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Address: Planet Ice & Aqua Splash Leisureworld / Hemel Hempstead / HP2 4JW / Hertfordshire / Enlgand

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      12.08.2012 17:26

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      Went with my 4 year old daughter on an August Sunday. It was busy, but there weren't too many queues. It was quite good fun although the water was a bit cold (we managed about an hour). The place could do with a clean and some maintenance. There's a prominent 'no refund' policy - it would seem plenty of people aren't too happy with what's on offer.In short: it's fine for a brief visit as long as yoy don't travel too far or expect too much. You probably won't go back very often.

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      01.06.2011 16:29

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      I would never go there again, it's disgusting! I have taken my children there a few times to give it the benefit of the doubt and the changing rooms were awful, looked like they hadn't been cleaned for quite some time, smelled just as bad. A kid pooed in the pool (as some do) we were all evacuated. As we were standing at the side of the pool a life guard pointed out that my foot was bleeding, my foot was not bleeding, i was standing in someone elses blood!!!!! needless to say my family left straight away and have never been back.

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      20.02.2011 20:46

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      Never ever would go to this dirty frezer with my family even they paid me.Water was insane cold even for meand not talking about my 1 year old kid.Left after ten minutes of being there.

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      19.04.2010 12:17
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      Water park with flumes.

      As a local of Hemel Hempstead, Aquasplash is only a five minute drive for me, but for those who are not so close, it is in the town of Hemel Hempstead, very close to the M1 exit and is in the county of Hertfordshire. We are only about a 10 - 15 minute drive from Watford (which is a little bit more well known).

      The place itself.
      Aquasplash is not a particularly massive place and it doesn't have particularly big pools, but it does have some pretty good flumes and apparatus.
      Don't be fooled by the description you may read of the place though because it only actually has about 4 proper flumes, the other descriptions you read about drag races, tyre ride etc, they are not anything special, literally a small push of water for you to follow around a small circuit leading into the main pool. Also, the tyres are very few and hard to get hold of.
      Although like many others, I felt that the place was too cold at the best of times, and you do have a tendancy to shiver whilst waiting for each flume, I don't think it is horrendous, and can easily be shrugged off once back in the water. I actually feel that sometimes when you go to other places, they actually make the conditions too hot and humid.

      One good thing this water park actually has over others is that it is a part of a larger complex called Leisure World. Which mean once you have finished with shivering at various entrances to water slides, you have the option to venture into the complex and try out things such as bowling, pool, cinema, bar. There are also a couple of places to eat too, including a burger king and pizza hut (theres a Mc Donalds across the road too.

      This is not a bad place to go to but it is more for going to with the kids as opposed to going to as a pair or group of adults. If I had to say how long you could have fun in there before getting too cold and bored it would be about 1 hour and 30 mins, at a push. I usually go with my wife and two children and we are always back in the changing rooms after that time.

      I have only ever been on a Saturday and Sunday but I can tell you now it gets busy and sometimes you have to wait ages to get on a flume, but if you get there for when it opens, literally on the dot, you will have atleast 30 mins to an hour of only having about 2 or 3 people ahead of you at a time, after that it ends up being about 30 -40 people ahead.

      For a family of four the price is between £16 and £21 depending of the childrens ages.

      Parking is very good too, catering for hundreds of cars.

      I would recommend giving this park a go. It can be fun and my children certainly love it.

      Enjoy!

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        15.02.2010 10:50

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        I miss common courtesy

        It's very possible I had an unlucky experience but try and see this from my point of view. My two year old has been going through a Mummy phase so in an attempt to win/bribe back his affection I took him to Aquasplash. Before you read this rant, please understand I am not a miserable git and usually a very chirpy fella. However one hours drive and then 30 minutes faffing around with getting a two year old ready for the pool, I was hoping we would have a great time. Within two minutes my boy had blue lips and was freezing cold. Ludicrously cold conditions. We tried to warm up under a towel between slides but after seven minutes of what was starting to feel like child abuse, I gave it up as a bad habit. On the way out I asked for my money back and was told they had a no refund policy but would get the manager. Staff were polite and explained the pool would be a few centigrade colder than normal. The manager was polite when she said I couldn't have a refund. So everyone was polite but basically I travelled for an hour both ways, spent an hour getting dressed and undressed and spent seven pounds for seven minutes. That's a pound a minute for inverted testicles. Giving me a refund wouldn't have changed that it was a bit of a disappointment but the place being cold was very possibly unavoidable on their part. Totally forgivable. No refund after explaining what had happened felt like a proper kick in the teeth and I thought showed a severe lack of decency. Aquashat.

