Where To Take Kids who Love Water!

Written by MiriamSpall on Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 14:41

Summer holidays are only around the corner, hooray! Sometimes the sun is so bright and beautiful we just feel like telling the kids to grab their buckets and spades, prepare a picnic and get outside to enjoy Suffolk’s great outdoors.

We all want to make the most of it, but where to go? We have put some ideas together for you and your family. Head to the park, and even better to either Holywells Park or Martello Park where they can get soaked in the water fountain, or Bourne Park’s paddling pool. If you live near Lowestoft or happen to be in the area, you ought to take the kids to the Royal Plain Fountains situated on Lowestoft seafront.

Head to the beautiful River Waveney and visit Beccles lido, with heated swimming pools and an adventure playground. Feeling a little wild? Have a go at wild swimming! Head to St Helen’s Picnic Site in Santon Downham and have a dip in Little Ouse - a peaceful river, perfect for families.

There is nothing kids love more than getting soaked, with or without clothes! So make sure you pack a change of clothes, towels and a picnic and make the most of the lovely weather! Expect nothing less than laughter and fun times.

Holywells Park

Cliff Lane, Ipswich IP3 0PG Tel 01473 433512

The kids will love playing in the adventure playground, riding their bikes and specially getting soaked in the water fountain!.

Opening months:  The 120 square metres waterplay park opens during the warmer days and is a hit with the kiddies. The sprinkles are switched on from easter (when there is no danger of frost)  through to one week after the kids go back to school around the second week in September

Operating times: From 9.30am – 6.30 pm 7 days a week over summer. It is recommended kids wear shoes as it can get very slippery!

Fed by an ancient well, the water supply is treated with a state-of-the-art UV sterilisation system. The water supply is extremely environmentally sound as it is entirely sustainable and chemical-free.

Bourne Park  

Wherstead Road, Ipswich IP2 8LS Tel 01473 433512

Apart from enjoying the playground and large field, Bourne Park has a nice size Paddling Pool (around 40cms deep) which is conveniently enclosed!

Opening months:  From the end of May (late bank holiday weekend) to one week after the kids go back to school around the second week in September

Operating Times: from 9.30am - 6pm, 7 days a week regardless of the weather.

If it is hot and your kids love playing with water, this is the place for you. Bourne Park also has a lovely play area for ages from 3 -14.

Martello Park

South Seashore, Felixstowe, IP11 2EN

Going to Felixstowe beach for the day? Stop at Martello Park, a large park with a new water play area which is operational in warm weather. It is the perfect complement to their playground and a day on the beach. Toilets are equipped with a 'Changing Places' facility, and for refreshments there are two kiosks providing a range of refreshments to enjoy.

Royal Plain Fountains

Royal Plain,Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR22 0AP Tel. 01502 533600

Fancy visiting Lowestoft's award winning beach, Lowestoft South Beach? Lowestoft has always been renowned for the quality of the beach and seafront, the golden sands, and stunning views across the Suffolk Coast Line. Be sure to take the kids to play at The Royal Plain Fountains situated on the seafront.

Operating Months: The fountains are in operation from the 1st April – 31st October

Operating Times:  Monday from 9am-8pm and Tuesday to Fridays from 9am - 10 pm.

They consist of 74 individual interactive water jets with variable lighting, providing interactive play for children of all age’s and forms an illuminated spectacle during the evening hours. Every 30 minutes from 10am – 10.30pm a musical display takes place, with the fountains moving to the sound of the music.

Beccles Lido

Puddingmoor, Beccles NR34 9PL Tel. 01502 713 297

Run by volunteers and right next to the riverside, Beccles Lido is the perfect place to come for an early morning swim or a family day out. The Lido is a traditional outdoor swimming pool, heated to 27°C. The large 30 x 15 metre pool has a deep end of 3.5 metres and features a 1 metre springboard. Separate toddler and paddling pools are all heated.  They also have a Giant inflatable aquarun (1-3pm at weekends & daily during school holidays, weather permitting)

Opening months: Saturday 28th May – Sunday 11th September 2016. FREE for under 5s, for more pricing information click here.

Operating Times: Mon-Wed:07:00 - 18:30, Thurs: 07:00 - 20:00, Fri: 07:00 - 18:30, Sat-Sun: 07:30 - 18:30

Described by locals as the “The jewel of Beccles Town”, Beccles Lido has got great reviews for their perfectly maintained heated pools and grass area, a kids adventure playground, exercise machines, and seating for the ones watching. There is a slide for the children and a diving board at the deep end. On a nice day, you can stay all day and they operate a wristband system during the very busy times so it is never too packed in the water.  There are lockers available and a cafe serving hot food and refreshments, but you can take your own picnic.

 Consider a boat trip by Big Dog Ferry!

Little Ouse at Santon Downham

Are you and the kids up for a wild adventure? Bring a picnic, the fishing nets and have a paddle surrounded by nature in the Little Ouse, a popular calm river in Santon Downham, a village in Thetford Forest. You can get there by the footbridge from St Helen’s picnic site in Santon Downham. For more information about St Helens Carpark click here.

Prepare to have a tranquil day of walks, swimming, and family bliss.

Remember to check our Family guide for more fantastic days out!  

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