Prudhoe Waterworld, Front Street, Prudhoe, Northumberland NE42 5DQ
tel: (01661)833144 fax: (01661)833885 „
I visited my parents in the North east and we decided to take my little Brother age 9 and my daughter aged 5& 3 swimming and activity chosen to suit their different ages and abilities.
We headed to Prudhoe a small town about 20 minute's form my parents for full details check out their website at wwwnorthcountyleisure.org.
I have to be honest from the excitement that was greeted when we said we would go to water world and indeed from the name I expected rapids, various slides, whirlpools and fountains.
Waterworld has an inflatable assault course which my hubby and brother enjoyed not suitable for my girls as you have to swim 25 metres whilst that is on there is nothing else available however there are balls in the shallow end and a small slide for the little ones. After about 30 minutes the inflatable was removed and the one and only slide was opened again about 30 minutes later the wave machine opened.
I was expecting far more equipment however the 3 children had a brilliant time they all enjoyed themselves and we spent about 2.5 hours at the pool.
The pool areas are very clean changing rooms big enough to actually change a family in, clean showers and decent toilets by poolside.
We paid £20.00 for family to get in 2 children and 2 adults however when leaving I picked up some leaflets and said to my hubby we shouldn't have paid for my brother as he has swimming lessons the receptionist heard and gave me a refund as all children who get swimming lessons get free swimming in the county pools a brilliant service.
I have to say entertaining children of different ages and sexes can be a mammoth task one that can cause stress and tears before bedtime however swimming was a sure fire hit and the pool was lovely not too cold and well laid out just take out the waterworld element and call it a swimming pool with a slide and fountains and all will be well!
The pool was also very quiet for a holiday day and so we could play catch without having to apolagise and also a great game of shark and so we will be back again.
Prudhoe waterworld is situated in the small Northumbrian town of Prudhoe (pronounced Pruddah) Prudhoe is 20 minutes drive from Newcastle on the A695. It is known as the gateway to the beautiful Tynedale valley. There is a train station in Prudhoe and it is just a short to Waterworld from the station. In addition there are bus links from local towns and Newcastle.
Prudhoe waterworld is a fairly small affair and consists of a swimming pool, café, gym and soft play area. There is a good sized free car park outside with disabled parking available.
The gym has been recently refurbished and now has over 50 pieces of equipment. However it is still pretty basic in my opinion and there are much better gyms to be found in the area. It is a friendly gym and there are always members of staff on hand to offer help.
However it is for the swimming pool I visit Prudhoe waterworld. The pool is what I would term a fun pool. It does cater for serious swimmers but there are few lanes with specific times allocated for lane swimming. This is a great pool for children! There is a wave machine and slide in addition to a small shallow beach area that is perfect for young children to play in safety. The beach has a water fountain that is really popular with younger children.
There are fun sessions when the wave machine and slide are in operation. These are on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings. I suggest you take a look at the timetable on the Prudhoe waterworld website for exact times. I tend to find Sunday morning is the best time to visit as it's not as busy. The slide is a fairly modest affair, but perfect for my 8 year old. Older children may find it a bit tame!
I really rate the changing area at this pool. It is always clean and the cubicles are spacious. It is a mixed gender area situated by the poolside. There are good sized lockers needing a £! deposit that is returned at the end of your swim. The changing area is always warm too, something I consider really important!
The pool offers various activities including women only, lane and sessions for those with a disability. I have always found this pool warm, unlike others I have experienced!
Swimming is free for those over 60 and all children who are having swimming lesions in the area. There are concessions for those on low incomes. A full list of prices is available on the web site.
In addition to the gym and pool there is a soft play area aimed at the under 8's. I have not used this with my children so can't comment. However it is very small and seems to get quite busy. There are small slides and a ball pool available.
There is a reasonable café serving light snacks, drinks and sandwiches. The prices are a bit on the high side in my opinion and the food is not that healthy either. I really wish leisure centres that are supposed to be encouraging us all to become healthier would stop serving chips and cakes! It would be lovely to see some imaginative menu options available!
Overall I think this is an excellent pool for those who want to have fun with their children. It is friendly and well managed. However if you are a serious swimmer then there are much better pools in the area!