Now open weekends and daily for the school holidays!
The Aquapark is now open again for summer, where you can climb, slide and make a splash on their floating inflatables and tackle the course that features climbing walls, slides, runways and a giant blast bag! New for 2023 is a huge sky rocket and a trampoline.
There are also Kayaks, Paddle Boards and Canoes to hire.
The natural lake pool also offers the opportunity for swimmers to brave the elements and enjoy swimming in a safe outdoor environment.
For those who prefer to stay dry, you can challenge yourself to reach new heights on the 14-metre-high climbing wall. There are plenty of aerial challenges and obstacle courses for you to complete off the ground. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can find your thrills at an axe-throwing or archery session.
Old Thorne Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6EQ (around 15 minutes drive from Doncaster)
Padley Gorge is located in the Peak District, near NT Longshaw Estate (we parked there and walked through it to get to Padley Gorge). It was full of families paddling, with plenty of space to put a blanket down and have a picnic there too.
The kids loved climbing over the rocks in the water – we were there for ages and there was an ice cream van too. Longshaw was a nice place to have a family walk and there was a cafe and toilets aswell.
Longshaw, near Sheffield, Derbyshire, S11 7TZ (around a 50 minute drive from Doncaster)
We’ve been here a few times and it’s a great splash park for the kids. In the summer months it opens from 11am- 5pm daily and no booking is required although they ask that you limit your time to 1 hour if people are queuing. Under 5s go free at Normanby Hall but but admission prices apply for children over 5 and adults.
Action packed, fun activities for the whole family in Rother Valley Country Park. Play on the inflatable Aqua Park (7 years+), learn to kneeboard, water-ski or wakeboard on the full- size Cable Wake Park.
On the main lake you can also hire electric ships, pedal boats, rowing boats and canoes. Water zorbing is available too!
This exciting sea-themed splash pad offers a wide variety of water features over a 45 metre interactive play zone. With a pirate ship, jet sprays, boulders, splash slide and water table there are hours of free fun to be had!
The Splash Pool operates on a seasonal basis and will be open for daily use between 10am and 6pm from May through to September (weather permitting).
Church Street, Langold, Worksop (around 25 minutes drive from Doncaster)
Admission to the Family Farm at Wentworth Garden Centre includes access to the sand and water play area, complete with a large pirate ship climbing frame. So if you fancy seeing some farm animals and having a splash around then this is a great place to go! There’s also a takeaway café and plenty of outdoor seating, making it a great spot for parents and children alike.
May update: Clifton Splash Water Splash will be open throughout the May half term holidays and weekends from 11am- 5pm. Please check the ‘Rotherham Parks’ facebook page for any updates before travelling.
The Water Splash at Clifton Park, Rotherham is a full acre of water park fun! With fountains, a paddling pool, a whirlpool and over 70 water jets that activate at random, the Water Splash is amazing fun for people of all ages. There is a café close by so if your children are a bit older then you can relax with a cuppa or an ice cream, and watch the kids have a brilliant time!
The Water Splash is normally free of charge, however there is a charge for parking. It’s open weekends and Rotherham school holidays until the end of August 2023 (weather permitting). Clifton Park will also be running their popular TODDLER SPLASH sessions on Tuesdays and some Fridays throughout the summer term for children under 5. Keep an eye on their facebook page (Rotherham Parks) for updates about this. The cost is £3.20 per child entry and runs from 11am- 1:30pm. Wrist bands are usually available from the kiosk from 10:30am.
Clifton Park, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA (around 25 minutes drive from Doncaster)
There’s a lovely trail here following the river with waterfalls, sculptures, stepping stones, picnic areas, a playground and a cafe. There is a small water park with sprinklers and a pool to paddle in, but Rivelin Valley is a popular place to go paddling in the river. It’s very pebbly though so take some water shoes if possible.
Rivelin Park Road, Sheffield, S6 5GE
Open now for the Summer season!
Kings Park in Retford is a great place to visit on a sunny day because it has a splash park to play in and a river for paddling! The Splash park is located next to the children’s playground and is open from May to September. It has water cannons, a pirate ship, jets, hanging buckets plus a sand play area. There’s plenty of space to picnic here too and a kiosk selling drinks and ice creams.
Bentley Park is a fantastic outdoor space, with the borough’s only water play area. We visited in June and the water area is very small but there’s lots of other play equipment in the park to keep children busy. We combined our visit with a trip to Boston & Co cafe (just next to the playground) which was really nice. It had highchairs, a baby changing area, a children’s menu and a small play corner for little ones.