Including indoor water parks, splash parks, and beaches
When the sun is out, there’s nothing better than cooling the kids off in one of Hampshire’s many splash parks and paddling pools. Many of them are free!
This is our huge list of splash parks, beaches, and water parks that are great for the whole family.
A few do have parking charges so remember to take change. In bad weather, they may close so check social media for regular updates.
If you are looking for more things to do in Hampshire then have a look at:
The Best Lakes in Hampshire – From a relaxing walk to crabbing, these lakes in Hampshire have so much to offer you on a hot day.
The Full List of Country Parks in Hampshire – If you are looking for a great day out with the whole family then use our list here of country parks in Hampshire.
The Best Funfairs and Theme Parks in Hampshire – There are so many amazing theme parks and funfairs throughout Hampshire. How many of these have you been to?
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Splash parks, beaches, and sandpits in Hampshire
This list has everything you need to have fun during the school holidays or at the weekend when you all need cooling off.
We have included everything from splash parks, to beaches and pools that with give your family that outdoor time that they crave.
Splash parks and pools in Hampshire
Aldershot Lido, Aldershot
Aldershot Lido is packed full of things to do for the whole family. It is open every day from 10am to 6pm and they do offer discounts at certain times of the day. They do you need you to book before you arrive.
Aldershot Lido has three water flumes, a diving platform, and a toddler paddling pool. They also have a sandpit, free Wifi, and loads of places to have a picnic or grab a bite to eat.
They do have lockers so bring a padlock for your stuff.
You can find Aldershot Lido at Aldershot Lido at Guildford Road, Aldershot, GU12 4BP.
Chineham Splash Pad, Basingstoke
Completely free, Chineham Splash Pad is great for the little ones. It does fill up quickly, so getting there early is advised. There are no official toilets or café but facilities can be found about five minutes walk away.
Parking is limited with a small amount being at the park and the rest having to be found on the nearby streets.
You can find Chineham Splash Pad at Chineham Park Ct, Basingstoke RG24 9BL.
Eling Ren Splash Park, Southampton
There is so much to do at Eling Ren Splash Park. Open throughout the summer holidays, you can enjoy the splash park, the on-site play area, and kick a football around on the field.
Bring a picnic blanket, then go for a walk along the local river and through the trees to cool off on a hot day.
You can find Eling Ren Splash Park at Totton, Southampton SO40 9DT.
Fleming Park Splash Park, Eastleigh
Fleming Park’s paddling pool is next to the play park on Passfield Avenue in Eastleigh. It opens on the last May Bank holiday until the first weekend in September regardless of the weather. Daily opening hours are normally 10am to 7pm.
They have toilets on-site and a gated park with a small sandpit for the kids. There are plenty of benches and grass inside the paddling pool area. There’s not much shade, so remember to bring hats or an umbrella.
You can park in the main leisure center car park which is about a five-minute walk away or along the main road.
Bring food and drink as there is no cafe on-site. The fields are huge though so you will always find a spot in the shade.
The path is flat and takes you along the river if you decide to go for a nice walk.
You can find Fleming Park Splash Park at 161 Passfield Ave, Eastleigh SO50 9NF.
Hanger Farm Splash Park, Southampton
Hanger Farm Splash Park is a great place for kids of all ages. They have a tennis court, basketball court, a huge field, and the splash park, all within a few minutes of each other.
They have a cafe and toilets on-site but do have loads of room for a picnic out of the sun as the trees provide loads of shade.
Please do check the opening times though as it is known to shut on weekends.
You can find Hanger Farm Splash Park at Totton, Southampton SO40 8FT.
Hedge End Water Park, Hedge End
Hedge End Paddling Pool is a five-minute walk away from the center of Hedge End on St Johns Recreational ground. There’s a shop so you can buy refreshments and ice creams as well as toilets on site. To park, it’s best to use the Town Council car park on St Johns Road as along the road can be very busy.
Hedge End Paddling Pool normally opens daily between May to September 1030am to 5pm. The paddling pool is managed by Hedge End Town Council and more details can be found on their website here.
There is a great play area right next to the splash park and a lot of grass that you can relax on.
