Victoria Park Splash Pad 2018
With the beautiful weather that we’ve been having here in South Wales throughout May, the question everyone has been wondering is when does Victoria Park Splash Pad re-open? The Splash Pad is located in the Grade 2 listed park, alongside a large children’s play area, beautiful flower beds, a small sports field, tennis, basketball and 5 a side football courts, and back again for 2018 – beach volleyball (replacing the old bowling green)! It might have opened in 1897 and be one of the oldest parks in South Wales, but Cardiff Council have stepped up year after year to make sure that this park is modern and clean, with new facilities always becoming available.
I use local Facebook groups and must have seen the question “When does Victoria Park Splash Pad open?” and “What time does Victoria Park open and close?” a dozen times in the last few weeks – so I thought I’d write the information out for you!
Victoria Park Splash pad itself is on the site which used to be a small padding pool but was converted a few years ago. It now has a soft surface to walk on, covered with sprays, jets, a water bucket and more. It’s suitable for everyone from toddlers upwards, but be aware that the water is very cold so is more suitable for those 12 months+. This is the first year we will be heading there with our son, as he’s 13 months old right now, and I’ll still be putting him in his Splash About wet suit just to keep him warm.
Victoria Park Splash Pad Opening Times
Victoria Park opens at 7:30am every morning and closes at dusk. It’s open 365 days a year.
Victoria Splash Pad is open from the 26th May until the first week of September.
The timings are:
Weekends & school holidays: 10am to 7pm
Weekdays (term time): 12pm to 7pm
Unfortunately half term so far is up to a bit of a wet and variable start, but I’m sure there’ll be some sunshine to get splashing and in the summer holidays expect it to get very busy on weekends and very sunny days.
Photos of Victoria Park Splash Pad
It’s quite hard to get photos as Victoria Park does get quite busy and I don’t want to be taking pictures of other peoples children to use on my blog which I’m sure you can appreciate. I managed to take these pictures early on an overcast morning when the Splash Pad was empty.
Victoria Park Splash Pad Amenities
There’s a refreshment kiosk and basic toilet facilities right next to the splash pad and there’s now a new cafe at the start of the park as well which offers much better alternatives to fresh fries and ice cream. Finally I can get a fresh coffee first thing in the morning as I walk around. Not to mention Pettigrew Bakeries directly across the road – ideal for grabbing a sandwich and a cake (their brownies are the best I’ve ever tasted!) and eating on the grass. Note that there are no changing facilities at Victoria Park and the toilets are very basic and not really suitable for changing in – so I’d recommend little ones wear their bathing suits underneath their clothes if going. The toilet block could use being expanded and modernized, but there’s not a lot of space to work with.
Victoria Park and Splash Pad are completely free, with free on-street parking surrounding the park (expect a 5-10 minute walk at very busy times) so this is a really budget-friendly day out for the family. It’s worth noting it is a small park so expect it to be very packed in the summer.
Dogs are allowed in Victoria Park and are allowed off the lead if under control, but are not permitted in the Splash Pad or Children’s Play Areas.
If you have any questions about Victoria Park and Victoria Park Splash Pad don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. I’m lucky enough to have lived an easy walk away for over 10 years now and this is my most visited park in Cardiff.