Outdoor pools, paddling pools and lidos across Kent to enjoy this summer

School's out and it's time to dive in to summer and make this one a staycation to savour.

We've picked six places to splash out and enjoy some outdoor fun across Kent.

Dive into the summer holidays
Dive into the summer holidays

Faversham outdoor paddling pool

Faversham Pools' outdoor paddling pool and rapids have not been open since summer 2019, but have now welcomed back swimmers with safety measures in place. The centre's main indoor and outdoor facilities were already up and running too. Swimmers have a choice of two daily sessions, running 9am to 2pm and 2.30pm to close. Capacity will be capped and children under 10 must be accompanied in the water by an adult. Book your swimming slot at favershampools.com

The rapids pool and paddling pool in Faversham have now reopened Picture: Faversham Pools
The rapids pool and paddling pool in Faversham have now reopened Picture: Faversham Pools

Walmer padding pool

The community facility currently has free entry this year, though there are proposals for that to change for 2022.

There is an ice cream kiosk, plenty of inflatables and water shooters as well as mini golf on the green.

The site in Marine Road, Walmer, is open from 10am. Go to the Facebook page to find out more.

Walmer Paddling pool
Walmer Paddling pool

Strand Pool, Gillingham

One of the Towns' most popular leisure attractions, the open-air pool is open daily until Wednesday, September 1.

The venue – now in its 125th year – boasts a leisure pool, 25-metre swim area, 300-metre lazy river and children’s slides. An online pre-booking system is in place with people able to book a morning or afternoon session from noon on Saturday, May 22. Numbers for each session will be limited. Book at medway.gov.uk/strand.

The Strand, Gillingham Picture: Steve Crispe
The Strand, Gillingham Picture: Steve Crispe

Tonbridge Pool

The heated pool just off Tonbridge High Street has a water arch and beach area plus a cafe.

Booking must be done in advance online and numbers of visitors will be limited. Booking for the outside pool starts from 9.15am each day. Book at tmactive.co.uk

Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, Cliftonville

Built so people can bathe in the sea at all states of the tides, this listed four acre site is owned by English Heritage was designed in 1937. It’s three sides of a rectangle, with walls on three sides and a chalk beach floor.

Walpole Bay tidal pool
Walpole Bay tidal pool

The Beach, Bluewater

School's out and the popular outdoor family attraction with paddling pools and water balls is back for a fifth consecutive year. It has deck chairs and fairground rides, including a new attraction, Wipe Out, which includes a ride called Meltdown, waltzers and bumper cars and will run until Sunday, September 5, between 11am and 9pm (weather dependent).

The Beach at Bluewater is back
The Beach at Bluewater is back

Entry costs £3, with tokens for rides and stalls available to buy on site. Pre-book online at thebeachbluewater.com

For more suggestions of things to do with the kids this summer visit www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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