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        29.10.2009 17:26
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        Fun Fun Fun

        Aqua splash is a swimming pool in Hemel Hempstead. It is located just of the M1 in a complex called Jarman Park or Leisure World. The swimming pool is more like a mini water park and suites kids and adults.

        The cost is about £6 per person. But you can stay in there as long as you want. They changing village is unisex and has individual booths to get change in along with family booths for parents with small kids. There is also an abundance of lockers in the village and cost 20p each time you lock them.

        When you go in to the pool area you will come out by the shallow end which is great for kids. Here you have some fountains and floats for children to play with.

        Beyond that you have the main lazy river that takes guests around the pool. You can also queue up for the rubber rings which you can also use to go round the lazy river in.

        The pool has 3 slides and 1 river rapids. The river rapids are very good as they start near the ceiling and falls away to pool height.

        The 3 slides they have are 1 for smaller guest that is slow and twisty. A Fast slide that does not have too many turns but goes very fast and the main slide (The super bowl) you will travel down the tube quite fast and in to a big bowl with a hole in the middle. You will circle round the edge until you fall out the middle in to a deep plunge pool.
        This ride is great but I would only recommend to people how are good enough swimmers.

        If you don't want to swim and are waiting for your children there is a small bar that will serve drinks and a few snacks. You can sit wait and relax.

        This is a great place for children and adults a like. The pool is open most days and is good value.

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        25.10.2009 01:30
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        A Fantastic Day Out For A Very Reasonable Price With Lots To Do & Hours Of Swimming.

        I live in Essex and at times I can get bored of visiting the same places so I recently started trying to look for new places to explore and this is how I found the Aquasplash in Hemel Hempstead which is located on the Leisure World complex in Jarmans Avenue. It takes around 45 minutes to reach from Harlow, Essex and this is just 37 miles door to door so although it is a different county to the one that I live in it really is not too far to travel at all. It was fairly easy to locate as I just used a route planner before hand and to travel the entire journey there was just around 6 or 7 turnings and roads to remember so even if I didn't have it typed up on my phone then I would be able to remember what we were looking out for.

        Upon arriving at Aquasplash the first thing that I noticed was that there did not seem to be a massive amount of parking for a Leisure 'Complex, however, there were lots of free spaces everywhere and it was fairly busy inside so perhaps there were just lots more spaces than I initially realised. There was an ample amount of disabled bays and there were lots free when we visited, this were, naturally, located towards the front of the store. I noticed that the zebra crossings in the car park were painted with two types of mahogany coloured paint and this meant that to a driver it wasn't a zebra crossing but a bump in the road and on a trip over to Tesco to use the free cash machine we were almost knocked down by a woman driver with just one hand on the wheel who had enough time to notice us and put her other hand over her mouth in shock, silly ignorant woman! To enter the area to pay & go through to Aquasplash there were huge pull doors & while there was a push activate disabled button on the wall I was disappointed that this did not work as obviously some people may relay on this for easy access. OK - Rant over!

        There was a small queue of around 5-10 people but this cleared in a matter of a couple of minutes and then we were able to make our payment and go through to the changing rooms. We paid £6.00 each for an adult entry to the Aqua Mania session, however, if you were to take children or OAPs etc then there is a cheaper price and all the entrance information is available on the website I have provided below. I thought £6.00 was very reasonable for an adult as we arrived just after they opened at 10am and had the option to stay until closing time which was 6pm so it is a pretty cheap day out really, depending on how many people you have to pay for! Fortunately I just paid for myself so I was very happy indeed.

