::SNIPPET::SoGlos has handpicked 17 of the very best splash pads and outdoor swimming pools in Gloucestershire and beyond – offering families everything from inflatable waterparks to outdoor pools and even ringo rides!
So, grab your cozzies, pack a picnic and don’t forget the sun cream, as you plan a cool summer’s day out.
Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham
Sandford Parks Lido is Gloucestershire’s most popular place for an outdoor dip.
Boasting a 50-metre heated pool, complete with a slide and children’s pool, the outdoor swimming complex is also home to a children’s play area and café serving some fantastic sausage sandwiches!
Splash pool at Cattle Country in Berkeley
Cattle Country Farm Park's splash pool offers a great way for little ones to cool off after a busy day.
In addition to the boating lake and beach barn, the farm park near Stroud also offers a whole host of indoor and outdoor entertainment, including adventure playgrounds, trampolines and huge play barns – not forgetting opportunities to meet all the furry residents!
Splash pad at Leisure at Cheltenham
With warm shallow water, plenty of sprayers and a mini slide, the splash pad at Leisure at Cheltenham is a great way for younger children to get in on some aquatic activities.
Children under the age of six can cool off at the popular splash pad, whilst older children can take advantage of the diving boards and larger pool areas at Leisure at Cheltenham.
Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud
A summer hotspot for Stroud’s local swimmers, Stratford Park Leisure Centre is a fantastic location for an alfresco dunk.
The 50-metre pool is situated within the stunning grounds of Stroud’s Stratford Park, providing the perfect opportunity for a scenic picnic in the sun after a long swim.
Bathurst Pool in Lydney
Bathurst Pool in Lydney is one of Gloucestershire’s best kept secrets.
Spanning 38 metres, with plenty of space and benches for picnics, sunbathing and water-based activities, the outdoor pool also has a shop selling hot and cold snacks. There’s also a Serious Swimmers Club, too!
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool
One of the oldest swimming pools in the UK, Cirencester Open Air Pool offers a unique opportunity for visitors to cool off in its natural spring water pool.
Featuring a children’s slide, paddling pool, tuck shop and large patio for sunbathing, the outdoor complex also offers a range of activities, including aqua aerobics and fitness swims.
Open every day throughout the summer, Wotton Pool, fitted with a retractable roof, offers a great location for an outdoor swim – even when the British weather is unpredictable!
Outside their usual public sessions, the 20-metre Wotton-under-Edge pool is also available for private sessions, pool parties and is known to host regular swimming lessons as well.
Cotswold Water Park and Beach
Home to the largest inland paddling beach in the UK, Cotswold Water Park and Beach is a great location for little ones to cool down in the warmer weather.
Offering water-based entertainment for younger and older kids alike, the park is jam packed with activities, from kayaking and paddle boarding to an inflatable assault course. You can even hire out barbecues!
Portishead Open Air Pool
Further afield, situated on the edge of the Bristol Channel, Portishead Open Air Pool is a great location that both kids and more serious swimmers can enjoy.
Complete with a toddler pool, tuck shop and restaurant, the 33-metre pool is heated by green energy, generated by its biomass boiler. What’s more, the outdoor complex has increased its general and family sessions, allowing visitors to cool off at the pool for up to four hours, depending on the day.
Greenbank Pool in Somerset
Greenbank Pool is a fantastic location to make a splash this summer. Located just over the border in Somerset, visitors can take a plunge into the art deco style pool, whilst little ones can go wild for the splash zone, complete with slide and fountains.
With a rich history, the outdoor complex has welcomed over four and a half million people since its opening in 1937.
Lakeside Ski and Wake at Cotswold Water Park
The perfect choice for those looking to beat the heat in a more thrilling way, Lakeside Ski and Wake offers everything from inflatable rides to water skiing and wakeboarding.
Based within Cotswold Water Park, the water sports company offers a range of action-packed activities, including ringo rides and inflatable giant sofa rides. With the ringos suitable for all ages, and other rides suitable for ages six and above, parents can watch over the exciting pursuits from the lakeside scenic restaurant.
The Chipping Norton Lido
Affectionately known as the Chippy Lido, The Chipping Norton Lido is run by local residents and a fantastic location for families looking to enjoy a sunny afternoon.
Offering a 25-metre pool, toddlers’ paddling pool, café and expansive tree lined lawn, visitors can pack a picnic for a great summer’s outing.
Splash pool at Abbey Park in Evesham
Connected to Evesham Abbey, Abbey Park is a stunning space offering lots of outdoor entertainment for little ones.
Families can splash in the lily pool, as well as walk the manicured grounds, enjoy the ice cream parlour and boat trips along the river.
Brean Splash Waterpark
Located a short drive away in Somerset, Brean Splash Waterpark offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, including baby pool, indoor and outdoor splash zones, 25-metre pool and six slides!
The family-owned business has also added additional lanes and family sessions, so visitors can enjoy added daytime and evening swimming.
Splash pool at Gheluvelt Park in Worcester
Providing entertainment all summer long, Gheluvelt Park is a huge splash pad that offers a great way to beat the heat.
Children can climb across the rock features amongst the jungle of sprayers, whilst also taking advantage of the park’s drier activities, including outdoor table tennis, gym facilities, café and tennis courts.
Clevedon Marine Lake
Another destination down the M5, Clevedon Marine Lake is a tidal pool on the Somerset coast. Offering a unique and scenic experience, suitable for swimmers of all ages, with shallow areas around the edges.
With no need to book in advance, the marine lake is open almost every day of the year and often attracts winter swimmers. What’s more, the lake is completely free to use!
Water Adventure Play Park in Weston-Super-Mare
Offering a fantastic splash zone for a sunny day, the Water Adventure Play Park has everything from pressure pads and sprinklers to water jets and wooden play areas.
The park is close to the beach and complete with an independently run café, where parents can enjoy a coffee and a sweet treat in the sunshine.