A Day Out at Waterworld
Located just a short 30-minute drive from Eagle House Eccleshall, Waterworld is a paradise for those seeking aquatic adventures in Staffordshire.
With its impressive array of thrilling water rides, serene pools, and captivating attractions, Waterworld offers a truly unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. The Aqua Park has 15 different waterslides, three pools, rapids and a wave machine. There’s also the outdoor pool for but I can’t comment on that as it was raining on the day we went.
Fun for all ages
Waterworld offers a wide range of water slides suitable for all ages. When we visited, our group consisted of two adults and three children aged 13, 8, and 6.
If you’re taller than 1.2m, you can try out all the rides except Thunderbolt, which has a minimum height requirement of 1.4m. Some slides require a minimum height of 1.1m or 1.2m. However, even if you’re below 1.1m, there are still plenty of activities to keep you entertained. During our visit, the height restrictions were strictly enforced, so it’s crucial to ensure you meet the requirements before waiting in line. While we were there, they even flattened one child’s spiky hair and informed them they were too short!
But Waterworld isn’t just about slides. It also boasts other exciting features such as rapids, a wave machine, a bubble pool, and a kids’ water play structure, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.
If you are thinking of traveling with kids, the list below shows what slides they will be able to ride, depending on their height.
|Height||Number of rides available|
|Less than 1.1m||8 (Super flume, Family Multislide, Python, Black hole, Two Jungle Flumes, Two Toddler Slides)|
|Between 1.1m and 1.2m||11 (Twister, Nucleus, Space Bowl plus all rides above)|
|Between 1.2m and 1.4m||14 (Stormchaser, Cyclone, Hurricane plus all rides above)|
|More than 1.4m||15 (Thunderbolt plus all rides above)|
Our Favourite Bits
Only two of us met the minimum height requirement and had the courage to try Thunderbolt, but we both absolutely loved it. Despite the 20-minute wait being the longest line, the thrilling experience was well worth it. Thunderbolt is a unique “trap door” slide where you’re dropped vertically into the slide. The anticipation builds as you watch others drop and hear their exhilarating screams. We’ve been to several water parks, but have seen nothing similar in the UK.
This attraction was a hit with our group because everyone could participate. With its four side-by-side lanes, it’s perfect for a friendly race.
This particular slide made me a bit dizzy, but the kids adored it. It provides a thrilling spinning experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.
This ride offered tremendous fun as you’re propelled along on a rubber ring by powerful jets of water. Prepare to be forced uphill as well as downhill, adding an extra element of excitement to the adventure.
If you plan to visit during the school holidays, like we did, keep in mind that Waterworld is open from 10:00 to 18:00. Since holidays attract a large number of visitors, you’ll be given a three-hour time slot. Arriving early might grant you a slightly quieter experience inside (although things quickly get busy), but expect a substantial queue to get into the building. Instead, consider waiting until after lunch. Around 16:30, the crowd starts to thin out, allowing you to make the most of the last hour and a half with fewer people around.