When the weather gets hot this summer it would be a great family day out to one of Manchester’s parks with a paddling pool, play fountains or sandpit. Here are some of the best ones:
Stamford Park has a water feature for children to play in. The park also has a children's play area with equipment to suit a wide range of ages from cradle swings for toddlers through to a zip wire and pyramid slide for older children. There is a boating lake where visitors can hire pedalos, rowing boats, kayaks and water zorbs. A train offers short trips around the park in school holidays and at weekends.
It is open 8am until dusk.
Stamford Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1QZ.
Alexandra Park has a paddling pool and a sandpit area. The park also has a children's play area, a boating lake and free tennis courts. There is playground equipment for disabled children including a hammock swing, a wobbly bridge with wheelchair access and a boardwalk to sand play.
It opens at 9am and closes at dusk.
Kings Road, Oldham, OL8 2BN.
Sandy Lane Park and Aqua Park
Sandy Lane Park is situated upon the banks of the River Dee, approx 2.5 miles east of Chester city centre and includes Sandy Lane Aqua Park and the adjacent play area which looks across the River Dee to the Meadows. The park has beautiful views of the local area, which provides a stimulating play environment and the Aqua Park/Water Park includes a 10 feature spray facility close to a grassed picnic area.
The park is open every day from Friday, 25 March until the end of the season (September). Opening hours are:
Daily: 11am - 5pm (until September)
An attendant is available to ensure that the toilets and the park are kept clean.
Sandy Lane Park is located off Sandy Lane, Chester CH3 5UL.
Heaton Park has a large sandpit area near the children's playground. The facility is free to use. The park has two dedicated children's play areas for children aged three to 14. There is also a boating lake where you can hire rowing boats, the Heaton Hopper train for £1.50 and a free animal centre which houses a variety of animals including pigs, goats, cows, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs.
The park opens at 8am and closes at dusk.
Three main entrances are St Margaret's Road, M25 2GT; Smithy Lodge, M25 2SW; and Sheepfoot Lane, M25 0DL.
Daisy Nook Country Park
At Daisy Nook Country Park there is a playground and a tots lock barge-themed sand area - a narrow boat play feature with sand play areas aimed at under fives. There is also an adventure playscape (designed for six to 14 year olds) with a wetland nature area, log balances, scrambling boulders, cradle swing, rock hill fort and banking slide entrance. There are waterways, a lake, a canal, woodlands and wildflower meadows.
The park is open 9am until dusk.
Stannybrook Road, Failsworth, M35 9WJ.
Congleton Paddling Pool
The outdoor paddling and wading pool at Congleton has toilet facilities and a safety surface surrounding the pool. It is a free to use but there is an 'honesty box' for people to donate towards the running costs. The pool is for under 11s and all children must be accompanied by an adult. A paddling pool attendant is on duty at all times.
Residents-only parking in the area so visitors need to use town centre car parks.
It opens from 10am until 6pm.
Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP.