For those who have given up on the nightmare of a beach holiday in 2020, you may have a reprieve.
A new beach area has opened up an easy drive from Coventry allowing you to spend a day on the lounger while the kids make sand castles.
Aqua Splash at Cliff Lakes has opened a family ‘beach’ area – sculpted out of an area next to the lake.
The ‘beach’ has been made by laying down astroturf, like in a tennis court, and piling tonnes of golden sand on top.
And it creates an authentic experience, you even get ‘waves’ created as boats pass by.
We went to check it out:
Where is it?
Cliff Lakes is a waterpark between Kingsbury and Drayton Bassett, to the south of Tamworth and just a half hour drive from Coventry.
What else do I need to know?
As well as the Aqua Splash area, the attraction offers open air swimming, and other watersports, although there are restrictions in place currently due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What did you like?
You aren’t crammed in. They have put 20 or so parasols in an area where they could probably have squeezed 30 or 40.
The upshot is you can relax back and not worry about coronavirus – or being overheard.
I also liked how there were several areas of sand. There is the waterfront, which is always well populated with children, but some areas with sand set back, which allows younger ones to play without being in danger of the water.
The water itself was warmer than I expected to – we were reliably informed it was 21C on the day we visited.
What didn’t you like?
There was a bit of an absence of bins. You have to collect your rubbish up and put it in the bin by the entrance.
The water was a nice temperature and everyone seemed happy in there – particularly when boats go past and create waves.
However, you have to wear sandals as they warn you about rocks and you also get stuck in the water a little bit.
Did the kids enjoy it?
Yes, ours had a great time. We were fortunate to be there in a day where the temperature was pushing 30C – I guess it might not be so fun when it rains!
We were there for five hours and it flew by – without my children, who are five and eight, moaning once. They were shattered after!
If you have teenagers, there is the aqua park area elsewhere at Cliff Lakes that could keep them happy.
Is it safe?
There was a lifeguard there throughout the time we were there.
Are there toilets?
There are, but it is a bit of a trek.
You have to walk up to to bar area, which is a five to 10 minute stroll away.
Can you buy drinks?
Yes, there is a bar where you can get soft drinks or alcoholic ones.
There was also an ice cream van very close to the beach area when we were there.
How much does it cost?
An adult ticket is £10 and it is £5 for under 16s.
Sunbeds are £ 5 each and parasol hire is also £5.
What about parking?
That was fine – and free. We parked in the main car park but there is an overspill one which is actually closer to the beach.
What are the rules?
- No music devices.
- All users are to listen and obey staff and lifeguard instructions while on-site.
- All rubbish should be disposed of in the bins provided.
- No BBQs are permitted on-site or in the Aqua Splash area.
- No dogs are allowed in this area
- This is the only area you can bring a picnic.
- Bookings must be made prior to arrival. No walk-ins will be allowed.
- Participants must wear Cliff Lakes buoyancy aids and
- The lake bed is rocky so shoes must be worn while in the water.
- Children must be accompanied by an over 18.
How do I book and when does it close?
We booked via the website and were given a midday slot. That allowed us to stay until it closed at 5pm.