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A grand day out
Aquasplash (Hemel Hempstead)
Member Name: dee778
Aquasplash (Hemel Hempstead)
Advantages: Fun, water, screaming, sliding
Disadvantages: Getting a bit tatty
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.
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.
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.
Very tall, very fast slide.
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!
A perennial favourite - four fairly steep slides in a row. Race your friends and scream loudly.
Rushing rapids with bumps and waterfalls to throw yourself over. Let yourself be carried away by the force of the water.
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.
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
Tel: 0845 8725799
Summary: Get there early to make the most of it
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