Friday, 3 August 2018

Outside Swimming and Splashparks near Northampton

Northampton has loads of country parks and outside spaces for the kids to get rid of some energy and be in the fresh air.  Northampton does not have many outdoor swimming pools or splash parks and considering we are pretty much as far away the sea as possible this can be annoying in the height of summer.

Over the last few weeks I have been researching places to go.  I couldn't find any in Northampton but most are not far.  

Splash park at the Embankment Wellingborough

Children's water play next to the River Nene at The Embankment, Wellingborough NN8 1LD. Completely free!  Currently open every day 12pm to 6.30pm.  Toilets, small play area, picnic tables and regular ice cream van make this a great day out.  Sometimes there is a mini fair next door and you can see canal boats drift by and lots of swans. Approx 20 minute drive from Northampton.

Wellingborough splashpark 

Wellingborough splashpark 

Wellingborough Splash Park

Woburn Lido

The Swimming Pool is approx. 22m x 8m and is heated! It costs £7 per adult and £4.50 per child under 3's are FREE.  You can purchase a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £20. It is cash only so please remember to get some on your way and run by voluteers. There is parking available at the Lido but if this is full you can use the car park at the village hall or behind the Woburn Hotel and walk the short distance.  You can call 01525 290611 to confirm opening times or check their Facebook page which is updated regularly. The address is Woburn Lido, Crawley Road, Woburn, MK17 9QG.It is approximately 30 miles from Northampton. Please check online for opening times as currently operating a new timetable due to heatwave!
Woburn Lido
Picture from Woburn Lido Website
Eversholt Swimming Pool

Lovely village location outdoor pool.  Open dailt 1pm to 7pm and operates 3 swim sessions. 1.15-3.00, 3.15-5.00, 5.15-7.00.  Sessions can be booked by phone or in person from 11.30am. on the day itself. £5 per adult and £4 per child spectators are free.  Children’s playground and playing fields next week. Snacks, hot drinks and cold drinks are available onsite. Changing room facilities with hot showers.  Run by volunteers.  Call  01525 280515. Postcode MK17 9DT.  Approximately 30 miles from Northampton.

Eversholt Swimming Pool

Willen Lake open water swimming & splash park

You can book an open water sessions for a new experience. (Updated covid open Saturday/Sunday mornings & Tuesday/Thursday evening - no changing facilities open) £6 per session or 10 for £55. Water temp was 22.2 Celsius 20th August a leisure pool is between 26 & 28 so prepare to be a little chilly!
Willen Lake is also home to Splash 'n' Play with 60 features and £5 per 45 minute session. (updated covid open from 18th July reduced capacity all tickets must be booked online, only 1 adult per child, no changing facilities available).

Olney Swimming Steps (all summer long) 

The River Ouse runs through Olney and the swimming steps are popular with locals to take a paddle/dip.  Signs do state no swimming so please take care.

Rutland Water Beach

Rutland water is open all year round but the beach is open 30th June 2018 to 2nd September 2018.  
The bathing area is currently open 10am to 6pm.  The Beach at Sykes Lane, (post code LE15 8QL) can get very busy but does have overflow car parks and they ask you have your money ready to ease the flow of traffic. Entry is £10.00 per car before 3pm, £5.00 per car after 3pm. 
PLEASE NOTE - The beach will be closed until 2pm on Wednesday 8th August 2018 for a fresh sand delivery.  Approx 40 miles from Northampton and 1 hour journey.

Bosworth Water Park
Water swimming, pirate adventure playground, crazy golf (£3 per person, £10 family of four), pedalos, row boats and canoes (£15 per half hour) and fishing.  Payment to the park is per vehicle and on an hourly basis.  It also depends on time of year for August it is £2.50 per hour midweek and £3 per hour weekend.  Camping is also available and they have some lakeside lodges.  Postcode CV13 6PD Approx 45 miles from Northampton 1 hour 15 mins.

Go and have some watery fun!!!  If there's anywhere you would recommend let me know.
Emma xxx

All details per August 2018. 

**I have been to the Embankment and my children had a great time and a brilliant value day out.  My son went to Bosworth on a school trip and loved it but I have not been myself.  Olney is wonderful but please be respectful of parking & take ALL your rubbish with you.  The other venues are just ones I have researched but not visited**


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