10 ways to … get wet whatever the weather in swimming pools, paddling places, beaches and lakes around Norfolk and Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 15:28 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 03 August 2017
Water, water everywhere - fun in the wet this summer
1 With an ocean of fun rippling around our coastline, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming in the sea. Families keen to head to clean, safe beaches should look for the Blue Flag award and lifeguards trained by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, both found at beaches including Sheringham, Sea Palling and Southwold.
2 Get wet undercover – your local swimming pool is packed with watery fun. Make a splash at a pool with slides or flumes such as Breckland Leisure Centre and Waterworld in Thetford, Crown Pools in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, Haverhill Leisure Centre or Bungay Leisure Centre.
3 When the weather, waves and tides are right, ride the surf with your body-board. Try Lowestoft or Corton in Suffolk, Cromer or Mundesley in Norfolk.
4 If it’s not quite hot enough to tempt you into the sea, search out indoor waves at pools including Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre in Sheringham, the Marina Fitness and Leisure Centre in Great Yarmouth and the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury
5 Take a dip outdoors in a lido. Beccles Lido is heated, idyllically sited next to the River Waveney, has a separate baby and toddler pool and a terrace and grassy area to relax/pluck up the courage to swimn.
6 Go rock-pooling. Okay, you don’t have to get wet, but the chances are that someone will join the underwater creatures in their miniature low-tide worlds. Great rock-pooling beaches include West Runton and Hunstanton in Norfolk, or try Felixstowe in Suffolk.
7 There are fountains of fun in Lowestoft where the Royal Plain fountains send jets of water up into the air, accompanied by music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and, as night falls, colourful lighting too. The 74 fountains delight children (and adults) who can run through the spray from 9am-10pm (8pm on Mondays,) with the musical display taking place every 30 minutes from 10am and lights joining in from dusk.
8 Organised open water ssessions for serious swimmers are held at Fritton Lake and Whitlingham Broad in Norfolk and Alton Water Reservoir in Suffolk.
9 Dive in. Fancy taking the plunge head-first? Public pools with diving boards include Colchester Leisure World.
10 Paddle in the park. Toddlers and small children will love the splash-pad at Waterloo Park, Norwich, or the paddling pool at Bourne Park in Ipswich.