There’s a new water park not far from west London and it’s three times bigger than the one before with loads of new and different obstacles.
Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park is a huge, inflatable Total Wipeout style obstacle course floating on water with slides, trampolines, monkey bars, climbing frames and more.
If you visited the water park at Thorpe Lakes last year, you will notice that the new park, designed by a company called AquaGlide, is completely different in 2018.
The park is more than 1,500 square metres big with more than 20 different obstacles to negotiate – some are great for the kids and some are a real challenge for adults.
It is just down the M25 near Thorpe Park – in good traffic that’s less than a 30 minute drive from Hounslow and just over 40 minutes if you live as far as Harrow, according to AA Route Planner .
Thorpe Lakes operations director Ben Cordery said: “We have been up and running since the first weekend of May and have been flat out since. It has proved a real hit and we are looking forward to going to seven days a week very soon.”
He added: “Our new park promotes a safe and exciting family focused day out. We cater for everyone from age six-plus and the park represents that with beginner and advanced areas.
“Located on a picturesque lake side setting with the ability to add on banana boat rides, barbecues and ice creams Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park has become the closest beach side get away to London.”
Here is all you need to know about the new course.
What are some of the main features?
Two giant inflatable sides: There are at the back end of the course with huge steps to climb up and smaller steps to climb the outsides!
Jungle Joe: A massive pyramid climbing frame with a walk the plank and slide option to get back down to the water once you have climbed it.
Kaos: This favourite is a large semi inflated dome which acts like a bouncy castle. When you jump with all your friends at the same time one person is guaranteed to bounce off into the water. Other great games to play on it include king of the dome and a race around the edge.
Extra large water trampoline: This floating trampoline is a great addition and will give you a real thrill when you spring off the edge into the water.
Monkey bars: Monkey bars as you know them but suspended over the water. These challenging bars go from low to a high point in the middle and back down again. Getting from one side to the other is a real challenge so watch out you don’t plunge into the lake.
Neptune: This is a narrow pipe to walk along with uprights taking up the whole width to climb around. It’s very difficult and to get from one platform to another will require you to step along the plank and negotiate the uprights as you try to pass around the edges.
Giant Thunder Dome: A huge climbing frame in a dome shape to either go under, through or over the top.
Kids' Thunder Dome: If you are a little nervous of the big dome then this one is a little smaller and closer to the water.
Two Foxtrots: Walk the planks – can you make it from one end to the other along the thin and slippery rounded pipes.
Jungle Jims: There are lots of these square climbing frames surrounded by the lake – one wrong step and into the water you go.
Tangos: These mini trampolines dotted all around the park if you fancy a jump and splash into the lake at any point.
Plus: Lots of slippery walkways, stepping stones and rest mats.
How old do you have to be to go on Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park?
Everyone, adults and children, from age six can have a go. Children under eight have to have a parent accompanying them.
Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park is a family and child focused park and a lot of the time it is younger groups of children and families out on the inflatable.
There are sessions just for under 13s and under 18s and only adults accompanying the children can join the under 13 and under 18 sessions.
This means children and families can enjoy themselves in their own sessions.
Large adult groups are allowed out on the park in their own adult sessions at 2pm and 5pm.
Do I have to be able to swim?
You need to be able to swim 50 metres unassisted with a life jacket on. You will end up in the water, your head is likely to go underwater and there is a short swim to get onto the aqua park from the start dock.
How long does a session last?
Each sessions last 55 minutes with a five minute safety briefing at the start.
On arrival you check in at reception and pick your tickets up and wetsuits if you decide to hire them. Once changed you make your way to the park where you meet the dock marshal who will issue your life jackets and give you a safety briefing. Then it’s time to hit the park.
How many people can go on it at once?
80 people go on the park at any one time.
Can I just watch my family or friends from the side?
Yes, there is a dry viewing platform area where you can relax and take photos and a stationary aqua park bus which you can sit in if it is raining. Access is free around site for all spectators and there is no limit per group. Entry is free for spectators.
When is Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park open?
Before the summer holidays the water park is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and on Saturdays and Sundays all day from 11am to 7pm.
From Monday, July 23 until Sunday, September 9 it will be open all day every day.
From Thursday, September 13 it then goes back to four day a week openings.
The park is open for the season until Sunday, September 30 but check the website because if the weather stays good it may open for a bit longer.
Keep an eye of the website for exact times and availability.
It stays open in bad weather – it is more challenging and fun as the park becomes more slippery.
How much does it cost?
It costs £15 per person of any age.
To hire a wetsuit is an additional £5 or if you add a banana boat ride for £7 per person onto your aqua park session the wetsuits are included for free.
What else is at Thorpe Lakes?
The impressive venue has a public beach and other activities include wakeboarding, waterskiing, ringo rides and banana boats.
What's the address?
Thorpe Lakes, Thorpe Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PH.
How do I book and find out more about the aqua park and other activities at Thorpe Lakes?
Everything else you need to know and ticket booking is at www.thorpelakesaquapark.co.uk .
Or you can call 01932 579750 or email email@example.com.