Splashdown Water Park in Poole offers 13 inside/outside flume rides and 3 splash zones for kids up to 6, 7, and 8 years old, along with a Café. The water park is located on Tower Park Leisure Complex, just off Dorset Way.
Several different types of slides are available, including two seasonal slides, tyre rides, slides with lights and sound effects, and black hole rides through the darkness. Parents can check out the ‘Slide Guide’ on the Splashdown website to check the severity of each slide, which ranges from easy, to medium and severe. Two easy slides are available, one of which features twists and turns with thunder and lightning in the darkness. The other easy slide, Red River Roller, is the perfect starter flume with 91-metres of slower twists and turns. All slides are single rider, so kids won’t be able to sit in their parent’s lap.
Medium-severity rides include a pitch-black twisting flume, a group tyre ride that twists through smaller slides are whirlpools, a 91-metre race, and a slide that features bends and twists with a final drop into the main pool. The most severe slides feature a 30-foot drop, a 5-second ride down 40 meters worth of slide, a 25-mph ride, and an 8-metre drop through the darkness. If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you can also hang out in the Captain’s Cove Jacuzzi, or rest on a lounger that is located in on a terrace in the sunshine. Outside food or drink is not allowed inside the park, so be sure to stop by the Splash Café for lite bites, snacks, hot & cold drinks, and meal deals during your visit.
Three separate splash areas are available for kids: Ricky’s Reef, Buccaneer Splash, and Buccaneer Beach. Ricky’s Reef is best for toddlers and kids aged 6 years or under, with corals, rays, and other creatures swimming under a 3D effect reel liner. Buccaneer Splash is offered for kids up to 7 years old, complete with water cannons, an interactive area, and a beginner water flume. Older kids (up to 8 years old) will have the best time at the Buccaneer Beach splash pool overlooking the Grand Canyon.
Currently, the park is closed for the time being due to government guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Normal opening and closing times for the park vary according to the day of week and time of year. The park tends to open from 9-10 am, or as late at 2 pm on some Fridays. Closing times fall around 5 or 6 pm in April, May, and June, before extending to 7pm to 9pm from July onward. A complete calendar for each date in every month is available on the park’s website. The original opening date for seasonal rides this year is April 3rd, 2020 and those rides close on November 2nd.
Ticket prices vary according to the visiting time, with cheaper prices being offered in the offseason (February 25th – April 2nd) and higher prices during the Easter peak, which occurs from April 3rd to April 20th. It is highly recommended to buy your tickets in advance when possible. In the off-season, all day flume prices are £12.50 per head, kids under 5 get in for £7, seniors (over 60) can get in for £9, and it costs £5 for spectators. During Easter peak, ticket prices are higher and hours are more limited. Lockers can be rented for £1 and parking is free, but it may be difficult to find a spot during the most popular time slots. If your child has a birthday coming up, you should know that the park also hosts kids’ birthday parties from £15.50 and up.