Wallingford Splash Park #Country Kids

Water and children equals lots of fun. Period. Even if it’s raining.  We were luck enough to have some lovely sunny days this week where we could enjoy Wallingford Splash Park without getting too cold.

Just half an hour away from home is Wallingford, Oxfordshire, which many locals call the poor relation to Henley-on-Thames. But we like this quirky town with its old, misshapen houses and narrow streets and its Riverside Park offering free outdoor Splash Pool and heated swimming pool.


Known locally as Wallingford Splash Park, it’s situated near the river Thames although there are barriers between the Splash Park and the river so you don’t have to worry about little people straying into trouble.

The Splash Park is essentially just that – a series of splash pools with fountains, water jets and giant water sprinklers for anyone to run in & out of and just enjoy the thrill of not knowing when the next water jet will appear and squirt you  in the face!

Wallingford splash park COLLAGE 1

Although it was the Summer holidays, the Splash Park didn’t feel busy – although I’m sure when it gets really hot it could get very busy.

Our day there was warm with patchy sunshine, so the children were in wetsuits [purchased in Aldi, btw, at just £9.99. Bargain! but I digress…]  The water features were on a patterned timer keeping the children on their toes, running section to section!

Although it wasn’t brilliant sunshine the Little Shires managed to enjoy themselves – proves my point about children & water!. They’d run in and out of the fountains, come back to the mat for a quick dry off & cuddle in the towel and then they’d be off again.  The day was full of squeals, lots of laughter and you can imagine in warmer weather the parents running in and out of the fountains too!

Wallingford splash park COLLAGE 2

The Splash Park also has a heated swimming pool, which operates like any other municipal pool, with a lifeguard and where you book a two hour slot.  We didn’t venture in, that would’ve been toooo cold!

The Splash Park has all the basic facilities on site – toilets which are clean and a Kiosk selling food but I only saw Slush Puppies, an ern of hot water for tea & a filter coffee, an ice cream & lolly freezer and plenty of drinks.  So I’d suggest you bring a picnic and top up at the Kiosk with a drink or treat for the kids as necessary.

What’s amazing is that this facility is free; The children spent hours enjoying the water and the unpredictability of the fountains whilst I enjoyed the company of friends, sitting on my picnic blanket giggling at the Little Shires get totally outdone by shooting water jets!

It’s certainly a place we’d revisit often & one I couldn’t imagine the children getting bored of.

I’m linking up with Fiona over at Coombemill.com and her #CountryKids linky. It’s a great place to discover ideas about what to do and where to go for kids who enjoy the outdoors!

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  • LittleOandme

    This looks like great fun. We spend a lot of time at the splash park in Abingdon. My other half works in Wallingford quite a bit so we could visit this on his lunch break 🙂
    Becky x

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Awww looks like fun to do this summer! We have something like this that is near us but its been raining a lot here lately so we need to wait till its sunny again to enjoy it. #countrykids

  • Cathy (MummyTravels)

    How fab for a free day out – water and kids is the perfect combination for fun! #countrykids

  • Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    That looks like great fun and not somewhere I’ve heard of. Top tip on the wetsuits too #countrykids

  • Coombe Mill

    What a great facility you have so close to home that you and the little shires can make the most of over the summer holidays. They look like they’re having a fantastic time running around splashing in the fountains together, I’m sure all the kids are over the moon that they’re allowed to play in these fountains. Your two look like they’re having the time of their lives playing and splashing about together. Thanks for linking up your outdoor fun with me on Country Kids.

  • Christine

    I used to go to Wallingford splash park loads when the kids were little. And I remember going to it when I was a kid too! The one at Abingdon Abbey Meadows is good as well but much busier. #countrykids

  • Sara | mumturnedmom

    This looks brilliant! We’ve been to a few splash parks here, they are such a great place to go on a warm day. As you say, kids and water! #CountryKids

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