Are you dreaming of another glorious hot summer like last year? So are we! Although good old English weather is often unpredictable, we can’t resist the urge to get out and make the most of the summer months. Here are our picks for best places to take your children in the summer near our home base in South West London.
1. Dukes Meadows Chiswick
Chiswick’s hidden gem Dukes Meadow Park is a brilliant place for youngsters all year around but especially recommended for little ones in the summer. They open the paddling pool from Easter to September which is perfect for splashing around for young swimmers to be. The adventure playground is suitable for older children and the actual meadow next to the park is great for ball games and picnics. Make sure to visit the Food Market if you happen to be there on Sunday.
Dukes Meadows Park, Chiswick, London W4 2TL
2. Liquid leisure in Shepperton and Windsor
Liquid Leisure is simply a giant adventure playground on water with a variety of slides and obstacles. Kids love falling into water and going back up. There is a little beach to hang out after your session which is blissful on a beautiful sunny day. The Windsor venue offers wicked Ninja Warrior course and wake boarding sessions for thrill seekers.
Liquid Leisure Windsor, Horton Rd, Datchet, Slough SL3 9HY
Liquid Leisure Surrey, New Road, Shepperton, TW17 0QQ
3. Wimbledon Park
Another family friendly place that will make your toddlers jump with joy. Wimbledon Sprinkler Park has multiple paddling pools, interactive splash pad and a sprinkler pad. Your little darlings will have a whale of a time running through the water features. Don’t forget to bring a towel or two!
4. Bishop park
Bishop park is a unique Grade II listed park with an urban beach and the water play area which will reopen in summer of 2019. They also have multiple play areas, a sculpture garden, a skate bowl, table tennis tables and basketball net.
Bishops Park, Bishop’s Ave, Fulham, London SW6 6EA
5. Thames Young Mariners in Ham
It’s a well-hidden but an extremely popular spot among children in Twickenham and Richmond. Some schools organise team activities through Thames Young Mariners and children can’t get enough of it. They offer a variety of water-sports, including kayaking and paddle boarding on a peaceful part of River Thames. On a hot and sunny day, it makes you feel like you are on holiday in a tropical place. Please note that you need to book your activities in advance and some activities have a minimum age requirement of 8 years old.
Thames Young Mariners Outdoor Education Centre, Riverside Drive, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7RX
Have you guessed the common theme here? They are all “water-based” fun places. Some of these places are not suitable for children who lack confidence in the water. At Sports Generation, we are passionate about swimming and our highly experienced coaches provide safe, productive sessions, developing strong, skilled and happy swimmers. It’s amazing how quickly children progress with a few swimming lessons if taught correctly.