Water World – Stoke
Recommend : Yes
Webpage : https://www.waterworld.co.uk/
Great waterpark, would I recommend paying for the full day? No. I don’t think this was actually policed therefore if I went again I would be a bit of a cheap arse and just pay the half day rate.
I’m not a strong swimmer, some would say I can’t swim (this wouldn’t be far from the truth) so going into this day with my best friend and our two kids, well it was a day I wanted over quickly – sorry Jess, I just don’t like swimming! However once in, it was great!!! Seb and Ellie (his friend) ran straight up to one of the slides and got rite stuck in!
Oh boy, there was a moment in the large swimming pool where Seb swam out further than I could stand, despite him being a great swimmer he grabbed onto me and I actually thought, this is it! I am going to drown in a pool full of half-naked strangers and screeching kids, not the way I pictured my death. After a couple minutes I managed to pull us back to the 4ft nothing part of the pool! Bad mum moment, I told him off for what was my fault for not being any good at swimming!
The waterslides were great FUN!!! Seb and Ellie are both 7 and I’d say of average height. They both managed to do almost everything! The queues for the slides got larger throughout the day but it was always moving so not too bad. Seb’s favourite slide was the one you sit on a rubber ring and get shot around. The only way I can describe it is that it’s like a rollercoaster but on water! It was so funny because I went before the kids to make sure an adult was at the bottom and the states of fear on their faces as they came to the end was cracking!! They both shot up shouting let’s do it again!
I’m not great with remembering names but they had around 5 or 6 large water slides and a couple smaller slides, including a play area. I seen some 3 and 4 year old’s going on them so when Seb started the waterworks at the prospect of the smaller slides, I did the mean “Look, they’re not crying and their much younger than you” approach. A couple of the slides were still full of turns and twists but they weren’t super daunting and the big splash at the end wasn’t terrifying. There was however one slide that we didn’t let the kids go on, which thinking back… Why not! They’re both great swimmers, the thing I didn’t like was that they dropped into a 2 metre pool of water, put me rite off! When we go back, I will take the plunge.
(WARNING MASSIVE WEDGY ALERT).
How could I forget…. There was a corporal life guard!
Ellie was kicked in the face in the pool and as soon as we submerged from the water, he was straight over with the health and safety booklet and requesting a lady get ice, I mean the speed of the whole thing was impressive, well… it was impressive until me and Seb sat down later with our butties and as soon as I unfolded the tinfoil he was back over “Sorry you are not allowed to eat your own food!”. Did he really believe I was going to bin my pre-packed lunch and buy one of their burger meals for £7!? Bugger off! So lunch became a mission of stealth! I must admit, it made me fuller for longer eating so slowly.
Jess went to take a picture of the kids while they were sat down on the deck chairs, guess who came straight over! Yurp, watching us like a hawk! Apparently it is frowned upon to take photos of your own children. I wouldn’t usually mind, however, there was a man on the other side of the pool with a huge professional looking Nikon! Not to sound like my Mum but back when I was younger any trip out was caught on camera and now if you hit her with the “We never did anything as kids” she whacks out the “Oh really…. Nothing” while getting the picture case out! What kind of kiss my ass am I going to be able to present to Seb when he’s older? The worlds gone Mad! MAD!!
WARNING! There are some hidden nasties such as Parking, £3.50!!! They charge you £17.49 per person and parking on top! I thought that was a bit of a joke until I got inside and had to pay for a family locker on top of that! £3 and a £1 refund.. I love when companies word it like that, as if their doing you some great service, they give you £1 back!
All in all, I would definitely go again! Just not in a great hurry.