When the sun shines, kids can’t wait to cool down! If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a paddle or a splash with the kids, here are some great splash parks, paddling pools and even water fountains you can find in BCP!
Bournemouth Pier Approach Water Fountains
Bournemouth Pier Approach, BH2 5AA.
Open Daily around May – September.
The sprinklers at Bournemouth Pier Approach are a very popular since they have been build back in 2015 and with the beach so close by the sprinklers make for a fun time running in and out of them to cool down!
Public Toilets with baby changing facilities can be found at the entrance of Bournemouth Pier and of course there is the beach to head to for some more sand and water fun! The Bournemouth seafront has plenty of restaurants and kiosks to offer for food and refreshments.
There are plenty of Pay & Display car parks nearby.
For more information call Bournemouth Tourism on 01202 451734.
Boscombe Chine Gardens Water Park
Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH5 1BL.
The water park at Boscombe Chine Gardens is inside a small fully enclosed play park and has some great water play features like channels, pumps and dams.
The enclosed play park has lots of equipment including a nest swing and see-saw and a ball court. Public toilets with baby changing are nearby as well as the Squirrel Cafe and a mini golf course, some beautiful gardens with plenty of green spaces for a picnic. Near Boscombe Pier are plenty of Cafe’s and Restaurants serving food to eat in or take away.
There is some free street parking available nearby as well as the Pay & Display car park at the clifftop entrance of Manor Road.
Redhill Park Paddling Pool
Redhill Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2SW.
The paddling pool in Redhill Park is in an enclosed area with shallow water and is very popular over the summer month.
Public toilets can be found nearby and there is the Fox Cafe directly next to the pool selling refreshments, snacks and ice cream. Next to the paddling pool is also a large playground with climbing frame, swings, seesaw, a ball court as well as a small skate zone, a bowling green and lots of open play space.
There is free parking on the side roads nearby.
For more information, please call Bournemouth Council on 01202 123123.
Christchurch Quomps Splash Park
Christchurch Quay, BH23 1BY.
Open Daily, April – October till 7pm
The enclosed Quomps Splash Park has a large shallow paddling pool area as well as some fantastic interactive features like water jets and sprays, channels and a water play pump, all on very save rubber flooring.
There are public toilets with baby changing facility nearby as well as a cafe and just walking distance away you will find some more restaurants whilst heading into town. Right next to the river is also a fun play area which has a great range of play equipment (swings, pirate ship with slides, etc…) and plenty of green surrounding it.
There are several Pay & Display car parks alongside the Quay.
For more information please call Christchurch Town Council on 01202 795000.
Upton Country Park Summer Splash Fountains
Poole Road, Poole, BH17 7BJ.
Open Daily (depending on the weather) May-September.
There are some splash fountains within the Walled Garden of Upton Country Park. The Fountains are on daily when the weather is nice from 11am-1pm and from 2pm-4pm.
There are plenty of Public toilets and baby change facilities nearby. There is a Cafe as well as a kiosk selling refreshments & of course some ice cream!
Upton Country Park has a lot to offer from lovely short and long walks as well as some fantastic play areas for all ages.
Parking charges apply at the Upton Country Car Park.
For more information, please call Upton Country Park on 01202 262753.
Littledown Paddling Pool
Castle Lane East, Chaseside, BH7 7DX.
The paddling pool in Littledown Park is a great size and is set within a large enclosed play park.
There are public toilets with baby changing facilities nearby.
You can also find a kiosk who is selling refreshments and a cafe inside The Littledown Center.
Within the enclosed play area next to the paddling pool there are also climbing frames and swings and outside the enclosed area, there is a zip line, a climbing frame as well as a roundabout and swings.
Within the Parkland there is also a pond (where you will always be greeted by some ducks) and a large area which is the perfect spot to bring a picnic and relax. There is a mile long circuit some outside fitness stations and even a miniature railway run by The Bournemouth & District Society of Model Engineers which runs on Wednesdays and Sundays.
There is free parking at The Littledown Center (for up to 3 hours.)
For more information please call BH Live Littledown Centre on 01202 417600.
Hamworthy Park Paddling Pool
Lulworth Avenue, Hamworthy, BH15 4DQ.
Open Daily May – September.
This rather large and shallow paddling pool is perfect for children of any ages and is suitated inside a fenced area and a play park.
Public toilets available (including disabled) as well as a park cafe.
The green area and large play park is right by the water’s edge and great for a lovely walk alongside the beach huts.
There is a small Pay & Display car park in Lulworth Avenue BH15 4DJ (42 spaces) at the park entrance, but it gets very busy in summer.
For further information please call Poole Council on 01202 265265. You can also keep up to date with events happening in the park on the Friends of Hamworthy Park Facebook Page.
BCP Attractions with Water Play (paid entry)
Farmer Palmers Water Play Area
Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, BH16 6EU.
Fabulous outside interactive waterplay fun. Let the children pump the water and watch it flow. There are also interactive buttons which will have them screaming with delight as they press and run into the shower to follow.
Farmer Palmers is an award winning and much loved Attraction in Dorset which is very popular for local families. It is a brilliant fun day out with tractor trailer rides, bouncy castles, play barns, indoor soft play, outdoor obstacle curse, pedal go cards and tractors, a world of dinosaur trail and a full packed daily activity timetables which includes deer feeding experiences.
Parking is free at Farmer Palmers but normal admission applies for entry to Farmer Palmers.
For further information please call Farmer Palmers on 01202 622022.
Which one is your favourite Splash Park/Paddling Pool in BCP? Have we missed one? Do let us know and we will add it to the list!