5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle

Prices and info checked in January 2022. Please always check details with venues direct when making plans and before heading out. There are (ad) affiliate links in this post.

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle
Credit Calypso Cove 


I would strongly recommend checking for any slide / activity height restrictions and admissions policies (with adult:child ratios) with venues if you are going to book somewhere to avoid any disappointments. Information may have changed after this post was published and it is always important to check with venues direct.

I would recommend booking sessions in advance of your visit and reading through all of the safety/guidance on their website before you do.

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One last thing before we jump in, if you are looking for outdoor swimming pools near Newcastle, check out this link: Outdoor Swimming Pools near Newcastle 


Blackpool Sandcastle 

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Blackpool Sandcastle
Credit : Sandcastle Waterpark 


Sandcastle Waterpark is the UK's largest indoor waterpark with more than 18 slides and attractions including the world's largest indoor roller coaster waterslide, wave pool and master blaster. 

Admission covers a 3 hour session and is £12-£22 per person. Under 3s go free. You can check opening times here. 



Supervision is as follows: 
  • All children under the age of 11 need to be supervised by an adult 
  • 1 adult can supervise one child aged 3 years or younger 
  • 1 adult can supervise 2 children aged 3-7 years 
  • 1 adult can supervise 2 children over the age of 8 who are weak or non-swimmers (cannot swim 25m)
You can find lots of info re:access on their website here or call their dedicated access hotline. 

There are lots of facilities at Sandcastle Waterpark including VIP Cabanas, waterside snack bar, swimming aids, pram storage, family changing rooms and more. 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is just across the road and the Big Blue Hotel is super convenient if you wish to make a weekend of it. You can read my full guide to visiting Blackpool here. 




Alpamare Scarborough 

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Alpamare Scarborough
Credit. : Alpamare

Alpamare Scarborough is a popular waterpark with followers and somewhere I see recommended time and time again. It is part indoor, part outdoor but the outdoor area is heated and I've heard it's fine in all weathers. 

Waterpark admission (peak) is as follows: 
  • Swimmers aged 16+ - £18 
  • Spectator - £10 
  • Child aged 6-15 - £14 
  • Child aged 1-5 - £5 
  • Child under 1 - Free 
Sessions last for 3 hours. I can't seem to find any info re: their supervision policy - please let you know if you spot this and I will add the info to my post. 

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Alpamare Scarborough Map


There are lots of facilities to enjoy including a wave pool, warm outdoor pool, splash pool, infinity pool plus 4 big waterslides and a bar and cafe. There is a spa on site but this is chargeable separately. 

We love visiting Scarborough and would recommend the Sands Apartments which are next to the swimming pool or the Camping and Caravanning Club Campsite which is a very short drive (or walk). We stayed in their Ready Camp tents a few years ago. 

If you are looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful, Premier Inn rooms are available from around £35 for a family of 4 (Scarborough North Bay is the closest) and there are three Haven Holiday sites to choose from which are a short drive / bus ride away (I recommend Blue DolphinPrimrose Valley or Reighton Sands. 


You can read my guide featuring other things to do in North Bay Scarborough here. 






Calypso Cove Waterpark Barnsley 


5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Calypso Cove Barnsley
Credit : Calypso Cove

Calypso Cove claim they have some of the fastest waterslides in the UK. The theme park is pirate themed and you can walk the plank, race your mates on splash ahoy or choose your own music when you ride the kraken. There is also a cafe on site. 




Prices are pretty reasonable but sessions are only for 1.5 hours. A family swim is £25-£29. Their admissions policy is as follows: 

  • All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by someone aged 16+ in the water 
  • Under 4 years - one adult can accompany one child who is not wearing buoyancy aids or two children who are wearing buoyancy aids. 
  • 4-7 years - one adult can accompany two children (with or without buoyancy aids)
  • Mixed ages (aged 8 or under) - one adult can accompany two children if both are wearing buoyancy aids or one is wearing a buoyancy aid and the other can swim 50m

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Calypso Cove Barnsley
Credit : Calypso Cove 


If you are looking for somewhere to stay, this Premier Inn is a 0.5 mile walk from Barnsley Town Centre / the waterpark and is available from £35 per room per night. Interconnecting rooms are also available. 





Time Capsule Waterpark (Lanarkshire)

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Time Capsule Waterpark
Credit : Time Capsule 


There is lots to enjoy at Time Capsule including 10m high storm chasers, a lazy river with rapids at the end and a tornado wave pool. Younger kids will enjoy cove island where little ones can splash around and enjoy smaller slides. 

There is also a 25m swimming pool and an ice rink, soft play and cafe on site (chargeable separately). 

Admission is super reasonable. I can't find out how long sessions are - I assume they are an hour in length but this has not been confirmed. 

  • Adults : £8.10 
  • Junior (aged 5+) : £6.10 
  • Junior (3 & 4 years) : £3.40 
  • Seniors : £4.50 




Admission policy is as follows: 
  • All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied in the water by someone aged 16+ at all times 
  • Children under 4 must be accompanied in the water by an adult on a 1:1 basis 
  • Two children aged 4-7 can be supervised by one adult in the water 
If you are looking for somewhere to stay nearby, this Premier Inn is less than 3 miles away and offers free parking. You are only 20 miles from Falkirk too if you fancy making a weekend of it. Check out this post featuring 50+ things to do in Falkirk for more ideas. 









Huddersfield Leisure Centre Splash Park 

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Huddersfield Leisure Centre
Credit : Huddersfield Leisure 

This waterpark features a range of slides for all ages alongside water buckets, water jets, a lazy river and fun pool. 

Sessions last for 60 minutes and there is an option to book a session specifically aimed at families with children under 5 too. 

5 Waterparks within a 3 Hour Drive of Newcastle  - Huddersfield Leisure Centre
Credit: Huddersfield Leisure 

Prices are super reasonable at £18.95 for a family pass with slides (2 adults and 1 child/1 adult and 3 children). 


Admissions policy is as follows....

All children under the age of 8 should be accompanied by someone aged 16+

Within the main pool: 
  • One adult should accompany two children aged 4-8 years (non swimmers should wear buoyancy aids) 
  • One adult should accompany one child under the age of 4 
Within the small pool: 

  • One adult can accompany two children under the age of 4
  • One adult can accompany two children where one is under the age of 4 and one is aged 4-8 years if they are both wearing buoyancy aids 
  • On adult can accompany three children aged 4-8 years if they are all wearing buoyancy aids 

If you are looking for somewhere to stay, this Premier Inn is around 1 mile from the leisure centre,  has family rooms from £35 with free parking. Interconnecting rooms are also available and it looks like a nice location overlooking the canal. 




A big emission from this list is Splash Landings at Alton Towers, however it takes 3.5-4 hours to get there so is a little too far to be included. It might be worth checking out Alton Towers Short Breaks here though as they often have good deals, especially in winter when the main theme park is closed and you can still access the waterpark. 

If your kids really love waterparks, you could also book Center Parcs where you can enjoy unlimited access to their waterpark after 6pm and up to 3 sessions during the day during a weekend break (this is subject to change). We have booked a Center Parcs break soon and will be making the most of this. January is usually the cheapest time to go. 

Don't forget to check out our guide to outdoor Swimming Pools near Newcastle too. 

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