Splashdown Waterpark provides an amazing day out for either friends or family. An activity park filled with water, Splashdown provides something for everyone – both young and old – including some of the UK’s most exciting flumes and waterslides.
The appropriately named Screamer features a sheer vertical drop for the most adventurous of thrill seekers. The Black Thunder plunges people into complete darkness. People can get themselves into a spin on the Infinity which has funky laser lights and up-tempo jukebox. Alternatively, Splashdown features slower rides such as the Red River Roller, which provides nearly 100 metres of meandering bends to introduce people to waterslides.
There are currently a total of 13 fantastic rides to choose from, for a range of different thrills and experiences. The waterpark is proud of its very own resident Dragon, the Mississippi Drifter offers a fantastic river tyre ride, Velocity offers high speeds, and the Zambezi Drop reaches speeds of over 25mpf through over 50 meters of slide and steep drop.
There is a starter flume for younger children, as well as a shallow splash pool and even somewhere to play on dry land, meaning that there are options for kids who may not be as comfortable around water.
Splashdown is open all year round, with outdoor rides only open during the spring and summer.
Most of the rides require people to be at least 1m tall and confident in water, but at Splashdown there is provision for younger children. At Ricky’s Reef, little ones aged 6 and under can enjoy spotting rays, corals and more beneath the surface of our toddler pool. It features a 3D effect reef liner to capture the imagination.
There are interactive waterplay features, sun terraces, bubble spa and Café, meaning that as a facility, there really is something for everyone, even people who don’t fancy their chances in the water. It should be noted that some of the facilities are seasonal.
Located on the outskirts of both Poole and nearby Bournemouth, Splashdown is designed as an action water park – as a result there is no pool for actual swimming. The rides and entertainment are designed around having a laugh with friends or family and taking home some great memories. For swimming as a form of exercise, other facilities are available in the wider Bournemouth area.
Some rides are seasonal, with all rides tending to open from the Easter holidays until the end of October half-term, but the full (and current) park opening times and ride schedules do vary from week to week, so people are advised to double check on the website before travelling. The venue is also popular for parties and private functions.
There is free parking and easy access from all routes, most notably via the A3049 Ringwood Road. It is located at Tower Park, with plenty of parking, alongside other shops, Tesco and various car dealerships. Splashdown is open all year round though days and times do vary depending on season.