        Once the entrance fee is paid you can go through to the lockers where there are changing rooms, single and family ones, and then lots of lockers to keep your possessions stowed away safely (20p non-returnable per locker). There were lots of changing rooms available and although it was a busy Saturday when we visited we had no problems going straight in to single ones each and then getting a locker each straight outside the changing room we had used. There were large and small lockers available, both for 50p, so I opted for a large locker so I had lots of space to keep everything safe and organised ready for getting changed again afterwards. There were lots of showers in the changing area too as there was two big circle areas with around 6-8 showers in each. On one side I found the showers to be far hotter than the other side so it is definitely worth having a check to make sure you are not freezing unnecessarily! The showers had a fairly fast flow to them and I found it quite easy to wash my hair in just a minute or so and my only concern with the showers was the amount of people who just stripped their children off and let them walk around the changing area with no towel or anything, it seemed to be quite common and although I am sure their parents are responsible enough to ensure nothing happens to them you really never know who is around. There was also toilets here which were for the use of anyone in the spectator area or anyone who was using the swimming facilities. No shoes were allowed here for safety & hygiene reasons. There are cameras in the changing area but there are lots of signs up stating that these are static cameras positioned to ensure no filming of the inside of changing rooms is done and it is good to know that there is some CCTV for protection of property etc.

        Once we were changed and ready to go swimming we simply strapped our locker keys to our wrists/ankles and then made our way out to the main swimming pool. I was very pleased with the sheer amount that was going on when we went in to the swimming area as there are lots of steps and different ways to get in and out or you can simply walk in to the 'beach area' (for children) and then make your way deeper out towards the entrance to the rapids style swimming pool. This area is kind of kidney bean shaped and very large and as you go around there are lots of flumes & rides and things above your head and there really is a lot going on in a fairly small space. The swimming pool is large and there must have been well over 100 people in there during the busier hours and it did not feel crowded at all anywhere along the way. There was lots of bursts and jets of water when going around the there was a current pulling me along but it was not so strong that smaller children couldn't keep up or had any difficulties at all. The water temperature was around 28 degrees and the average temperature in Aqua Splash is usually 30 degrees and there was a sign on reception advising of this before the payment for entry was made as they have a no refunds policy. I found the water temperature to be quite nice but after a fair few hours I was feeling a little chilly, probably because I kept getting in and out of the water to go on the various rides available.

        Space Bowl - To reach this ride you must go up some stairs which takes you in to the roof of Aqua Splash. The queue for this ride is normally a good 5-10 minutes long at any time of day and this ride is really more the bigger daredevils. The ride is a flume (enclosed slide) which shoots you down at a fairly steep angle (compared to most flumes I have seen) and then at the bottom of the flume you shoot out in to a giant 'bowl' which then sweeps you around in a big rush of water and you go around and around until you drop out of the bottom and in to a small 2 metre deep pool. The ride only lasts for just over 10 seconds (depending on your weight and length I guess) but this is quite scary and I found this was the scariest ride there. The pool which you drop out in to is the worse bit as sometimes you drop out upside down or something and then you have a lifeguard standing there (waiting to push the green button for the next person to go) and then they start whistling at you immediately and I felt all disorientated and a little confused looking for the steps as I had all water in my eyes.

        Super Flume - This was a water slide (flume) where, again, you had to climb stairs and then you climb feet first in to a tube and it begins to carry you down and around and around fairly quick. I began my descent sitting up but the tube descent pushed me on to my back and before I knew it I was in the dark and shooting along and moving quite high from side to side up the sides of the flume. The ride, again, only lasted for around 10-15 seconds but it felt far longer as I was quite scared in the dark. There were lots of twists and turns on this ride and once I had been on it and knew what to expect I was quite fine to have another go. The only thing I disliked was knowing that I made a big splash when I arrived at the bottom of the flume but that's my fault!

        Tyre Ride - This ride was not open when I visited and also when my family visited previously several months before so I am not sure if this is ever open anymore and when I asked about it I was just told that it was closed at present and no explanation was offered. I believe this ride is a flume which you travel down in a giant rubber ring and the water was running through it when I looked so I was a little bit upset that I didn't get to have a go on that as I would probably have loved it more as being higher up in a rubber ring is always good for my fear of drowning!

