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The best waterparks in and around Derbyshire to cool off in the hot weather

It is the time of year when people are looking for a fun way to cool off.

Luckily, there are plenty of places in Derbyshire and its surrounding areas where you can keep the heat at bay whilst having a great day out with the family.

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Chaddesden water play

Maine Dr, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6LA

The kids can make a splash in the water play area at Chaddesden Park. It is open on weekends between 12pm to 5pm from the end of May until the beginning of September, including everyday during the summer holidays.

The splashpad facility at Chaddesden Park in Derby
The splashpad facility at Chaddesden Park in Derby

Marketaton Park paddling pool

Marketaton Ln, Derby DE22 4AA

Part of the Mundy Play Centre, the paddling pool at Markeaton Park is a brilliant free way for children to have a great time and keep cool.

It has three fountains, so make sure to bring a towel and a picnic. Your family’s safety is also ensured as the area is supervised by trained Derby City Council staff.

It is open from the end of May until the beginning of September from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Markeaton Park's popular paddling pool won't be open this weekend
Marketaton Park’s popular paddling pool will be open every day during the summer season until Sunday, September 8

Moorways Sporting Village

Moor Ln, Allenton, Derby DE24 9HY

Moorways Sporting Village is a brand new top of the range sporting complex. It offers a wide range of activities, whether you are an elite athlete or just looking for something the family would enjoy.

On site is an olympic sized swimming pool, as well as a smaller pool for the little ones. The facility also has three flumes and slides in the leisure pool, as well as a Wow Ball to create waves.

morways pool
Moorways is a fantastic day out.

Leicester Leys Leisure Center

25 Beaumont Way, Leicester LE4 1DS (40 mins from Derby)

It may have seen better days, but Leicester Leys Leisure Center still has a lot going for it, including a brilliant wave pool, a nice warm children’s pool and a tremendous shallow splash pool make it an attractive place for families.

Add in a popular little slide and two flumes (only open at weekends) and you’ve got a decent venue. It’s also quite cheap when compared with other places, with the price of a swim starting at £3.40.

Leicester Leys Leisure Center
Leicester Leys Leisure Center

Water Meadows

Titchfield Park, Bath St, Mansfield NG18 1BA

Water Meadows in Mansfield was named the water leisure venue of the year for 2018/19 though, and does look rather good.

It has plenty to offer, including two flumes, a wave machine and a pirate fun pool.

It’s very reasonable too, with an adult ticket for the pirate pool starting at £7.50, juniors £5.80, and juniors going for free.

Water Meadows swimming complex in Mansfield
Water Meadows swimming complex in Mansfield

water world

Festival Park, Festival Way, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5PU (50 mins from Derby)

Up there with the UK’s best water parks is Waterworld in North Staffordshire. Like other venues in this list, there’s a wide variety of impressive rides, including the Space Bowl and Super Flume.

There’s also a range of medium flumes and toddler slides, as well as racing slides for competitive types.

A peak time family ticket cost £20 per person, a child ticket £18, and a platinum family of four ticket £17.50.

Waterworld in Stoke is just 50 minutes from Derby

Alton Towers Water Park

Alton, ST10 4DB (50 mins from Derby)

Packed with flumes, including a “water coaster” with a view of the entire park, Alton Towers Water Park is probably one of the best in the UK.

It has so much to offer, including water play areas and smaller slides. There’s even an outdoor pool where you can watch the steam rise on a cold day.

Click here to buy tickets. They can be bought online from £16.50.

The water park at Alton Towers
The water park at Alton Towers

The Wave

Coventry, 65 mins from Derby

A new addition to the midlands, The Wave is already a hugely popular attraction.

Boasting nine slides, the £36m development is going to be right in the center of Coventry making it convenient for parking, eating out and other attractions.


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