It wasn’t until England had a nice little heatwave that we started to think about things to do with Daisy that didn’t involve melting. The park wasn’t manageable but we still wanted to be outside. So we started to think about local splash parks – after a bit of ‘googling’ we realised there are a large handful of splash parks semi-local to us. I remember going to splash parks as a young child but couldn’t particularly remember much about them. We thought we’d give Howard Park in Letchworth a go – and we loved it! It wasn’t big at all. It was a lot smaller than I had expected, but that was definitely better in my opinion. It meant we could keep a closer eye on Daisy and still not have to be in the water with her the whole time.
Daisy’s a bit of a clingy child. Clingy in the sense that she doesn’t like to go off on her own. She’ll want an adult with her or at least a few little buddies. But give her water and suddenly all that fear goes away. She’s a little water baby and I knew she’d love the splash park. It cost us 60p to park, 0p entry and that was it. There was a little cafe there but we didn’t buy anything as we went out for lunch afterwards. It’s such a cheap morning or afternoon and I can’t believe we haven’t been sooner. It was tons better than soft play as we could actually sit down on the grass and see Daisy’s every move. Not to mention how refreshing it was for us to dip our feet in.
We’ll 100% be going to more splash parks this summer. We plan to take a picnic and stay a little longer next time! I’ve put together a little list of all the splash parks I can find in Hertfordshire. As you can see – there’s a good handful to pick from. I had no idea half of these even existed. If you scroll a little further then there’s also lots of cute photos of Daisy! #justbecause
Bancroft, Hitchin, SG5 1DD
Small splash park and playground. Bancroft Gardens is situated 2 minutes walk from the town centre.
Harpenden Outdoor Paddling Pool
Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, AL5 2HU
Sportspace Outdoor Pool
Park Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JS
Howard Park and Gardens
Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1NY
Priory Memorial Gardens
Melbourn Street, Royston, SG8 7BZ
Ware Priory Lido
Priory Street, Ware, SG12 9AL
Watford, WD18 7LG
Fairlands Valley Park
Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG2 0BL
West Avenue, Baldock, SG7 5AY