You can find Hedge End Water Park at St Johns Recreation Ground, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 0BN.
Hilsea Lido, Portsmouth
Completely free, the Hilsea Jubilee Splash Pool is great for kids eight and under. There are toilets on site with baby changing and benches for a picnic. Parking is free on-site and there’s a café if needed.
You can find Hilsea Lido at London Rd, Hilsea, Portsmouth PO2 9RP.
Lee-On-The-Solent Splash Park, Portsmouth
Based right on the seafront, Lee-On-The-Solent Splash Park has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun.
The splash park itself has tipping buckets, sprays, and water shooters. The play area is right next door which has a swing, slides, and loads of things to climb on.
For lunch, Lee-On-Solent town center is right with loads of cafes selling a range of food including ice creams. You can also have a picnic on the beach.
You can find Lee-On-The-Solent Splash Park at Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9LA.
Lymington Baths, New Forest
Lymington Baths has a great water play area for older kids who love to get wet! Lymington Sea Water Baths is a fully staffed pool with the option of renting out inflatables. There’s a kids splash pool for the little ones, an on-site café plus toilets, and changing rooms.
There is an admission charge and the prices do vary. Please see the Lymington Sea Water Baths for opening times and prices.
You can find Lymington Baths at Bath Road, Lymington SO41 3SE.
New Forest Water Park, Fordingbridge
This is like nothing you’ve seen before! The New Forest Aqua Park is a huge 4,000sq meter floating inflatable that has 2 trampolines, monkey bars, rollers, and loads of other fun obstacles.
Prices do apply so please see The New Forest Aqua Park website for more details. You do have to swim to gain access and under 11s do need adult supervision. There are a café on site and toilets. Parking is at the clubhouse.
You can find New Forest Water Park at Ringwood Road, Fordingbridge SP6 2EY.
Petersfield Open Air Pool, Petersfield
Petersfield Open Air Swimming Pool is heated and great for the whole family. You do need to buy a ticket before you arrive but it is so worth it!
They have changing cubicles, showers, and toilets. There’s a café on site but they do have benches and sun loungers for hire. Prices do apply and the schedule changes daily so please check the times here.
You can find Petersfield Open Air Pool at Heath Rd, Petersfield GU31 4DZ.
Southsea Splash Pool, Portsmouth
Southsea splash pool is perfect for kids under 8 who just want to run and just have fun. It’s enclosed with two paddling pools and a small park. It has a café on site and loads of places to stick your blanket. You can check the opening times of the pool on the Visit Portsmouth website here.
You can find Southsea Splash Pool at Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3NS.
Testwood Rec Splash Park, Southampton
Totton & Eling Town Council run Testwood, Hanger Farm, and Eling Water Park. These splash parks are free to use. These are unsupervised pools and do swap and change opening times depending on the weather. Please check the Totton and Eling Council website for the times.
You can find Testwood Rec Splash Park at 47 Salisbury Road, Totton, Southampton SO40 3LJ.
Splash pools within attractions in Hampshire
These are all splash parks that are inside an attraction. You do need to pay for tickets for these attractions but the splash parks are an added bonus.
4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, Thatcham
4 Kingdoms Adventure Park has everything a family needs for a fun day out. They have play zones, a petting farm, a splash park, and giant slides.
They run regular events, and the ticket price includes all the activities and the car park.
You can find 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park at Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY.
Beale Wildlife Park, Reading
Set within 40 acres of green land, this amazing wildlife park has everything you need for a fun family day out. They not only have a splash pool, but they also have a range of animals, play areas, a train and picnic areas to enjoy.
You can find Beale Wildlife Park at Lower Basildon, Pangbourne, Reading RG8 9NW.
Blue Reef Aquarium Beach Club, Portsmouth
Included in the price of admission, Blue Reef Portsmouth overlooks the seafront and has a small splash area for kids. It has jets and water pools for the kids and a small park on-site. Opening times are the same as the aquarium and can be found here on their website.
You can find Blue Reef Aquarium at Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3PB.
Paultons Park, Romsey
Part of the admission price of Paultons Park, Water Kingdom is a huge gated splash park where you can let the kids go wild. With sprays, water buckets, and pistols, this splash park is perfect for the hot weather.
