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With 2022 set to be one of the hottest summers on record, Molly Miller finds the perfect place to cool off and have fun: Bewl Water Park, located just off the A21 in the largest reservoir in the region.

Pumped up and ready for a hot summer? Nothing evokes “school holidays” better than sun, ice cream and going down huge water slides…

Heading into a banner year, the popular water park which floats on the Bewl Water reservoir in Lamberhurst has made a comeback for the summer, acting as the perfect place to cool off during the heatwave. And after receiving an impressive 42,000 visitors last year, parents should be quick to book tickets.

The course, reminiscent of those used on popular shows like Total Wipeout, has already received incredible feedback from thrill seekers this season with one adventurer describing the experience as “absolutely awesome”.

With 3,000 square meters of pure inflatable fun, the floating obstacle course has been dubbed the UK’s best Wibit outdoor water park after receiving the ultimate expansion in early 2021. The attraction’s success has been driven by its popular features including ice tower, XXL action tower, springboard, twist, balance bar, flip mattress, cliff, monkey bars, water slide, dome, round -point, a halfpipe, hurdles and more, making it a paradise for water park enthusiasts.

One of the main attractions of the park is its popularity with boys, girls, men and women of all ages and while children aged 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the obstacle course, 13-16 year olds can ask their parent or guardian to watch from the shore where they can have a coffee, relax and soak up the sun while Bewl’s lifeguards keep the little ones safe.

“Our amazing reception and lifeguard team look forward to welcoming you to the water park to adjust your wetsuit and buoyancy vest, then they will take you to our floating water park for 50 minutes of fun.”

As with all activities at Bewl Water, bookings can be made easily online, 24/7, and water park tickets cost £21, which includes wetsuit and wetsuit hire. a buoyancy vest. Although bookings can be made locally, availability is limited and costs an additional £4 as opposed to booking through the website.

“We have already taken just under 11,000 bookings so far for the school holidays and urge parents to book now to avoid running out,” said Andrew Daniells, commercial director at Bewl Water.

“Our amazing reception and lifeguard team look forward to welcoming you to the water park to fit your wetsuit and flotation vest, then they’ll take you to our floating water park for 50 minutes of fun,” Daniells continued.

All clients must show up 45 minutes before their session and be able to swim at least 25 meters (82 feet) unaided as the obstacle course promises unbridled energetic excitement.

After a day filled with adrenaline-filled obstacles, you’ll need some fuel. Head back past Bewl Water (just next to the parking lot) where you will find the Waterfront Cafe. Here you can enjoy a selection of light meals, sweet and savory snacks, ice cream and drinks while overlooking the water in this dog-friendly spot. And with miles of beautiful countryside there are also plenty of picnic spots worthy of those wishing to bring their own food…

Bewl Water is owned by Elite Leisure Company, which also owns SO Magazine

Photos © John Knight