Need to cool down? We’ve put together a list of the best paddling pools, lidos and outdoor pools in Kent and the surrounding area.

Strand Leisure Pool, Gillingham
Pier Approach, Gillingham, ME7 1TT
Open: Every day during the school summer holidays from 11am -5pm (open at weekends during term time).
One of Medway’s top summer attractions, this 25 metre pool features slides and a 300m lazy river. The swimming pool is part of a larger leisure complex with a miniature railway, crazy golf, sports courts, an outdoor gym and a smaller paddling pool for younger children. On site you’ll also find a picnic area and café.
Prices: Adults (16-year-olds and older) £5.00, Juniors (15-year-olds and younger) & Seniors (60-year-olds and older) £3.20, Free for under 16 and 60+ with a Medway City Card
www.medway.gov.uk

Faversham Pools
Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham ME13 8PW
Open: May to September
Faversham’s 33m outdoor pool has three diving boards and a grassy sitting area. There’s also a fun pool with rapids and a separate toddler pool. On site there are toilets, a café and outside kiosk. All children under 8 years of age must be accompanied at all times by an adult of at least 16 years. The maximum ratio is of two children per adult.
Prices: Adult swim (16 and up) £4.20, Adult Peak Swim (25/7/17 – 2/9/17 9:30am – 3:30pm) £5.20, Child swim (3-15 years) £3.20, Child Peak Swim (25/7/17 – 2/9/17 9:30am – 3:30pm) £3.70, Children 2 and under FREE
www.favershampools.com

Tonbridge Outdoor Swimming Pool
Castle Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1HR
Open: From April until the end of September
Tonbridge Swimming Pool has a separate heated outdoor pool that’s a big hit during the summer months. It has water arch, swim through channel to the indoor pools, and a beach area which is handy for little ones. During the busy periods sessions are limited to two hours.
Prices: Adult Member £4.20, Adult Non Member £5.40; Conc Member £2.90, Conc Non Member £3.80; Family (2 adults/2 children) Member £10, Family Non Member £14.20, Leisure Pass Family £5.80, Under 3s FREE
www.tmactive.co.uk

Swanley Park Paddling Pool
New Barn Rd, Swanley BR8 7PW
Open: From late May until September (weather dependent)
Set in 60 arches of out play space with attractions including a large boating lake, mini golf, bouncy castle and a café. The popular paddling pool is free to use and has a water splash area with water jets and streams. There are toilets on site and battery bikes and deck chair available for hire.
swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk/swanley-park

Walmer Paddling Pool
The Strand, Walmer CT14 7HX
Open: daily until September 2017 (weather dependent), 10.00am-6.00pm.
This good sized paddling pool is surrounded by lawns and located next to the beach. A qualified lifeguard on duty. On site there are toilets, changing rooms and a refreshment kiosk. Adjacent there is a children’s play area.
Prices: FREE with a charge for use of bouncy castle, putting green and deck chairs.
yourleisure.uk.com

Charlton Lido, SW London
Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Rd, London SE18 4LX
Open: 7 days a week during the summer months, with restricted opening at other times.
Charlton Lido is an Olympic sized, outdoor heated (25 degrees) pool. A large section of the pool is open for leisure/casual swimming, with around 4 lanes sectioned off for length swimmers. Non-members are asked to pre-book a swim session online before their visit.
Prices: Adult £6.00, Junior £4.00, Senior £3.00, Family £18.00. Discounted prices for swim card holders.
www.better.org.uk