Coral Reef, Bracknell

Amazing large water play pool – lots of slides and activities for all ages.

Plenty for young and older kids, and teens would have lots of fun too. There are free armbands for little ones. Swimming lessons are available but check the group timetable before you travel.


We loved it at Coral Reef! It’s a hectic, noisy and fun way to spend a good few hours. My five year old loved the slides, the sprays and being taken on the wave ‘ride’ with us. He also loved the flumes although wasn’t as keen on the queue (20 mins!) to get on each time. It was a very busy day in the school holidays so queues were probably worse than usual. My two year old loved the smaller slides and got into a very happy circuit of doing a couple of slides by herself while we sat in the shallow water and watched her! My husband and I really enjoyed the flumes, not quite as good as an amazing European water park we had recently visited but very fun all the same. We paid around £20 for the four of us and thought it was great value.

We paired our visit with a picnic in the Lookout, which is a huge playground/Go Ape and indoor science centre over the road. We didn’t go inside on this occasion (although have done before and it’s good) but just used the playground and picnic benches for a £3 parking fee (this is deducted if you pay admission for the science centre). We often use the Lookout as a good meeting place to see grandparents who live in Bristol – highly recommended to anyone in a similar situation, it’s a great spot and place to explore and now we know about Coral Reef we will be incorporating that into future visits, especially as it’s all-weather proof (by Lucy Orton).

If you are looking for a fun day out swimming (aimed at older children) then Coral Reef is amazing fun. It’s outside London and a bit of a drive but there are water slides, lazy river, hot outside pool, waterfall, jacuzzi, and a pirate ship and area for little ones. Had a great time there a few weeks ago. Café does ok food and there’s parking. It was free when we went but it might be pay and display. You have to book your slot online which is great coz it means it doesn’t get too crowded (by Leonie Bryan).

Address: Coral Reef, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, West Berkshire, RG12 7JQ.

Website: Great video tour here:

Flumes / waves etc: Waves, kids splash and spray area, several very small slides (excellent for independent two year olds and above), pirate ship with slides and sprays, three large flumes – one of which is suitable for taking your little ones down with you, one for older kids and one for adults/teens.

Cafe: Yes, but I didn’t try it. Chips smelt nice but in a leisure centre cafe way!

Toilets: All fine and some family rooms hidden away which were better than small general changing rooms .

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, buggy park provided.

Parking: Yes, £3 which is deducted from the admission cost .

Nearest Station: Bracknell.

Bus: First bus 158 and 159 go from Bracknell Train Station to Coral Reef Leisure Centre. The journey takes approx. 30 minutes.

Phone: 01344 862525.

Email: Via online form: or [email protected]


They say:

‘Facilities include:
– a place of warmth and enjoyment in the Coral Pools
– the excitement of fast water
– the thrill of the Snake River flumes
– the Lazy River, enjoying the outdoor sun, available weekends and throughout the holiday periods
– the rush of the rapids
– the Little Corals Toddlers’ Pools, which includes a large yellow diving bell and drench buckets to entertain the kids!
– the relaxing poolside spa pools

During school holidays and weekends we guarantee a two-hour session in the water’.

Review by Lucy Orton.

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