Last chance: swim in the Royal Docks lido


Last chance: swim in the Royal Docks lido

UPDATE 07/08/2020: Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no Kids Summer Splash in 2020. The Royal Docks team will be announcing alternative events in the coming weeks.

One last hot and sunny Bank Holiday weekend of the summer is on the cards. That's right, this Saturday is promising to be a toasty 29 degrees — the perfect time for a dip in the dock at our Kids Summer Splash programme.

Here's everything you can enjoy at Kids Summer Splash:

Paddle in the pool. Our padding pool is for under 12s and their carers. No need to book for this one, just turn up and splash.

Swim in the dock. Dock Pool is our free lido and its waters are a blissful 20 degrees. It's up to 1.5m deep, so it's for confident swimmers and under 8s will need an adult by their side.

We encourage you to book in advance using the NOWCA ACTiO App available on Android or Apple App Store. But if apps make you unhappy, then our staff on site are equipped with iPads to take you through the sign-up process.

Snacks, sandcastles, and more. Bring a picnic for the beach or grab a bite to eat from the Snack Shack, manned by the Good Hotel. Every Monday, there are also free open water swimming lessons for children, and there's still chance to catch the final session on Monday 26 August. And don't forget to check out the sounds of the Certain Blacks Ensemble Festival right next to the pool in the Crystal gardens on Saturday 24 August.

Facilities and accessibility. There are rinse showers on site, and shelving for bags (although no lockers). Kids Summer Splash is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. For more info, check out our FAQs and accessibility info.

Attendees enjoying the Royal Docks paddling pool

Padding pool

Our pool is for under 12s and their carers, and there's no need to book.

Crowd of people on the Royal Docks beach

Sand and deckchairs

You're welcome to bring a picnic or pick up a drink and a bite from the Good Hotel's Snack Shack on site.

The Snack Shack

Dock Pool

There's no age limit for our lido, but under 8s need an adult with them at all times. Book using the NOWCA ACTiO App available on Android or Apple App Store.