        Drag Race - This was a fairly small ride located in one of the corners of the swimming pool and could be reached by swimming over or by walking on foot. You have to queue up for a good 10 minutes. The ride is very short and simple. There is a big flat area with lots of water shooting along it and you lie down inside a rubber ring and then get pushed along down the end of a small slope and in to the main swimming pool, you then do one lap before handing the rubber ring back for someone else in the queue to have a go. There was probably only 5 or 6 rubber rings for the entire pool and this meant that there was a queue all day long for this ride but it was relatively fun for adults and kids alike and I saw three grown men pushing each other so they could be at the front of the queue and then racing each other around the swimming pool. This was quite a fun ride and would be great for most ages, also, when going around the swimming pool I found that lots of people were pushing me along which was quite fun and this was one that I enjoyed going on several times even though the queue was quite long. I would like to see more rubber rings available but then perhaps there are reasons for only using a few such as health & safety or storage issues over in the small area allocated to this ride.

        Multi Slide - This area was reached by climbing up around 20 stairs and it is a large plastic slide suitable for 4 people to sit side by side with each other. You simply sit in the top and then push yourself down the slide. There are two large bumps in the slide to make you go faster and it takes just a couple of seconds to hit the bottom and give anyone standing at the end a huge splashing. I went on this lots as there really was never a queue as you just walked to the top of the stairs, went straight over, sat down and pushed yourself off. Even though my swimming costume kept going everywhere on this ride I was keen to go on it lots and it was fun. This ride is quite high and I found that to be a little intimidating at first but then a 3 year old (roughly) walked past me with her Mum waiting at the bottom and just launched herself off without a worry or care in the world. This is suitable for most ages and I saw lots of parents taking 1 and 2 year old children down here who thoroughly enjoyed it, well, the majority anyway.

        Falling Rapids - This area was also reached by climbing up around 20 stairs which were right next to the stairs for the Multi Slide. There was a queue of around 2-3 minutes most of the day for this ride. Around 5 or 6 people are let through at a time so things are kept moving nice and quickly and I believe this was the busiest ride all day long and I was quite pleased that the queue moved to quickly. The rapids were quite fast and I did see two people who suffered nose bleeds (both young girls) throughout the day so this just goes to show how you should follow the rules and always go down feet first and avoid going down to close to other people. The lifeguards didn't hurry you leaving at the first point and there were four or five small rapid areas along the way so there was lots of time to take a moment just to get your confidence back or adjust your costume before launching yourself down the next ramp. These rapids were quite strong but not ridiculously slow and I could always put my feet on the ground all of the time and even just my hands most of the time so I was not worried at all about being out of my depth. I found these rapids to be really fun and the beginning and end parts were the best with the beginning having a fast part that swept me along from the left to the right and then back to the left again and it was just brilliant fun. At the end there was one final slide and a fairly deep part at the end and I was mucking around going head first down this one when I hurt my foot so that will teach me for not following the rules.

        Lazy River - This is the swimming pool that I have described above. This was very busy but did not feel overcrowded or cramped at any time and there was lots of lifeguards keeping their eye on everything at all times. I only saw/heard the whistles blown a couple of times and this was generally when people had been climbing on things they weren't supposed to or picking people up and/or keeping them under the water for a 'joke'. Thankfully nobody I was with got in any trouble so I wasn't too concerned with what other people were doing as long as they stayed away from me and didn't annoy me.

        There is a nice area for children at the beginning of the swimming pool entrance and this is also a way to enter the Lazy River. There is a small inclined slope which gradually gets deeper and deeper and there is a large umbrella style rain water toy for young children to stand under and just generally enjoy. This area was located right next to the spectators area and it meant that even if one parent was not swimming they could be fairly interactive in their childrens day at the swimming pool. It was clean and there was a lifeguard situated for this specific area and I did not see any problems in this area at all and definitely no rogue nappies or pooh!

