On a rainy day in January we headed to Water World aqua park in Stoke-on-Trent for a family day out. More than just a swimming pool, this water park has rides, shoots, slides, rapids and toddler park so a great adventure for families of all ages.
Getting to Water World
Water World is located off Junction 15 or 16 off the M6 and is easy enough to find. It is set in an industrial estate so there’s no worry about inner city parking. It costs £3 to park which as we didn’t have any cash on us, you can get cash out from Water World and pay at the end of the session. There was lots of parking and as it was raining it was a quick dash to the entrance.
We got to Water World as it opened at 10am, however, so did everyone else! But the queue was quick and as it is so big, there was no overcrowding. There is a well-stocked shop in the entrance too which was useful as we needed to buy arm bands and swim nappies.
The entrance price is £12.49 per person over 1.1 metre tall. I thought this was quite expensive – there is a family ticket of £44.50 for 4. So I hunted around on the internet until I found a £7.99 per person voucher. It looks like Water World have a new website launched in the last few weeks and I can’t find this now, but I think it is worth keeping in mind to keep a look out for them.
However, after being there, it was such a good day out that I would consider paying full price again for a special treat.
Rides and Flumes
There is a large mixed sex family changing room with lots of lockers. And then you are through to the pool. Trying to calm the children down as we entered took a lot of strength! But it does look awesome. The rides are colourful and attractive so very exciting to work out what you are going to try first.
There are lots of water sprays and fountains and a good-sized pool with shallow beach area for the younger children to play in. Plus, a toddler area with slides, mini-flumes and tunnels. This was ideal for my 2-year-old niece who loved spending time here.
My 3-year-old is quite tall, so we did take her on a few of the bigger flumes, which looking back isn’t such a good idea! There is a ride called the Nucleus with rubber rings. I thought she would be able to sit on my lap (which she can do on a few others) but she had to go on her own and I think I should have taken her back down the stairs instead of letting her go! But either way you lose – screaming child wanting to go on the ride v white faced child after the ride! Seriously, she’s ok though.
My 7-year-old loved all the big flumes including the Space Bowl where you whizz around a big bowl before dropping in a plunge pool; the rapids; and the Black Hole.
There are jacuzzi pools too for those looking for a more relaxed day.
We spend about 2 hours in the pool and this was a good amount of time to enjoy the rides. It was starting to get very busy when we left so I would recommend an early start.
There is a café by the poolside and a Subway shop in the entrance so you can grab a bite to eat.
This was a great day out and the kids are desperate to go back. And I really enjoyed being able to spend time with them where they could go crazy and wear themselves out!
Please note images are courtesy of Water World as you are unable to take photos in the pool.