4 amazing water parks in the UK
Ravenous afterwards, if you were lucky your parents might allow you a luminous slushie and a portion of salty chips. Childhood may unfortunately be behind us but water parks are not just for children. What’s more, the slides available now are dazzling sensory experiences, with music and lighting so you can get some much needed exhilaration after a week tap tapping away in the office. Here is our selection of some of the best aquatic fun you can have in the UK.
1. New Forest Water Park, Hampshire
Along with the standard inflatables, this mammoth outdoor water park boasts two trampolines, monkey bars, flippers, slides, hurdles, rockers, rollers, an overhanging climbing wall, a swing, and a giant iceberg! Perfect for some silly fun with friends.
2. Splashdown Quay West, Devon
If you are holidaying near Paignton, be sure to pay a visit to this water park.
Located just by the sea, you’ll take in stunning views of the ocean as you whizz down one of the following rides: The Screamer, Wild Kamikaze, Devil’s Drop, Corkscrew and more. Grab a bite at the on-site restaurant and beach bar afterwards.
3. Alton Towers, Stoke-on-Trent
It is not all about the theme park at Alton Towers. Their water park is pretty top-of-the-pops too. As well as the Master Blaster Water Coaster and Lazy River Crazy Canons, check out Rush ‘n’ Rampage, the high speed water slide adventure. It offers a range of settings so you can experience the water slide just how you like it. Fancy experiencing a thunder storm as you shoot down? No problem. Hankering after a bit of Bob Marley or, um, Peter Andre as you bomb down the slide? All you have to do is choose and said music will start to play.
4. Center Parcs, Wiltshire
If you are staying at Center Parcs on a break, the water park is a must. The colossal tropical cyclone ride is the big ‘un. First the stats. It is the largest interactive two or three person raft ride in Europe – the cyclone tube has a diameter of 15 metres, it’s 45 seconds long, with a top speed of 40km/h and the ride offers 142 metres of twists turns and sways with a tummy-flipping ‘giant cone drop’ that promises to give visitors a zero gravity experience. Throughout the ride, there are all manner of projections, lights and sounds and you even get to choose from themes such as thunder, underwater coral reef and waterfalls.