We soon realised that Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld is a bit of a hidden gem. There is plenty of parking which is £3 for the day. The water park is made up of two large lakes. The largest has sandy beach areas to enjoy. There are also lots of grassy areas to run, play and have a picnic. We had bought buckets and spades with us so the boys had a good play on the beach are before we had a walk round. They were able to paddle in the lake altbough swimming is not allowed. On our walk we found that there is a path giving access to a large and lovely playground (not part of the water park). We headed in here for our picnic, the boys could play and Barney could explore safely in a fenced in area.
Playworld is an outdoor adventure playground located just across from the lakes. There is a charge of £3 per child(under 2's and adults go free). Inside is a huge tower slide which Seb decreed the best slide ever! Along with the slide is a zip wire and various other play equipment to challenge older children. On the other side is a sandy area for younger children with more play equipment. There is also a jumping pillow which we all had great fun on. This is such a great area, it is really well maintained and supervised. All three boys really enjoyed themselves.
Before heading home we popped into the Lakeside cafe for an ice lolly. As well as a cafe it also has a small soft play area inside. There is also a seperate beach shop (it was closed when we visited) and toilet facilities at the water park and pedalos to hire in school holidays and on weekends.
Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. We will definitely be back over the coming months and years.
Why not take a look at some of our other family days out in Yorkshire?