It’s great for all ages but if your little one prefers a smaller splash park, then try Muddy Puddles splash park in Peppa Pig World. It has smaller sprays and a place for the kids to jump up and down in the little puddles.
Both are directly next to a huge playground, toilets and a café.
You can find Paultons Park at Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL.
Wellington Country Park, Reading
Open throughout the year, Wellington Country Park has everything you need for a great day out for the whole family.
They have a splash zone which is great for smaller kids plus a train, jumping pillow and animal farm.
Make sure you visit as many of the play areas and the lake.
You can find Wellington Country Park at Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP.
Beaches in Hampshire
These are the best beaches in Hampshire. Find our full list of beaches in Hampshire here.
Beachlands, Hayling Island
This pebble beach is eight kilometers long on the western end of the seafront. With everything Hayling Island has to offer, Beachlands also includes a fairground and amusement arcades close by. During the summer months dogs are restricted so please see the council website for updates.
Beachlands can be found at Hayling Island, PO11 0AG.
Browndown Point Beach, Gosport
Looking over the Solent, Browndown Point is a sandy and single beach owned by the MOD. They do use it as a training ground from time to time but the public are welcome to explore it as well. It is a bit of a walk from the main car park where the toilets are.
You can find Browndown Point Beach at Stokes Bay Rd, Gosport PO12 2QU.
Calshot Beach, Southampton
Calshot Beach is a mile-long shingle beach that is great for the whole family. Calshot Beach has the best views of Southampton Water and Lee-On-Solent.
Close to Lepe Country Park, this shingle beach is a great place to visit for the whole family. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Wight and the Spinnaker Tower. Keep walking along the beach and you’ll come to Calshot Castle which was built by Henry VIII.
You can find Calshot Beach at Jack Maynard Rd, Calshot, Southampton SO45 1BR.
Eastney Beach, Portsmouth
A long and wide pebble beach, Eastney is a hidden gem between Southsea Castle and Fort Cumberland. In the summer months, it’s a great place to cool off. Local facilities are nearby. It’s a really popular spot for windsurfers and water sport so great for the kids to have a dip in the sea. Part of the beach is naturist friendly.
Parking, including disabled spaces, can be found along Eastney Esplanade, which runs for most of the length of the beach and offers visitors direct access to the shore. Toilets can be found at the eastern end of the esplanade.
You can find Eastney Beach at Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 9ND.
Eastoke Beach, Hayling Island
With parking close, this is a great beach with everything you need on your doorstep. It was a large grassy area, toilets, and a playground all on the seafront. Eastoke is mainly pebble with a few hidden sandy stretches. It’s great for watching water sports but the tide does come in quickly, so please check the times before you go.
You can find Eastrop Park at Eastrop Way, Basingstoke RG21.
Hayling Island Beach, Havant
This beach is over 3-miles long and is a mix of sand and shingles. You can easily see the Isle of Wight from here and watch all the ships pass. There is parking close by and a few little shops and takeaway outlets to buy snacks from.
Hayling Island Beach can be found at Sea Front, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0AG.
Hill Head Beach, Fareham
Hill Head is a shingle beach with a tarmac walkway. It’s a great place to spot the boats coming in and out on the Solent. There is a cafe nearby and Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, which is home to a vast array of birdlife.
You can find Hill Head Beach at Fareham PO14 3JS.
Hurst Spit Beach, New Forest
With lovely views of the Isle of Wright, this beach is lovely to watch the world go by. The cafe is limited so bringing lunch is a good idea. Parking is hard to come by too so visit early to make sure you get a spot.
You can find Hurst Spit Beach at Hurst Spit, Lymington.
Lee-On-Solent Beach, Gosport
There’s always loads on at Lee-On-Solent. This is a shingle beach with a grassy area great for games and picnics. There’s a tarmac walkway right by the beach, perfect for bikes and scooters.
When the tide is out you can go crabbing among the many rock pools. If it’s raining, have a look at the Hovercraft Museum which is open to the public on Saturdays.
Food-wise; the beach is only a small road away from the town center so there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or get ice cream.
