  Baby parties will have toys and floats in the pool and the older children will have a giant inflatable, which requires parental supervision.
  • Availability: Parties are weekends 4-6pm.  They can sometimes fit parties during the week 1-3pm usually for the babies/pre-schoolers.
  • Price: Price is £150 for an hour in the pool and an hour in the party room.
  • Lifeguard: Dedicated Lifeguard and/or Party Host to ensure your party goes swimmingly
  • Catering:  Their cafe can provide food at an extra cost, or parents can bring in their own food.

Bradgate Pool Bradgate, Elton Park, Off Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0DG

Sailfish Swim School offers party packages with exclusive pool use, 

  • Pool measurement: Large, 40-foot x 20-foot swimming pool. There is a shallow end (0.7m) and a deep end (2.7m)
  • Pool warmth: The water temperature is kept at a constant 31°C.
  • Suitable for ages: They can cater for any age & tailor it to suit the group. The ideal age is around 7-10yrs.
  • How long: Two hours
  • Supply Inflatables: They have a selection of pool toys/dive sticks/floats that the children can use.
  • Availability: call for availability
  • Price: £200 for up to 12 children, additional children can be booked on at £12.50 per head up to a maximum of 15. Also offer a 1-hour pool party with no food, for up to 12 children. £125
  • Lifeguard: They provide 2 lifeguards who organise & run games & activities in the pool & allow some free play.
  • Catering: After changing they can provide and serve a party tea, with either hot or cold option which can be tailored to suit your needs. Unlimited drinks including apple juice, orange juice, blackcurrant squash and water.
  • Includes: Their highly trained instructors provide safe and fun pool based entertainment including games and free-play in a relaxed atmosphere where parents can stay and chill out too. Themed Parties - They can provide a range of bespoke and themed party options with extra decorations and themed food.

Hadleigh Pool & Leisure (01473 823470) Stonehouse Rd, Hadleigh, Ipswich IP7 5BH

Enjoy exclusive use of the pool for all your friends and family at your own private pool party for up to 50 guests!

  • Pool measurement: Length 25m, width 10m, shallow end 1m, deep end 2m, pool area 250m2
  • Pool warmth: 28 degrees
  • Suitable for ages: 3+
  • How long: Parties are 1-hour hire of pool & facilities and you can hire a room for party food for an extra cost.
  • Supply Inflatables: Commando Aquarun Inflatable • Floats and rafts
  • Availability: Saturdays from 5.00- 7.00pm
  • Price: £107 per hour
  • Lifeguard: yes
  • Catering: yes, can do call for details
  • Additoinal info: 50% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking

Kingfisher Leisure Centre (01787 375656) Station Road, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2SU

Enjoy exclusive use of the pool for all your friends and family at your own private pool party. Parties are 1 hour hire of pool & facilities for up to 120 people

  • Pool measurement:  length 25m, width 20m, deep end 2m, pool area 500m2
  • Pool warmth: 28-30 degrees C
  • Suitable for ages: suitable for all ages including babies and toddlers
  • How long: 1 hour
  • Supply Inflatables: Pool Inflatable • Slides • Waves • Floats and rafts
  • Availability: Saturdays from 5.00pm Sundays 11.00am-12.00pm
  • Price: £195 per hour
  • Lifeguard: yes
  • Catering: If you would like to supply your own food the cost is of £45. Otherwise, they offer cold and hot food options. Cold food lunch boxes unlimited juice £3.90, hot food same price.
  • Additional info: 50% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.


Leiston Leisure (01728 830364) Red House Ln, Leiston IP16 4LS

Exclusive hire 

  • Pool measurement: 25m.
  • Pool warmth: 28 to 29 degrees Celsius.
  • Suitable for ages: 8 to 15
  • How long: 1 hour plus time in a room for food.
  • Supply Inflatables: yes
  • Availability: Saturdays from 6.00pm, main pool party with inflatable optional
  • Price: Maximum of 40 children.  £123 per party.
  • Lifeguard: yes
  • Catering: You can bring food with you, but this is not available from the site.
  • Additonal info: The pool parties are only available on a Saturday evening from 6 pm onwards.