        There is a spectators area which is quite ample in size and even though we visited on a Saturday there was still a fair amount of chairs left and lots of space for people to store their towels and some personal belongings if they wanted to but we just used our lockers for safety and so as not to take up four chairs all day when we weren't even using them.

        We had an absolutely fantastic day and in the afternoon when we got hungry we simply got our towels and our purses from the locker (another 20p!) and enjoyed a Burger King which was located inside the swimming pool. We all had something light and a small drink as we wanted to have a short rest and get back in to the pool. The prices of the Burger King were the usual over priced kind and there was a customer there who was very rude to my Mum because he was unhappy with his order and he had tried to push past her again to get it rectified, she politely told him where to go and he was quite rude to her but like they say, what goes around comes around! There was also an arcade and ice skating in the same building so we visited the arcade partook in some bowling and a little pool before spending lots more pennies trying to win a big Sonic toy that we had to stop thinking about in the end as it was costing a small fortune!

        I would highly recommend this and there was only a few niggly things throughout the day such as the lockers not refunding money and some of the showers being a little colder than others. Tiny things like this are not what make my day bad as I tend to just get on with whatever and try and concentrate on having a good time and I most certainly did. Everyone I was with had a lovely time and I am sure that we will go again in the future for another day of adventure in Aquasplash!

        Contact Information:

        Leisureworld
        Hemel Hempstead
        Herts
        HP2 4JW

        Telephone: 0845 872 5799
        Website: www.thearenagroup.co.uk/page/aquasplash_info

        On the website you can find all the necessary opening times and admission fee information.

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          19.09.2009 17:07
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          great

          its a great place to have kids parties
          i had a great time there with my friends! but if your planning on going on any of the slides i wouldnt risk wearing a bikini if your a girl! the top will go 1 way and the bottoms will go another!

          the best ride there i think is the space bowl its like a slide that you go really fast down then you go in this massive sort of sink that has a plug hole in the middle which you fall out into a little pool. i wouldnt reccommend it for people with bad backs or people over 30 as its very fast and can be a little bit panicky when you fall down the plug hole.

          lockers cost 20p. it doesnt return your coin so make sure you have a couple incase you need to get your towel out and lock it again.

          overall great day out i would strongly reccommend it if your looking to entertain the kids!

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            11.07.2009 21:36
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            Get there early to make the most of it

            Aquasplash is one of those local attractions that have provided hours of fun over the years for me and my family. It really cannot be called a swimming pool, as there is hardly any swimming to be done there - it is a maze of flumes, slides, rapids - a complete complex that I have spent entire days in with my boys, loving every minute of it. It describes itself as an indoor water park, and even now I still get the feeling of excitement in the pit of my stomach as I queue to go in. These days Aquasplash is looking a little tatty, and quite often one or two of the rides are closed because of technical difficulties. Even so, it remains a fantastic day out!

            Aquasplash is set inside Jarman Park - a complex in Hemel Hempsted that includes an ice skating rink, tenpin bowling, a cinema and a gaming area. As you enter Jarman Park, you are immediately greeted by a huge glass wall, though which you can see hundreds of people having enormous amounts of fun on the water slides. The pool looks exotic, with floating crocodiles, Egyptian style stonework and statues, hanging banners, and rushing water.

            Champing at the bit, you rush into the changing village. The changing rooms are a bit dark for my taste - I like a nice bright changing room so that I can make sure I am not sitting in anything too nasty! Lockers are 20p (non-refundable which can be a real pain if one of the children needs to go back to get their towel). The toilets are bright and clean, and the showers are good. The changing village opens straight out onto the water park, and they are filled with the exciting sound of rushing water.

            Outside the changing village, the first thing you see is the toddlers area - a shallow pool filled with floating crocodiles and turtles, with small waterfalls and water jets. Immediately in front of this area is Burger King, with a large seating area so that parents can watch smaller children without actually being in the water with them.

            ~~Lazy River~~
            Leading off the toddler area is Lazy River - fairly gentle rapids that let you float around in a loop, circling the whole water park, passing under bridges and encountering jets and showers as you go. Sharing the Lazy River are the people who have just ridden the Drag Race, who then sit in their huge rubber tyres and float around with you until they return to their starting point.

