The UK’s best water parks you can now visit

THE scorching heatwave is expected to end this weekend, but the sun is expected to continue through next week.

If you’re craving a refreshing swim, we’ve rounded up some of the best water parks – indoor and outdoor – to add to your list to visit this summer across Britain.

Sandcastle Water Park, Blackpool

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Sandcastle Waterpark has 18 slides, including the world’s longest indoor roller coaster water slide, the Master BlasterCredit: Sandcastle Water Park

The UK’s largest indoor waterpark, Sandcastle Waterpark stays tropical at 84 degrees all year round.

Inside are 18 slides, including the world’s longest indoor roller coaster water slide, the Master Blaster.

Guests can even rent VIP Tiki cabins for the day.

Tickets range from £ 12 to £ 22 for the day.

Alton Towers Water Park, Staffordshire

Alton Towers water park is one of the best known in the UK

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Alton Towers water park is one of the best known in the UKCredit: Alamy

Alton Towers Water Park is attached to the theme park, with admission included in ticket offers.

Located inside the Splash Landing Hotel, the 50,000-square-foot Caribbean Lagoon boasts lazy rivers, the Masterblaster wet roller coaster, as well as log canals, slides, and hot tubs.

With a huge glass roof, it allows families to enjoy the park even in bad weather.

Day passes are just £ 16.50 when booked online.

LC Swansea, Wales

LC Swansea is Wales' largest water park

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LC Swansea is Wales’ largest water parkCredit: Alamy

Wales’ largest indoor water park, LC Swansea, features lazy rivers, a wave pool and water slides.

Customers can also try surfing for the first time with similar surf.

If you want to avoid the water, there’s also a 30-foot climbing wall, indoor playground, and attached sports center.

Adult tickets cost £ 8 for the day.

Splashdown Quaywest, Devon

There are two Splashdowns in the UK - although Quaywest is right by the beach

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There are two Splashdowns in the UK – although Quaywest is right by the beachCredit: Alamy

The UK’s largest outdoor water park is Splashdown Quaywest in Devon, although there is a second Splashdown in Dorset.

It has eight water slides, ranging from those suitable for children under 5 to “severe” slides like the Devil’s Drop, the highest and fastest canal in the country.

It sits next to Goodrington Beach for families looking to spend a day by the sea.

Tickets start from £ 14.50 for two hour sessions.

Water world, Staffordshire

Waterworld has the country's first trapdoor water channel

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Waterworld has the country’s first trapdoor water channelCredit: Alamy

Located in Staffordshire, the Waterworld indoor water park offers a number of slides and rides, as well as rapids and a water assault course.

Four new slides were opened in 2019, including the Thunderbolt, the UK’s first hatch water channel

Tickets start from £ 7.95.

Alpamare, Scarborough

Alpamare has its own Alpine Spa which will reopen later this year

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Alpamare has its own Alpine Spa which will reopen later this yearCredit: Tony Bartholomew / Turnstone Media

Alpamare, which opened in 2016, has everything from a wave pool to an outdoor infinity pool.

The water park also features four slides, including the double-tube Olympic track.

The water park also has a huge “alpine-style” spa section for adults, complete with steam rooms and saunas, though that part remains closed until fall 2021 due to renovations.

Tickets start from £ 15 for children and £ 19 for adults.

Blue Lagoon, Wales

The Welsh Blue Lagoon is slightly different from the Icelandic version

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The Welsh Blue Lagoon is slightly different from the Icelandic versionCredit: Alamy

Not to be confused with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, the Welsh Water Park is part of the Bluestone National Park Resort.

It has everything you could possibly want – wave pools, four water channels, and a huge indoor pool.

When the weather permits, there are also outdoor spa pools and lounge chairs.

There are a number of exciting new water parks hoping to open in the next few years across the UK.

A £ 200million water park has been approved to open in Oxfordshire, called the Great Wolf Lodge – and will be the first of its kind outside the US and Canada.

An Indiana Jones-inspired £ 75million water park called Elysium was first announced in 2019 and is hoping to open in Bournemouth.

The massive £ 250million Therme indoor water park and spa is also coming to Manchester.

In the meantime, here are the best water parks in the world, along with the best in Spain.

£ 250million indoor waterpark and spa set to arrive in UK with slides, pools and steam rooms

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