I may be a Surrey girl now, but I grew up in Berkshire, and still spend a huge amount of my time over there. While Surrey may be more blessed with free splash parks, there are loads of splash parks in Berkshire if you’re looking for somewhere to cool off this summer!
Jocks Lane, Bracknell
Jocks Lane is a fantastic park space, tucked away behind a housing estate in Bracknell. There is a splash pad, a cafe, a large play park, tennis courts, plenty of parking, and a zip wire in the playing fields at the back. It also backs onto a wooded copse if you need some shade to cool off. Free to enter and to park.
Locks Ride Recreation Ground, Winkfield Row
This was a new discovery for me last summer, although I’ve driven past it numerous times. Lots of free parking, and a lovely big open space, with play park, zip wire, and splash pad. The splash pad works from 10am – 5pm (although the fountains are turned off between 1pm-3pm). There’s a lovely cafe, but also plenty of trees for shady picnic spots. A definite favourite!
California Country Park, Finchampstead
I really like California Country Park! They have a large play park, with a good sized paddling pool, as well as a lovely cafe. There is a small charge if children want to paddle, and parking is limited and not free, so this isn’t quite as cheap as the previous two options, but still very reasonable. The country park offers a huge space to explore if your kids tire of the park.
Wellington Country Park, Odiham
Wellington Country Park is definitely a proper day out rather than a quick splash park trip. It’s a large country park, complete with miniature railway, dinosaur figures, children’s farm, jumping pillows, sandpits, adventure playgrounds, and lots more. The splash park is open from April-September. Wellington charges admission, and you can find out more here.
Beale Park, Pangbourne
This was a favourite spot for us during the summer holiday when I was a child, and they still have a large paddling pool. Like Wellington, it’s a full day out, with an admission fee, but there is loads to do, including animals, trains, adventure playgrounds. You can find out more here.
A hot day in a theme park can be hard going, so make sure you take your swimming stuff if you’re heading to Legoland and cool off in Drench Towers and the Splash Safari. The Splash Safari is aimed more at toddlers and preschoolers, with Duplo animals providing interactive water features, while Drench Towers is the largest water play structure in the UK and has water slides to ride. Obviously you need to pay for admission for this one!
And if you’ve exhausted all the splash parks in Berkshire, why not hop across to Surrey and try out some of the splash parks Surrey has to offer!
Do you have any little splash park gems you’ll be visiting this summer?