Splash Pads, Outdoor Pools & Water Play in the North East
We’ve rounded up some popular recommendations for water play in the North East, with splash pads, outdoor swimming pools, the best family-friendly indoor pools and more – along with a handy map to help plan your days out, and an A-Z of useful info and links below.
Details are subject to change and some facilities may be unavailable at short notice – particularly outdoor areas in poor weather conditions. Please check the latest updates and booking requirements directly with providers before travelling to avoid disappointment.
The Alnwick Garden 📌 Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU 👉 From £14.50 adult day ticket / £20.95 annual pass (kids 0-16 years FREE). Book here. 💦 Landscaped gardens with interactive water features in the Serpent Garden, and the stunning Grand Cascade fountains. Adventure Golf and Treehouse Restaurant also available to book separately (rope bridges and woodland walk closed until further notice). 📆 Open daily.
Haltwhistle Outdoor Swimming Pool 📌 Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre, Northumberland, NE49 9DP 👉 From £8pp (pay once for all day access). No booking required, check updates and public swim timetables here. 💦 3 heated open air swimming pools (paddler pool, learner pool and big pool), with giant flume slide and pop-up inflatable obstacle course. Outdoor adventure play area included in entry, plus indoors soft play available. 📆 Open April-Sep.
Haven Point Indoor Swimming Pool 📌 Pier Parade, South Shields, NE33 2JS 👉 From £1.25-£5.75pp. View pool timetables here. 💦 3 indoor swimming pools and twisty flume slides. As well as a main pool and learner pool, the Leisure Waters section has slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play perfect for younger children. 📆 Open daily (during school holidays, times may be limited to 1 hour slots).
Riverside Park Splash Pad 📌 Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH3 3PL 👉 Free, no booking required. Check for updates with Friends of Riverside Park or Durham County Council. 💦 Outdoor splash pad and playground. 📆 Opening Times 2022: Week 1-2(w/c 23rd May) Sat 28th May & Sun 29th May, 10am-5pm. Half Term (w/c 30th May) Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm & Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm. Weeks 3-6(w/c 6th-27th June) Mondays & Fridays, 11am-3pm. Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm (closed Tues-Thurs). Weeks 7-16(4th July-11th Sep) Mon – Sun, 10am-6pm.
Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool 📌 Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL13 2LU 👉 From £3.75pp for 2h slot. Book here. 💦 2 heated open air pools, main pool with springboard and kid’s pool with small slide. 📆 Open 29th May 2022 – mid Sep.
Waves Indoor Swimming Pool 📌 The Links, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1TQ 👉 From £1.25-£5.75pp. View pool timetables here. 💦 Main pool and small pool, plus slides, wave machine and aquatic play area for younger children with pirate ship, mini slides and water play. Also compact soft play on site. 📆 Open daily.
Whitley Bay Water Park 📌 The Links, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1TQ 👉 Free, no booking required. 💦 Splash pad and playground, just a few minutes walk from the beach. 📆 Announcement on 18th May 2022 advised the water park is temporarily closed for maintenance, look out for updates here.
There’s plenty on Gateshead Mumbler to help keep little ones (and big ones!) busy, check here for more ideas and info for playgroups, classes and fun days out from tots to teens!