The New Forest is a treasure trove of leisure and play centres, jam-packed with fun for the whole family. Perfect for those rainy days, keep the kids entertained for hours and get involved in fun-filled family activities…
Romsey Sports Centre and Rapids
(Tel: 01794 835550 | Address: Southampton Rd, Romsey, SO51 8AF)
Why visit? A 25 metre swimming pool with a rapids channel, a flume, tipping bucket and bubble seats, Romsey Rapids is a supercharged swimming experience. Complete with a toddler area featuring a pirate galleon and mini slide, it’s fun for all ages. There’s adventure golf and an outdoor children’s play park, too!
Monkey Madness Play Centre
(Tel: 01202 481015 | Address: Reid Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2BT)
Why visit? Offering premier soft play Monkey Madness is the ultimate zappy, zealous fun zone. With two play frames – one created for the under 4’s – kids can enjoy the attraction’s three-lane astra slide as they plummet into the ball pit below, the spiral tube slide, the aerial runway and a maze of tunnels. It’s great for monkeying around!
Lemur Landings Soft Play Centre
(Tel: 01202 740500 | Address: Tower Park, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY)
Why visit? The Lemurs have landed with an all-out, children’s entertainment and soft play attraction, packed with activities. The incredible role play village and climbing zone – with its very own Digi-Wall and lo-ropes for tiny tykes – are great for exploring and learning. Captain Lewey Lemur can’t wait to welcome you.
Tower Park Entertainment Centre
(Tel: 01202 722917 | Address: Dorset, Yarrow Road, Poole, BH12 4NY)
Why visit? A jumbo entertainment attraction, Tower Park is home to a bumper load of activities including tenpin bowling, a cinema, the Splashdown waterpark, soft play, bingo and a colossal number of restaurants. Whatever the weather, Tower Park is a top-notch attraction for full-on action.
(Tel: 01202 055500 | Address: Chaseside, Bournemouth, BH7 7DX)
Why visit? Spanning 47 acres of pristine parkland, the Littledown Centre is a lively, action-packed attraction. Home to fair ground rides, indoor soft plays, outdoor obstacle courses, swimming pools and more, Littledown is a fully-loaded facility that gets all ages active.
New Forest health and leisure centres
If you would like to find your nearest swimming pool in the New Forest, the following leisure centres provide a variety of facilities from gyms to pools, saunas and play areas:
Applemore leisure centre - Claypits Lane, Dibden, Southampton, SO45 5TN
Lymington swimming pool - North Street, Pennington, Lymington, SO41 8FZ
Ringwood leisure centre - Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood, BH24 1PX
New Milton - Gore Road, New Milton, BH25 6RR
Why visit? The 25 metre pool hosts a bounty of fun-filled activities. Do you dare take on the pool inflatable challenge? A true test of skill, concentration and nerves as you battle your way across the length of the pool faced by inflatable obstacles! With basketball, badminton and table tennis too, there’s hours of fun to be had.
Totton - Water Lane, Totton, Southampton, SO40 3GX
Why visit? With an Olympic-sized swimming pool, you can enjoy a mix of lane swimming and free swimming sessions. Boasting a sauna and steam room, you can really relax and unwind. For a more active experience try out the gym facilities with more than 50 fitness stations, while the kids can try out mini trampolines and more!
There’s no shortage of supercharged fun to be had at New Forest leisure centres and play zones. They’re a great way to enjoy a rainy day when camping. Have fun!
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