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Splash Parks in Dorset

Looking for somewhere to take the kids over the summer? When the sun is shining, there's no better place to cool off than a local splash park or pad, and there's plenty of those dotted around Dorset! Here are the best Splash Parks and Splash Pads here in and around Dorset.

Whether you and the little ones are looking to spend a whole day in the water or fancy a quick dip on a warm day, we've rounded up Poole, Bournemouth & Christchurch's best splash parks and playgrounds. Dive right in!



Splashdown Waterpark Poole

Splashdown Waterpark

Address: Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NY

About: Splashdown Poole is the town’s premier waterpark boasting adrenaline-surging slides, inflatables, splash areas, sun terraces, swimming pool and more. Located in Poole, Splashdown has 13 slides to try, each requiring varying degrees of bravery and tailored to different ages and group sizes. From speeds boating excessive slides in pitch black darkness to family-friendly flumes, there is something for everyone at this fantastic Poole waterpark.

Best Feature: Infinity Slide - High-speed plughole drop, laser lights, music, what’s not to like!

Opening/Closing Times: 9am - 9pm

Price: Starting at £14.50 for 2-hour session.

Telephone: 01202 716000

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Christchurch Quay Splash Park

Christchurch Quay Splash Park

Address: Christchurch Quay, BH23 1BU

About: Located in the scenic surroundings of the nearby Christchurch Quay this secluded splash park is a great place for the kids to enjoy cooling off in a safe environment near Poole. With a shallow paddling poole, water jets and sprays, water play pump and various water channels to play in, this local splash park is a popular family location throughout the summer holidays. Operated by BCP Council, the par is free to enter.

Best Feature: Massive pirate ship anchor in centre of splashpark.

Price: Free

Telephone: 01202 495000

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Hamworthy Park

Hamworthy Park

Address: Lulworth Ave, Hamworthy, Poole BH15 4DH

About: Featuring a large shallow paddling pool and play park, Hamworthy Park is situated on the water’s edge offering stunning views of the beach. The park is fenced off making it ideal for kids, with parents able to grab a drink and relax at the nearby Park Café. Once finished at the splash park take a stroll along the seafront and check out the eye-catching beach huts.

Best Feature: Seafront view

Parking: Option of free street parking or pay and display car park.

Price: Free

Telephone: 01202 265265

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Boscombe Chine Gardens

Boscombe Chine Gardens

Address: Boscombe Chine Gardens, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 1BL

About: Another Christchurch water park, Boscombe Chine Gardens is smaller than the splash park at Christchurch Quay but is still a fantastic place for kids to enjoy splashing around in the water. A short drive from Poole, this splash pad is packed with a variety of channels, fams, sluices, and water pumps for children to interact with. There is an also an enclosed play area for kids to dry off playing on when they are finished in the water.

Best Feature: Water pumps

Parking: Pay and display car park on the Boscombe Pier approach.

Price: Free

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Upton Country Park Poole

Upton Country Park

Address: Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ

About: Inside the beautiful Walled Garden of Upton Country Park, you will find splash fountains that are perfect for the kids to run in and out of as they enjoy splashing around and cooling off in the water on a hot summers day. The fountains are turned on from 11am to 5pm with a one hour break between 1pm and 2pm. Enjoy a day exploring Poole’s Upton Country Park with the family and let the kids have fun interacting with their thrilling splash fountains.

Best Feature: Splash fountains

Parking: Payable on-site parking

Price: Free

Telephone: 01202 262753

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Bournemouth Pier Approach

Bournemouth Pier Approach

Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA

About: If you’re heading out of Poole on a trip to nearby Bournemouth for a day in the sun then the sprinklers at Pier Approach are well worth a visit with the kids. Located directly next to the beach, children love running in and out of the sprinklers as they splash around in the water jets. Extend your stay in Bournemouth by heading up onto the pier or down onto the beach for more fun once you’ve finished.

Best Feature: Sprinklers

Parking: Several pay and display car parks nearby.

Price: Free

Telephone: 01202 451734

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Brewery Square Dorchester

Address: Brewery Square, 21 Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QR

About: Brewery Square is a wonderful place to visit in Dorset with a number of eateries, shops and all year round family friendly events taking places. In the middle of the Square is a set of water fountains which children enjoy splashing about in and cooling off on a hot day.

Price: FREE. 

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Greenhill Gardens Weymouth

Address: Greenhill Gardens, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7TH

About: A great shallow paddling pool and sandpit that are set within a fenced area near to Weymouth beach. Greenhill Gardens also has tennis courts and a putting green.  

Best Feature: Musical entertainment on Sunday's May-Sept.

Parking: Pay and display car park.

Price: Free

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Hamworthy Park Poole

Hamworthy Park

Hamworthy Park and Beach has it all; a gorgeous beach with promenade and views and a massive play area.

Lulworth Ave, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DH

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