This is the second new pool we have discovered this year as part of our annual summer tour of the best fun pools in reach of London. The kids stop training four nights a week with their swimming club for the school summer holidays which leaves a little gap in our aqua life. To find new pools now means searching in ever increasing circles which is how we (i had two 9 year old with me) ended up jumping on a train to Bracknell.
So return train tickets with a plus bus ticket for travel in Bracknell was about £17 for the three of us with a family and friends railcard. Hour on the train and then a bus journey (171 or 172) 10 mins to the middle of nowhere followed by a rather pleasant 10 minute stroll through some woods with iphone in hand tracking our route.
The trek was worth it. This is a seriously good pool. As the signage says "Be excited...." and we were. About £17 for the three of us for a two hour session in the pool...we stayed in a bit longer. An expensive pool but worth every penny. Clean changing facilities, lockers that return your pound coin (I like that.), good showers with free shower gel from dispensers (never seen that at a pool before) and lots of friendly staff. All side show stuff though - the pool is why we are here.
So flumes first....that is really why we had trekked an hour and a half from Waterloo. So 3 flumes on offer - " the snake river flumes"
Python - the family slide - you can ride with a small child with armbands
Anaconda - medium
Boa Constrictor - fast
All the slides were fine for 9 year olds - plenty of younger kids going down the slower two.
Really well designed. Its a long way up the stairs - queuing worked well - unusually you queue on the ground floor and go up the stairs in batches of 7. Queues moved quickly - we had eight goes - and the whole area is heated which makes this a great option in winter. A solid selection - these are long flumes and all of them fun. The Boa constrictor is fast and makes our top 5 - but not the fastest.
Rest of the pool is great fun but not somewhere to swim. This is for splashing and playing - no training here. Its beach style with a giant pirate ship with waterjet cannons, a volcano with the best water jet we have known. No wave machine here - didn't miss it - the water jet spraying across the pool makes its own waves. This was a big hit with the 9 year olds (and me). Great bubbling geysers dotted all over the pool - lots of these - and they were powerful and fun. Couple of rapid style swim around the islands with good jets and geysers - the currents from these were really strong. A lazy river that sweeps outside - really warm water outside even though it was chilly today - I can see this being great on a really hot day. Big bubble bed separate pool, separate jacuzzi pool and a really well designed little kids play area with tipping buckets waterfalls etc..
Has a cafe that you can use from within the pool area. The kids did eat after we swam - basic stuff - chips/fish finger beans and chips. I couldn't face anything but hey we are at a pool I didn't come to eat. Also has saunas and a gym.
This is a pool that is perfect for a family day out whatever the ages of your kids, I know this will become a regular slot on our annual pilgrimage and plan to return again this summer. Says it all......
I took my little one here and although she liked the hour or so we were there I would not recommend. The whole place looks like it has not been painted in years. The changing rooms were covered in old hair and needed a wash too.
There is a little lazy river but it was packed with people and it took about 30 seconds to float around.
There was a jaquizzi/ hot tub but I was not going to sit in there.....it was like having a small bath with a load of strangers.
They have the tubes but there was a massive wait in the freezing cold.
If you have not been to any waterparks in the US or Europe then yes you might like this but if you have don't bother going here. The people who run this should go abroad and see how clean and big other waterparks are and could learn a good lesson.
When I was a kid this was like the coolest thing you could ever do for a birthday party. Three pools, rapids, loads of flumes, a pirate ship, a raining cloud, snakes that shoot you with water, palm trees...I know! How awesome is that!
As a kid this experience is totally a 5 star, pee in the pool with excitement experience, there is a little cafe where you can have chips and fizzy pop with your friends after hours of fun in the pool. As an adult, it holds all the excitement but doesn't quite deliver. We are grown-ups after all and a big plastic snake is only believable up to a point. It's worth it if you really like flumes though as they are pretty fast. I was call in advance first as sometimes they don't have enough staff to have them all open at once.
Gets very busy in the summer holidays.
The queues can be long for the flumes and the water is quite deep at the bottom.
Nice in the evenings as they have adults only sessions.
Free parking, restaurant, saunas and steam rooms.
A superb water leisure facility opposite The Look Out. Coral Reef is designed for leisure swimming primarily with a large free-form pool complete with slides, water cannon, lazy river and toddler pool.
The water is lovely and warm and the air temperature is also very good.
Changing facilities are pleanty and there are good family rooms which are ideal if you go with children.
A cafe and viewing area is to be found at first floor level. The food is OK, nothing special. It's also rather warm up here!
The facilites are well kempt and lifeguards are watchful.
It can get very crowded at peak times but there's always a corner to be found!
The related Sauna World might appeal to the adults in your party.
Joint tickets with The Look Out provide even better value tickets for families and the different venues can be visited on different days.
We also love Coral Reef. The kids always choose it as their treat place to go swimming. The only problem is that in the holidays the queues are out of the door, so you are for a long wait to even get in the place. I personally love going with DH so he takes the kids in the swimming bit and I get to go in Sauna World!
we went here in the half term holiday, arrived around 11am & struggled to find a space in the car park, before embarking on a 1/2 hour queue to get in.
the wrist band system allows you about 2 hours inside
we found the pool to be a little chilly, very busy, & on the whole a quite unpleasant experience
the rapid's are very powerful
there's quite a few water jets all around, so you need to keep your wits about you or you'll have your head knocked off
armbands are freely available to all poolside
there's LOADS of life guards
there's three flumes which, although there's quite a queue, are great
i don't think we'll be going back
Great place to go, especially with kids. They have three different water slide tubes with the medium one being the best in my opinion as the fast one just ended too quickly. They have a lot of themes with a pirate ship and volcano and good facilities. The wave pool isn't really waves like i was expecting, it's more like a river where you can float around in a circle which is nice and relaxing. I would definitely recommend coral reef!
This is a fab place to take your children. There is loads to do for kids of all ages (and planty for adults too). There is a wave machine and water slides and also quite a nice cafe.
The main reason I like Coral Reef is because they operate a tag system so it never gets too crowded even in the summer holidays.
I did not like coral reef very expensive and not much area to swim when gets busy
I have been attending the Sauna World at Coral Reef nearly every weekend since 1993 and I think this is the best place one can go to for such bathing.
There are two Saunas, the mild Tropical and the hot Finnish, along with a Sanarium and Japanese Steam Room which boast an upper and lower tier levels There is also a small gym, which bear the rather posh name of Health Studio. To train in the gym, one must have an induction session, but the current price of £15-00 pays for an overall assessment, including height and weight measurement, blood pressure and level of fitness, and then to be included on a register which allow free use of the gym every time one pays for the use of Sauna World, which also gives full access to the entire Coral Reef pool and flumes.
The only two negative things I can say about Sauna World is that the Plunge Pool water usually gets warm during the summer months, as there is no cooling regulator fitted. And in the gym there is only one elliptical cross-trainer, a frustrating situation if one is tight for time and find somebody else has just began a workout.
Overall, I rate Sauna World as very good and good value for money.
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