John Coles Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Splash Pads in playgrounds are MY FAVOURITE! I'm excited even typing up this post because we just had the most fun time. I cannot wait to go back!
Kerry and I arranged another super spontaneous trip (this seems to be how our friendship works!) on Monday this week. I had both Phoebe and Leonard at home with me, and the weather was beautiful so we were thinking of things we could do outside. We thought about visiting another National Trust venue, or taking them for a picnic lunch. Then I stumbled across the splash pad at John Coles Park in Chippenham.
This venue, like our last play date, was approximately half way between our homes. I've mentioned before that we live in the middle of nowhere and most places take around an hour to get to. This park was around 45-50 minutes drive for us. The kids are used to these lengths of time in the car so it was absolutely fine.
The website information for the splash pad said that it was open from May, so we really hoped it was switched on while we were there. The playground was amazing anyway, and we had a picnic lunch so the day wouldn't have been wasted if it wasn't. But we were in luck! Kerry tried the button and it didn't come on, so we asked at the refreshments kiosk if it was going to be on and the man kindly told us it switched on at 11am. (We got there at 10am!). AMAZING.
A play in the park, and an hour later, Phoebe pressed the button and switched on the water. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. Sorry about the caps. I'm still excited ha! The kids absolutely loved it, and it's made me so so excited for our family holiday in a couple of weeks. We slapped on suncream (expect my back which I managed to burn and I am so cross with myself for that!!!!!!!), laid out Kerry's giant blanket, all our towels, got the kids into their swimwear, ate our picnic food, splashed all day, and played in the park too. I just had the best day.
We left around 2-2:30 pm feeling content, happy, and so grateful for good friends. Visiting a splash park was on my 'before Phoebe starts school' Bucket List which is now crossed off. But I hope we can do it at least one more time before September!
Do your little ones enjoy splash pads? You can watch the DITL video of our day on my YouTube channel here.