Best water parks in Sussex
Sussex has a long stretch of coastline with some excellent beaches and clean seas. However, despite the sunny weather of the South, conditions aren’t always ideal for swimming. Fortunately, Sussex has plenty to choose from in the way of water-based facilities including lidos, leisure centres and aqua parks. This means that you will have somewhere to splash around on those days when swimming in the sea isn’t an option.
Whether you’ve got some water babies with you or are simply looking to escape the summer heat yourself, we’ve got the ideal destination for you in this list of the best water parks in Sussex. All these options are within a short drive from our Combe Haven and Church Farm holiday parks. So, before you grab your swimming costumes, goggles, water wings and towels you can make sure you get the right venue for you.
Combe Haven Holiday Park
Address: Harley Shute Rd, Hastings, Saint Leonards-on-Sea TN38 8BZ
Choosing a holiday park with an indoor swimming pool and facilities guarantees weatherproof fun. At Combe Haven Holiday Park, we may enjoy above average hours of sunshine for the UK, but we make sure to give you a more than adequate backup. In fact, the indoor pool facilities at Combe Haven (SplashZone) are second to none.
With Aqua Jets and Aqua Paddlers to enjoy, your kids won’t know where to start. The Space Bowl flume is a fitting centrepiece, while the panoramic views of historic Hastings that you’ll be treated to from the top are just the icing on the cake.
Arundel Lido, Arundel
Address: Queen St, Arundel BN18 9JG
Our favourite water park in Sussex! The water is clean, warm and there cannot be a better backdrop to swim with than Arundel Castle. While the lido is closed for the winter, it’s a hive of activity in the summer and is particularly popular among the locals. In fact, it has become so popular in recent years that getting hold of tickets can actually be a little difficult.
It’s not surprising as it is undeniably a lovely spot, but we’d recommend that you book well in advance. There are a range of options from adult lane swimming to casual paddling and family swims, too. The Bootcamp sessions are also great with outdoor circuits in the company of a friendly bunch of fitness fans.
Saltdean Lido, Brighton
Address: The Oval Park, Saltdean Park Road, Saltdean, Brighton BN2 8SP
Built in the 1930s, this beautiful Art Deco lido is one of the only Grade II-listed swimming pools in the UK. Once branded as "the seventh wonder of the English seaside", it fell into disrepair before being refurbished in 2017. The pool retained its beautiful architecture but is now a great temperature, refreshingly clean, and carefully managed to avoid overcrowding.
The crescent-shaped tank is a safe place for serious swimmers, day-trippers and families thanks to the staff presence who are all competent and well-versed at making sure people have an enjoyable visit.
Bewl Water Aqua Park, Lamberhurst
Address: Bewl Water, Bewlbridge Ln, Lamberhurst, Wadhurst TN3 8JH
When it opened in 2019, the Bewl Water Aqua Park soon became one of the most popular summer attractions in the Southeast. The 3,000 square metre reservoir-based floating obstacle course owes its popularity to the hordes of adventure seekers and sport enthusiasts that have visited to enjoy it over the last few years.
In 2021 even more elements were added to the floating, making the course bigger than ever, and the stock of wetsuits has also been increased to 500 to account for its popularity, these come in all sizes from six years old and up. The fun is certainly not limited to kids - couples, groups of friends, and even bigger groups such as hen and stag parties all welcome at Bewl Water.
Chichester Watersports, Chichester
Address: Coach Rd, Chichester PO18 0NX
Chichester Watersports is the home of water-based activities in West Sussex, just a 20-minute drive away from Haven Church Farm Holiday Park. There’s so much on offer at this freshwater lake measuring around 40 acres - from wakeboarding to stand up paddleboarding and kayaking. Online booking is easy and wetsuits are available to hire for a reasonable cost. It couldn’t be more convenient, so why not try a new water sport on your visit to Sussex?