Felixstowe Leisure Centre (01394 694600) 75 Undercliff Rd W, Felixstowe IP11 2AE

Exclusive hire.

Main Pool party

  • Pool measurement: 25m.
  • Pool warmth: 28 to 29 degrees Celsius.
  • Suitable for ages: For 5 to 13 years during Just Swim sessions
  • How long: 1 hour plus time in a room for food.
  • Supply Inflatables: yes
  • Availability:  Saturdays from 6.00pm, main pool party with inflatable optional
  • Price: £8.55 per child
  • Lifeguard: yes
  • Catering: Own food
  • Additional info: Minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 children

Fun Pool Party

Have a ‘splashing time’ with this exciting and fun party! You will have lots of playtime with our floats and pool toys.

  • Pool measurement: 20m
  • Pool warmth: 30-32 degrees
  • Suitable for ages: For 4 to 8 years
  • How long:  1 hour plus time in a room for food.
  • Supply Inflatables: yes
  • Availability: Saturday between 5.00pm and 8.00pm.
  • Price: £68
  • Lifeguard: yes
  • Catering:  Own food (includes 30 mins for food) Minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 children


Culford Sports And Tennis Centre (01284 385370) Culford, Bury St. Edmunds IP28 6TX

  • Pool details: Pool length: 25m, width: 13m, Shallow end: 0.9m, Deep end: 1.8m, Pool area: 325m2
  • Pool warmth: 30-31 degrees C
  • Suitable for ages: Suitable for all ages
  • Supply Inflatables: yes
  • Availability: Weekends
  • Price: £125 which includes an hour in the swimming pool and 2 hours in the upstairs studio. Catering is not supplied
  • Lifeguard:  2 lifeguards, 40 max including parents


Ubbeston Swimming Pool (01986 799 007) Ubbeston Lodge, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0EY

Please note: Parties are available but families MUST bring their own lifeguard

  • Pool details: The pool is 12x4m with a depth of 1.3m,
  • Pool warmth: heated up to 32+, underfloor heating throughout.
  • Suitable for ages: There is no age limit so long as there is an adult per 3 children in the pool. It can be hired out to anyone, with a minimum of two, up to 6 people in the pool at any one time. It’s for exclusive use so good for beginners who don’t like the noise of a public pool, great for babies as it’s heated up to 32+ with a playpen and changing mats and heated underfloor throughout. Also good for the elderly as has walk-in steps with d-bar at the end to hold on to whilst walking in.
  • Availability: The pool is open between 7.30am - 8.30pm Monday - Friday/ 8.30am - 7.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Price: It’s £15 for a half hour swim or £25 for a full hour and that includes 10 mins before and 15 mins after for changing.

WATERLANE LEISURE CENTRE 01502 532540 Water Lane, Lowestoft Suffolk, NR32 2NH, UK

Why not have the ultimate party and hire the Main Pool and for you and up to 50 of your friends and family. Your party will have private use of the pool in a safe environment patrolled by our trained lifeguards.

Main Pool - £100.00ph
Main Pool with Inflatable - £160.00ph
Learner Pool - £85.00ph

Why not jump 'all-in' for an exclusive pool hire including the commando run inflatable assault course (inc. 5 fully trained RLSS lifeguards) for £160 or exclusive use of the learner pool with floats and balls for just £85 (inc. 2 RLSS lifeguards).**

*food is not included with exclusive hires, but an option to purchase the cold buffet for £4.50 per child by prior arrangement with the Source Cafe is available.

Are you looking for swimming lessons for your children? Take a look at our Family Guide: Classes & activities - Swimming lessons

Bungay Pool St Johns Hill, Bungay ( 01986 895014) Suffolk, NR35 1PH, UK

Exclusive hire £120 ph, Inflatable Exclusive Hire £185.

Why not have the ultimate party and hire the Main Pool and Inflatable Assault Course for you and up to 100 of your friends and family. Your party will have private use of the pool and inflatable in a safe environment patrolled by our trained lifeguards.

Bungay Swimming Pool's Parties offer the chance to celebrate a special occasion for children or adults in a safe environment with fully qualified lifeguards supplied.



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