Thanks to Zoggs and Everyone Active we were recently invited to an exclusive event at Coral Reef Waterworld in Bracknell. Coral Reef underwent a huge multi-million pound refurbishment last year and this is the first time we have visited since then.
On arrival we were greeted pleasantly at reception and directed to the changing rooms. Lots of staff members said hello as we passed them and everyone seemed very friendly. The changing rooms were very clean and tidy with lots of cubicles available. We were impressed with the family cubicles which were huge and easily accommodated all of us. There were baby change units in the family changing rooms. The lockers take £1 coin which is refunded when you re-open it. They were plenty big enough to fit all our gear in. The toilet facilities were also clean and tidy.
There is a large open shower area to walk through before entering the pool. You are then greeted by the toddler play area and pirate ship, complete with slide and water cannons. Cody really enjoyed this area as he could play freely and run around while still enjoying the water. He particularly enjoyed trying to shoot his sisters with the water canons!
We then ventured round into the main pool complete with erupting volcano and various water features. There was plenty of space although I imagine at peak times it does get very busy. The pool is a maximum of 1.35m deep so not too deep at all.
The main pool has access to the lazy river and more rapid flowing river. These are my favourite. I love floating along as the current carries you. It’s so relaxing. The fast flowing river circles round the bubble pool which Cody loved. Whats not to love about a pool full of constant bubbles?!
Lilian’s favourite thing was the slides. She was up and down constantly trying them all out. She even braved the Canon (far braver than me!). It’s dark and fast in there! The rider gets a count down to launch then sensors inside the slide are activated and time the rider to see how long it takes for them to reach the bottom. Their time is displayed on a board along with the fastest time of the day. I love the added competitive element this slide has with your friends.
Cody and Lois enjoyed riding Storm Chaser and Aqua Splash with us. These slides are suitable for younger children to ride with an adult. You can choose a theme for the lights and music you hear as you go down the slides. We loved the disco option with its bright funky lights! On aqua splash there are sensors on the way down for you to press to score points. I love the interactive fun you can have on these slides. Sadly during our visit both Maelstrom and Posiedon’s Peril were closed. This is a real shame as they are the 2 that stand out to me as being most different to other water parks. You can see some very cool videos of what all the slides are like though over on the everyone active website here: https://www.everyoneactive.com/coral-reef-swimming-pool/giant-waterslides/
If all that excitement gets a little too much there is a gorgeous adults only spa you can enjoy. The spa includes no less than 3 saunas, a Japanese steam room, spa pool, cool pool (glad I dipped my toe in this one first rather than just leaping in!) and lovely heated sun loungers. It was surprisingly quiet and tranquil considering its close proximity to the main pool.
There is an on-site cafe to refuel after your swim and a well stocked shop full of swimming goodies. Coral Reef provide various sessions including swimming lessons as well so check out the timetable on their website. Weekends and school holidays do get incredibly busy so booking in advance online is advised. Personally I would prefer to visit on a school INSET day when its a bit quieter as I understand the queues can be a bit crazy at peak times.
This is a really fun place to visit with all the family and we are desperate to go again. If you’ve been let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Address: Nine Mile Road, Bracknell, RG12 7JQ
Price Band: ££
Disclaimer: We were given free entry to Coral Reef as part of the special event hosted by Zoggs and Everyone Active. All photos, words and opinions are that of my own.