            ~~Drag Race~~
            There is always an enormous queue for the Drag Race, because people love floating along the Lazy River in their tyres, and go as slowly as possible. The Drag Race is a fairly low level rapid - you sit in a tyre and shoot down it in a gentle way, and then float around the Lazy River Circuit. Average fun, suitable for scaredy cats.

            ~~Space Bowl ~~
            This one is the most adventurous ride - and for the really brave people! It is very, very high up. You shoot very, very fast down the slides, and then you are dumped in a big round sink. This is a bit hard to describe, but imagine a big round bowl with a plug hole in the middle. You shoot around the rim of the bowl, and then whizz round and round until you fall down the plug hole and are dumped into the catching pool.

            I must admit that I have only done this ride once in my life, and it really hurt my back! Teenagers love it though.

            ~~Super Flume~~
            Very tall, very fast slide.

            ~~Tyre Ride~~
            Much more my scene! A fairly tall ride, you sit in a tyre and whizz down the first slide. Midway (but still high up) you reach a holding pool, where a nice pool attendant grabs you and chucks you down the second half of the ride. Exciting without being terrifying, and hugely undignified - I love it!

            ~~Multi Slide~~
            A perennial favourite - four fairly steep slides in a row. Race your friends and scream loudly.

            ~~Falling Rapids~~
            Rushing rapids with bumps and waterfalls to throw yourself over. Let yourself be carried away by the force of the water.

            ~~ Jacuzzi~~
            If it all gets too much for you, sit in the Jacuzzi which is in the middle of the water park. You can get toasty warm and watch everybody having fun.

            ~~Staffing and Safety~~
            The staff are all very helpful and look fairly happy, despite what must be a fairly tedious job! There is at least one member of staff at the beginning of every ride, using the cameras to make sure that you don't slide down on top of the person in front of you.

            They look out for lost kids - children under 10 are not allowed to walk around the park without an adult - or everybody gets a telling off! For obvious reasons, the staff stop people from running around, pashing, bombing, etc - and do it with good humour.

            I have taken large groups of children there for parties and have always felt very confident that they are safe. Aquasplash runs birthday parties there too, ending up at Burger King.

            ~~Prices~~
            Off Peak Peak
            Single £4.20 £5.80
            Family £14.70 £21.80
            Under 8's £2.70 £3.70
            Under 5 's £1.60 £1.90
            Under 2's FREE FREE
            Spectators £1.00 £1.00
            Concession £3.70 £4.20
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            Aquasplash
            Hemel Hempsted
            Herts
            HP2 4JW
            Tel: 0845 8725799

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              3.5 out of 5 stars.

              * What is Aquasplash? *

              Aquasplash is a small indoor water park that is situated in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. It is based inside Leisureworld which also has an ice skating rink, bowling alley and arcade. If you want to make a whole day of it, it might be good idea to do all of them. Aqua Splash is owned by The Arena Group who own Planet Ice - the ice rink next door.

              * Arrival *

              On arrival at Leisureworld you are greeted by plenty of car parking spaces and a Macdonalds opposite. Aquasplash is hard to miss when you enter Leisureworld as there is a huge window that lets you look inside of the pool area. There is a reception desk where you pay for your admission. If you don't have any 20 pence pieces, get some at reception for your locker.

              * Prices *

              Prices depend on which days you visit. Peak times are weekends and non-term time. Off peak times are weekdays in term time. Admission prices for over 8's are £4.00 off peak and £5.50 peak, under 8's £2.50 off peak and £3.50 peak, under 5's £1.50 off peak and £1.75 peak. Family admissions are £14.00 off peak and £19.80 peak (families are up to four people and must include one adult). Children under 2 are free. Very affordable in my opinion...

              * Changing area *

              The changing room is mixed sex but has lots of cubicles and seperate toilets. There are plenty of lockers which are 20p each but which aren't refundable so beware. There are warm showers for when you enter and leave the pool and a couple of food and drink vending machines.

