Update Saturday 25th May 2019- The paddling pool in the Valley Gardens is now full! **This is not a drill!** It’s officially now summer in Harrogate!
So at this time of year, everyone is asking: When do the paddling pools get filled? We’ll we’ve got it on good authority from the council that they will be filled and ready for splashing by Bank Holiday Monday (27th May 2019)
There are 3 council provided paddling pools in our area..
The three pools are free to use and are open from May bank holiday, at the end of May, to the first week in September. All the paddling pools will be emptied on 9 September 2019.
Just so you know (We love a bit of ‘elf & safety here at Harrogate Mumber!) keeping the paddling pools clean & safe is no mean feat and the council do the following to make sure that our little ones can enjoy the summer splashing safely!
“All the pools are emptied, cleaned and refilled at least twice a week, (usually on a Monday and a Friday) This can take up to six hours, so be aware of this if you’re planning a visit!
As part of a strict maintenance regime, each pool is visited by staff who:
For more info visit harrogate.gov.uk
If you’re looking for other places to paddle then visit our “Best Places to Paddle” page
The outdoor heated swimming pool and children’s paddling pool is located next door to the Deer House Pub, within Rudding Holiday Park.
The pool is extremely popular and so booking is essential. To book contact Rudding Holiday Park reception on 01423 870439
The pool will be open to the general public during the summer at selected times from 9.30am-5.30pm for 90 minute sessions.
N.B Swimmers will be asked to leave the pool 10 minutes prior to the end of session to allow time for changing. Children under age 10 must be supervised by a responsible adult by the pool side at any one time. Maximum of 40 swimmers permitted in the pool at any time. Management reserve the right to close the pool at any time.
£4.75 per session. Under 5 free. Booking essential. To book contact Holiday Park reception on 01423 870439, option 1.
There is a lot of fun to have at Bolton Abbey including 60 stepping stones and a large beach area where you can enjoy a paddle and a picnic – but maybe not at the same time!
Cost: £10 per car (2019)
“Burnsall is a great spot but its popular so gets very busy You can pay about £5 to park in the field by the river where you can have a paddle and picnic. There’s a toilet block too. The pub across the road is nice too and you can walk along the river from there.” FW July ’13
“Filey is great with a huge stretch of beach to stroll along. There is one arcade on the front at the north bay I think it is,with a fab cafe that do home made cakes & hot choc next door & fish & chips few shops up also!” SW March ’14
Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales within a steep rocky gorge of the River Ure. You can take a walk through the woods and paddle in the river and streams. Find out more on the Woodland Trust website. It’s 18 miles from Harrogate on the outskirts of the village of Grewelthorpe.
Nearest postcode: HG4 4DY
Ilkley Lido is a fantastic outdoor swimming and paddling pool, open May- September but please double-check with the Lido before going!
There is a cafe serving food, drinks and ice-creams. The opening times depend on the weather, its best to ring first to check the cafe is open if you are unsure. There are also vending machines.
You can take your own food & drink and there are picnic tables for you as well.
Ilkley Pool & Lido
Tel: 01943 600453
Head to Newby Hall if you want a fab family day out with plenty to do, including getting wet in Tarantells dancing water play area by Willian Pye. You can explore the beautiful gardens and take a ride on the miniature railway. There are play areas, peddle boats & a cafe.
Cost 2019: (Gardens only) Child £10, Adult £13, under 4s free. Train tickets £2.50 per person (under 2s free)
At the bottom of the show ground carpark in Harrogate there is a river which is great for paddling in. Either park at the Squash club and walk from the top end or park near Fodder. Why not make a day of it & buy your picnic from Fodder or finish off with tea in the Travellers Rest which is just a short walk away (and has a great kids menu & is dog friendly too)
There are 3 council provided paddling pools in our area.
The three pools are free to use and are open from May bank holiday, at the end of May, to the first week in September.
“Saltburn is beautiful. You can walk for miles along the beach. Theres a small pier and also if you walk the other way theres a fish/chip shop. Over the roads a park as well. On the front of the pier theres a small ‘penny arcade’. . Have fun !” JM Mar ’14
“Whitby! Good fish and chips and there are arcades too! Go to Hadleys if you go-best fish and chips!x
FP Mar ’14
“I will second Whitby. All you could want in a seaside town and still a little traditional town” EL Mar ’14
“We love Whitby…fun climbing steps to abbey and some fab sweet shops” LP MAr ’14
“We recently had a lovely family weekend in Whitby …. would highly recommend x LC Mar ’14