Dorset Splash Parks and Paddling Pools

Dorset has some fantastic water features, splash fountains and outdoor paddling pools which all children love on a hot and sunny day.

Be prepared for lots of wet fun and be sure to pack a cozzy, water nappies, sun cream, towels and plenty of drinks!

EAST DORSET

Bournemouth Pier Approach

The sprinklers at Pier Approach have proved very popular since they opened and with the beach only a stone’s throw away you’ll have a fantastic day of wet fun!

The fountains are traditionally turned on from May to September when the weather is nice.


Facilities and Parking 

There are several pay and display car parks nearby

Public toilets and baby change facilities are at the entrance to Bournemouth Pier

There’s plenty of restaurants, take aways and kiosks nearby or visit Key West Bar and Grill on Bournemouth Pier for a great variety of children’s meals


Please visit the Bournemouth Tourism Website for more information or contact them on 01202 451734.

Boscombe Chine Gardens

The water play feature comprises of a network of channels, dams, sluices and pumps all set within an enclosed small play area.

Location  Boscombe Chine Gardens, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth 


Facilities and Parking

Free Parking on nearby roads or there’s a small pay and display car park near the bottom the hill on Boscombe Pier Approach.

There are public toilets and baby change facilities at the top of the gardens by the totem poles.

There are several eateries and take aways near Boscombe Pier or take a picnic to enjoy in the park.


Please visit the Friends of Boscombe Chine Gardens Website for more information.

Christchurch Quay Splash Park

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Christchurch Quay the enclosed splash park and shallow paddling pool has water jets and sprays, a water play pump, channels and sluices. Next to the splash park is a lovely play park with plenty for the kids to enjoy.

Location  Christchurch Quay, Wick Lane, Christchurch, BH23 1BY


Facilities and Parking

There are several pay and display car parks near the Quay

Public toilet and baby change facilities are nearby

Café and restaurants are on the Quay and in the town which is within walking distance


For further information please visit Christchurch Quay and Splashpark Facebook page.

Hamworthy Park

This large shallow paddling pool and play park is perfect for big and little kids and all within a fenced area with gates. The park is set by the water’s edge and fantastic for a lovely walk alongside the beach huts.

Location Hamworthy Park, Lulworth Avenue, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DH


Facilities and Parking

There’s a small pay and display car park or free parking on nearby side roads

Public toilets are nearby

The Park Café sells light lunches, snacks, drinks and ice creams


For further information please visit the Friends of Hamworthy Park Facebook page.

Parkland at the Littledown Centre

The Parkland at the Littledown Centre has a fantastic paddling pool which is set within a large enclosed play park.

Within the Parkland you will also find the Altitude High Ropes Course, lovely walks and a miniature railway (please note that the train only runs on selected days).  

Location Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX 


Facilities and Parking

Large pay and display car park

Public toilet facilities are nearby

The park kiosk sells snacks, drinks and ice creams or the restaurant inside the sports centre offers a wider selection of food


For further information please visit the Littledown Centre Website or contact them on 01202 417600.

Redhill Park

This is a very popular large paddling pool which is in an enclosed play park. With the pool and a play park next door the kids will definitely be entertained for hours!

Location Redhill Park, Redhill Drive, Bournemouth, BH9 2SW


Facilities and Parking

Free parking on side roads

Public toilet facilities are nearby

There is a Café by the pool selling snacks, drinks and ice creams


For further information please visit Bournemouth Council Website.

Upton Country Park

You'll find the splash fountain within the beautiful walled garden at Upton Country Park. On a sunny day you will be able to hear the screams of happy children all the way from the car park!

Upton Country Park also has lots of lovely walks and play areas making it a great place to play for several hours.

The fountains are turned on from 11am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm from May to September when the weather is nice.  

Location Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ


Facilities and Parking

Parking charges apply however entry to the park is free

Public toilets and baby change facilities are nearby

The is a Café selling light lunches, cake and ice creams within the walled garden and a kiosk selling drinks and ice creams can be found by the house


For further information please visit the Upton Country Park Website or call 01202 262753.

WEST DORSET

Dorchester Brewery Square

Brewery Square is a wonderful place with eateries, shops and year round family friendly events. In the middle of the Square is a set of fountains which children will enjoy running through and cooling down on a hot day.

Location Brewery Square, 21 Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QR 


Facilities and Parking

There are several pay and display car parks nearby

Public toilets and baby change facilities are nearby

There are plenty of eateries in Brewery Square including Pizza Express, Nandos, Wagamama, The Deli Kitchen and Creams


For more information please visit the Brewery Square Website.

Dorchester Borough Gardens

Jets of water jump out the ground ready for the children to run through plus there’s an enclosed play park in the gardens.

Location Borough Gardens, West Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RU 


Facilities and Parking

Public pay and display car parks are all within easy walking distance

Public toilets are found within the gardens near the Kiosk

The Kiosk nearby sells light snacks and drinks


Please visit the Dorchester Town Council Website for more information including a children’s guide on how to use the garden sundial.

DORSET ATTRACTIONS WITH FUN WATER PLAY

Abbotsbury Children's Farm

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm have a fun waterplay zone with buckets and tables which the children will love. There’s also lots of lovely farm animals to see and play areas to enjoy.

Address Abbotsbury Children’s Farm, New Barn Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JJ  

For more information please visit the Website or check out the Dorsetmums Blog post here.

The Dorset Waterpark

The Dorset Waterpark is spread over two beautiful lakes overlooking Corfe Castle. The course includes slides, a trampoline, gladiator rings, jumps, balance beams and lots more. 

Address Studland Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5JG

For further information and booking details please visit the Website.

Farmer Palmers Farm Park

Farmer Palmers have an interactive water play fun where the children can pump the water and watch it flow. Keep an eye out for the buttons which shoot out a shower of water!

Farmer Palmers is one of Dorset’s best Attractions and much loved by many local families. Other than the water feature you will find fantastic play barns, ride on tractors, bouncy castles, indoor soft play, bumpy tractor trailer rides, a woodland walk and a daily activity table which includes bottle feeding the goats and pig racing! 

Address Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU

For further information please visit the Farmer Palmers Website.

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park

The Splash Zone at the Weymouth Sealife Centre is fantastic and suitable for children of all ages with water fountains and jets plus a paddling pool and slide.

There’s plenty more to do for the day including the many Sealife zones with sharks, turtles, otters and penguins plus they have the brand new Caribbean Cove play area.

Address Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX  

For further information and booking details please visit the Website.


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Dorset Splash Parks and Paddling Pools