              The changing rooms are okay but could do with a bit of a makeover as they are slightly run down. There are large cubicles for the disabled and for families with young children which is handy. The last time we visited there seemed to be quite a hygiene issue with the changing rooms which I was pretty discusted by (wrappers and stickers from the crotches of new swimsuits everywhere, bins over flowing with dirty nappies, manky toilets) and should have really complained about.

              * Childrens pool *

              When entering the pool area the first part you come across is the childrens area. This area is really shallow and gets deeper gradually which is perfect for toddlers and young children. There is nothing exciting about the childrens area except for a big toadstool-like fountain. It's pretty simple but does the job. This area does need supervision (even for older children) as it leads on to the lazy river.

              * Lazy river (& Drag Race) *

              The lazy river goes round in one big circle and is nice and relaxing. There are jets on the walls the whole way round so you can just glide along without much effort. Half way down the lazy river there is a set of steps where you can get out and ride the Drag Race. This is long, flat slide which has jets that shoot water down it at some force - you then sit in a big rubber dingy and fly down it! If you're lucky you might not tip out when you reach the lazy river at the end, but the chances are you probably will. You can ride the rubber dingy until you get back to the ride, when you then need to return it.

              * Slides *

              One of my favourite things at Aquasplash are the rapids. You need to walk up some stairs which take you up near the ceiling where the rapids are situated. Is all you need to do is sit down and the rapids will take you along. It's really fast and you end up crashing into walls and other people (bruised hips ahoy!). You don't have any control over what happens to you as the force of the water is quite strong. At the end you slide down into a pool of water. It's great fun.

              Situated nearby the rapids is a multi-slide. This slide seats upto about 5 people a time. It is essentially a big slide, split into 5 lanes. It goes quite fast and is good for racing each other.

              At the far end is a big flight of stairs which take you up to the 3 main slides. One is called Space Bowl which is a green tube slide which seems like a normal slide until you reach the end of it and you end up in a big open bowl! You spin around it a few times until you eventually drop out of the hole in the middle (exactly like one of those penny drop thingies). This is another favourite of mine, although it is rather scary not knowing how your going to drop out of the hole - head first? backwards? belly flop!?

              The other slides are called Super Flume and Tyre Ride. The Super Flume is a tube slide which is the tallest of them all. It's really fast and a lot of fun, although it is dark and you do get a lot of water in the face.

              The Tyre Ride is a tube slide which you ride on big rubber dingys. The only thing I don't like about this ride is half way down you shoot out into an open pool where there is a member of staff waiting to push you down the second half of the slide, but almost every time I come out of the slide I end up tipping out and it's a bit of an embarrasing affair (particularly when somebody then has to help me clamber my way back into the dingy)!

              All of the big slides are supervised by staff and have traffic lights which are set off by sensors inside the slides so you know when it's safe to go and when it's not.

              There is also a seperate jacuzzi which is lovely and relaxing... but usally plagued with annoying kids!

              * BRRRR! *

              The temperature of the water is pretty cold. I don't think it's much of a problem for adults and older children but for young children, babies and learner swimmers it might be a bit too much for them.

              * Eating *

              There is a Burger King inside Aquasplash, situated by the childrens area. This is priced at usual Burger King prices and is really handy as swimming generally makes you super hungry. You're kind of limited if you're a vegetarian though.

              * Staff *

              The majority of the staff seem to be teenagers and young people that can't find anything better in terms of a job. They seem utterly miserable and underwhelmed to be working there. I once had a bad accident at Aquasplash and I couldn't believe the lack of help, support, sympathy or professionalism.

              * Overall *

              Overall I'd say this is a good few hours out (I don't think you'd need a whole day) for kids, teenagers and families. It is quite small but has enough to do. It is total value for money considering how reasonable admission prices are. I would recommend making a visit if you live within 30 miles but would give it a miss if you live any further as I think it would just be a bit of a let down. If you visit during peak times there will be queues for everything but off peak is usually very quiet and you should get the place to yourselves.

              My advice to Aquasplash would be to heat up the water, get better staff, update the place a bit and clean up the changing rooms!

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              What to expect - indoor water park featuring Space bowl, super flume, tyre ride, drag race, multi slide, falling rapids and lazy river.