With the weather set to change mid-week, there is no better time to take you and your family along to Splash Landings at Alton Towers. We went along for some fun recently and it was a definite hit.
Although the entrance to Alton Towers theme park can get busy especially during the school and bank holidays, the journey to the Splash Landings Waterpark was easy: well sign posted and with ample space it made getting to the venue simple. Parking is free!
We were only visiting for the day but you could make a whole weekend of it and book to stay in the Splash Landings hotel where there are themed rooms, in house dining and access to Alton Towers theme park itself as well as water fun on offer.
We had booked Waterpark tickets in advance as we visited during a bank holiday and anticipated a stampede but the venue manages the entries so it didn’t get over crowded. Once through the barriers, you’re straight into the changing rooms which are separated off in to cubicles. The lockers of varying sizes are central and there are plenty. You will need a 20 pence coin to store your items but rest assured this is reusable so no matter how many times you have to pop to the ‘loo’ or grab a ‘snack’ you won’t have to fiddle around for another 20p. One large locker was enough for four of us. You can take your towels poolside should you choose.
As soon as you enter the water area the temperature soars so you’ll feel like you’re somewhere less land-locked than Staffordshire. Once inside there is plenty to do from splash in the waves, dodge the spray, sail the lagoon, zoom down the slides for younger and older children and even soak up the sun in the outdoor pool.
There are seats and loungers inside and outdoors so if you fancy sitting out you can.
Guards are reassuringly located around the venue to ensure your safety.
When it comes to food, there are some choices. Splash Landings advise that you are not able to take food into the venue, but there is hot food and sandwiches available at a reasonable price as well as snacks, coffees and soft drinks. We opted for some sandwiches and children’s lunch packs which satisfied the hunger we’d built up climbing and splashing all morning. We order early and were glad we did as the food outlets soon got busy over lunch.
The toilets and shower areas are clean and well maintained. They are easily accessible from the pool area itself. If you want a speedy dry, there are human dryers which intrigued the children. There are hairdryers available too.
Although it was a busy day when we went along, it didn’t feel over-crowded and we were able to enjoy the various spaces without having to wait or coming into too close contact with anyone (a pet hate of mine when I’m in a public pool – squirm).
We had great fun at Splash Landings and will be back again. We were able to use our Merlin Annual passes to receive a discount on the entry fee (we’d highly recommend the passes for the money you save throughout the year) but even without the passes, entrance to the venue is really good value for a whole day out. Children under 3 enter for free. There is currently a mid-week toddler and parent offer on so it’s worth checking out if you are planning a visit soon.
For a great day out come rain or shine – check out Alton Towers Splash Landings Waterpark.
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