Flip Bag Kian
Destination UK

A visit to Dorset Waterpark 2018

Posted on
August 23, 2018

Back in July 2016 we discovered Dorset Waterpark for the first time and the kids have been itching to go back since.

Last week Kian turned 18 and we wanted to find an activity that the whole family could take part in and Dorset Waterpark was the obvious choice.

You are advised to arrive 45 minutes before your session to get kitted up in wetsuits and buoyancy aids before your safety briefing session. It is then time to get wet!

There are two lakes at Dorset Waterpark and the groups were split in half, with one set doing the Castle Lake first and the other, the Woodland Lake.

Woodland Lake

As a large group of 14, we were all kept together and instructed to buddy up, helping each other if we fell in and trust me, you will fall in……. a lot!

The inflatables have switched lakes since our last visit and more obstacles have been added to both courses.

Woodland Lake has an 85m Action Loop to tackle which includes monkey bars, floating stepping-stones, slack line, balance beam and the all time favourite flip bag.

It took a few goes to get the hang of the flip bag and it works best with a lighter person at the front, with a larger, heavier person leaping onto the air bag.


If you hit the bag at the wrong angle, you end up in the water yourself and the person at the front slides into the water.

Hit it at the right spot and you FLY!!!


On the course with you is a lifeguard and an instructor. The lifeguard is there to make sure everyone is kept safe and the instructor is there for guidance, hints and tips, although both are there to lend a hand if needed.

After half an hour it is time to swap lakes with the other team.

Castle Lake

So called because the lake has a stunning view of Corfe Castle, the Castle Lake features a 65m Action Loop of inflatable obstacles, as well as trampoline, slide and separate climbing obstacles.

The Castle Lake features the highest points of the two lakes and is perfect for practicing jumps, flips and tricks.

The trampoline was a hit too, although much harder to climb on than it looks.

As a spectator on our last visit, I have to admit the inflatable course looks much easier than it actually is and climbing on the obstacles is very physically demanding and takes a lot of effort.

The younger ones found it much easier than the adults!

Participants must be aged 6+ and able to swim a minimum of 50m.

You also need to bring swimwear and old trainers or wetsuit boots to wear in the water. You do not have to wear a wetsuit, but the lakes are quite chilly, even on a warm day, so I would advise it. You can bring your own or hire one on the day for £5 plus £2 for shoe hire.

A new feature for this year is the Snap Shack, which takes pictures of everyone having fun. They offer a range of packages from individual photos, to digital packages of your favourite pictures from the day.
For spectators there is a lovely picnic area overlooking Corfe Castle, plus the Snack Shack that offers delicious hot food, refreshments and ice creams.

Dorset Waterpark costs £12.50 per person if booked 7+ days in advance or £15 if booked within 7 days and parking is free.

If a waterpark isn’t for you, they have also opened Dorset Mud Trail, an outdoor adventure trail that tracks around Castle Lake and features more than 30 different obstacles from Monkey Rings to Rope Bridges and Cargo Nets to the Bounce Pillow.

We saw a group come out and they were covered from head to toe in mud – we cannot wait to try it!!

  1. Reply

    Sarah Bailey

    August 23, 2018

    OK I totally want to go here, I’m not sure my body would cope with it (OK it definitely wouldn’t) but how much fun does it look!

  2. Reply

    Beth @ BethinaBox.com

    August 23, 2018

    Oh I didn’t even know this place existed. We love a water park and I’m pretty certain my kids would love it too!

  3. Reply

    Melanie williams

    August 23, 2018

    YES! You had me at the words water park – this is right up our street. Looks like so much fun x

  4. Reply


    August 23, 2018

    What a fun day out, I had no idea this was in Dorset and we visit frequently.

  5. Reply

    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    August 23, 2018

    This looks great fun and just the type of thing we love to do. I just need Holly to be a bit older and we can all do it!

  6. Reply


    August 23, 2018

    I would so love to go to this water park, I think its such a fun activity for the family to take part in. I love it.

  7. Reply

    Bella at Dear Mummy Blog

    August 23, 2018

    Happy Birthday Kian! This water park looks amazing and definitely have to try it when I’m a bit older and more comfortable in the water!

  8. Reply

    rhian westbury

    August 24, 2018

    This looks like so much fun, I’d love to do something like this but I always worry that I’d fall in the water and not have the strength to pull myself back up x

  9. Reply


    August 24, 2018

    This looks very fun. I went on one of those inflatable obstacle courses in Pontins a few years back. Thought it would be easy but it’s actually very difficult. The surface is very slippery and feet are wet. There is nothing really to hold on to and people in the water shake it and splash you. Not many people completed it

  10. Reply

    Yeah Lifestyle

    August 24, 2018

    What a fun waterpark this is, my kids are quite young now but in a few years time, this would be the type of place I know they would want to head to.

  11. Reply

    Cath - BattleMum

    August 24, 2018

    Oh my god that looks like so much fun. My son is a little young for it but I could see us having a fab family day out there when he gets older!

  12. Reply

    Laura Dove

    August 24, 2018

    This looks like the most amount of fun! Lewis woudl love this just as much as the youngest three, infact probably more so! We will have to visit when we are next down there!

  13. Reply

    Emily Leary

    August 25, 2018

    I would love to go to a water park last this! My friend went to one recently with her kids and was really brave – it looks so fun!

  14. Reply


    August 26, 2018

    This looks fun but not one I would want to do. Would love to try the mud trail next door though

  15. Reply


    August 26, 2018

    What a fun way to spend your day! I recently took part in an on land inflatable obstacle course and that alone was physically exhausting, so I can only imagine how taxing it would be for me on the water as well. Looks like you all had a great time

  16. Reply

    Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    August 26, 2018

    Oh wow this looks awesome! What a great way to celebrate. Happy 18th Kian. Kaz x

  17. Reply

    Rebecca Smith

    August 26, 2018

    That looks like such a lot of fun! My kids love waterparks

  18. Reply


    August 27, 2018

    My kids would love this! It looks so much fun. I hope Kian enjoyed his birthday!

  19. Reply

    Jess Howliston

    August 27, 2018

    WOW This looks like SO much fun! My two are definitely water babies and would love to visit here.

  20. Reply


    August 29, 2018

    This waterpark sounds like so much fun!! I havent been to one that wasn’t just focused on slides before! Xxx

Leave a Reply


Are we nearly there yet? is a new online blog run by me, Kara Guppy, and is named as such thanks to my daughter Eliza who always asks that very question when we are less than 5 minutes up the road heading off on our adventures. You may know me from my other family blog chelseamamma.co.uk