Summer is fast approaching and Brits are already starting to take advantage of the warmer weather by wearing shorts and busting out their sunglasses. The UK is well known for its unpredictable weather, but at least there’s always something to do.
With that in mind, it’s time to rummage through your closet for your bikini or boxer shorts, or maybe a wetsuit for now, so you can splash out in the sun. As pleasant as lounging in the heat, it’s even more pleasant to paddle, splash around and swim to cool off.
So why not take the plunge and try wild swimming, or visit an outdoor pool? Seasoned swimmers say it’s liberating and a bit more exciting than a local recreation center.
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We’ve compiled a list of some of the best water parks in Berkshire to visit to get you in the holiday mood. From obstacle courses in open water to a peaceful backstroke in a lake, below you’ll find a selection of places where you can cool off in hot weather.
Location: Caversham Lakes, Henley Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 9RA
Caversham Lakes has something for everyone, whether it’s open water swimming, stand up paddle boarding, water park, family beach, nature trails or just relaxing in a friendly open space.
If you fancy trying open water swimming, there are three marked swimming courses across the lake. However, you must book online before you go and you must wear a brightly colored swimming cap.
Location: Lagoona Park, Pingewood Road South, Pingewood, Reading, RG30 3UH
Lagoona Park offers an abundance of fun activities, from paddle boarding to water bikes to the thrilling water park. This one is sure to entertain kids and adults alike.
The park also has a sandy beach and a more relaxing swimming area if you just want to go paddle boarding. Even better, a Bar and Grill is on site, perfect for feeding the family.
Liquid Leisure Windsor
Location: Horton Road, Datchet, Windsor, SL3 9HY
Billed as the ‘world’s number one watersports and activity’, Liquid Leisure is home to Europe’s largest water park and the first official Ninja Warrior UK water park, located on one of the finest private freshwater lakes in the middle of a beautiful park in the heart of Berkshire.
With options like wakeboarding, floating obstacle courses and water activities, plus live sports and entertainment at the bar, there’s something for everyone.
Location: Monkey Island Lane, Windsor Road, Bray, Windsor, SL6 2EB
Windsurfing, Motorboating and Sailing – Bray Lake offers lots of fun activities to try with the kids to cool off in the hot weather. Established in 1979, the watersports center has a watersports shop and cafe if you need a drink or gear.
Whatever your age, the center offers another way to spend your free time – and it’s also a great way to keep in shape. The scenic 50-acre lake offers opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing, or dinghy sailing, which is available for rental.