You can find Lee-On-Solent Beach at Solent Beach Path, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9LR.
Lepe Country Park, Hythe
A stony beach with patches of sand, Lepe has lots to offer! It was a tarmac path along the seafront and plenty of rock pools when the tide goes out. There’s a huge car park right by the beach and a playground a short walk up the hill.
There are loads of places to sit to have a picnic or you can enjoy the on-site cafe which offers hot meals and cold snacks throughout the day.
You can find Lepe Country Park at Country Park Lepe, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AD.
Meon Shore Beach, Fareham
Meon Shore is a shingle beach with a car park at one end. If you keep walking past the chalets then there is a fab spot with shingle and pebble that’s great for fossil or shell hunting.
You can find Meon Shore Beach at Titchfield, Fareham PO14 4HN.
Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey
Royal Victoria Country Park has a great stony beach that is perfect for a dip when the sun is out. Being right inside the country park, you can enjoy everything it has to offer including a huge playground, a great cafe, and wide-open fields.
You can find Victoria Country Park at Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA.
Southsea Beach, Portsmouth
Southsea beach is a long shingle beach with slopes down to the sea. At one end you have the fair and the other a big recreation area with green space and a huge canoe lake. There’s also plenty of parking and a playground and a small water park on-site.
You can find Southsea Beach at Eastney Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 0SP.
Stokes Bay, Gosport
Stokes Bay is a shingle beach with great views of the Isle of Wight. There’s a large grassy area right by the beach, with a place for barbecues or a picnic. There’s loads of parking along the beach and a cafe and toilets nearby.
You can find Stokes Bay at PO12 2TR.
Tanners Beach, Lymington
You can park really close to the beach. Watch the tide though as it can be rough for swimming at times. There are pond weeds too but if the kids just want to throw stones or enjoy a stony beach then this is perfect.
You can find Tanners Beach at Tanners Lane, Lymington SO41 5SP.
Weston Shore, Southampton
Plenty of parking on either end, this is a shingle beach with a playground on the beach and a tarmac path that is perfect for scooters and bikes. There is a small cafe onsite and on a sunny day an ice cream van parks at the other end.
If you keep walking towards Netley, you will come across Victoria Country Park.
You can find Weston Shore at Southampton SO19 9TA.
West Hayling Beach, Portsmouth
Mostly shingle with bits of sand, West Hayling is the home of windsurfing. Sheltered by the West Winner sandbank, you can walk a mile out to sea at low tide. There’s a big car park and a kiosk for snacks nearby plus plenty of toilets.
You can find West Hayling Beach at PO11 0AS.
Rivers in Hampshire
These are the best rivers that you can enjoy on a hot day.
Brockenhurst River Beach, New Forest
Right by Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst River Beach has everything you need to have a fun day out. The river is a great place to go for a paddle. Put your picnic blanket down and enjoy the massive field behind the river.
You can find Brockenhurst River Beach at Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZB.
Chilbolton Cow Common, Stockbridge
With shallow water that you can dip your feet into, Chilbolton Cow Common has everything you need for a great day out. Parking is limited on busy days.
You can find Chilbolton Cow Common at Joy’s Ln, Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20 6BD.
Frensham Great Ponds, Farnham
Frensham Great Ponds has loads to do on a warm day. It has a man-made beach, a big pond, and loads of walking trails that you can enjoy with plenty of shade.
You can find Frensham Great Ponds at GU10 2QB.
Hogmoor Inclosure, Bordon
With a huge lake and playground, Hogmoor Inclosure is a great place to visit on a hot day. They have loads of different trails and places to sit in the shade on a hot day.
You can find Hogmoor Inclosure at Hogmoor Road, Bordon GU35 9HN.
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Puttles Bridge, Brockenhurst
This circular route is a great place to visit on a hot day. It has a river that is great for paddling in and loads of tree shade .
You can find Puttles Bridge at Rhinefield Rd, Brockenhurst SO42 7QB.
River Hamble Country Park, Southampton
Being right on the River Hamble means that you can bring your own kayak or canoe and enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of shoreline in Hampshire. You can take a walk in the lovely river or do some crabbing.
You can find River Hamble Country Park at Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH.
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