Kids' Summer Splash


Kids' Summer Splash

Dive into family fun this summer as Kids Summer Splash brings you delightful dock swimming, super sandpits, tasty food, cooling drinks, and much more.

Grab your towels and take a swim in a large lido built out into the waters of Royal Victoria Dock. Plus, there’s a shallow end for younger children to have a paddle.

Don’t forget to bring a bucket and spade so you can get creative in one of the sandpits, or simply relax in one of the family chill-out zones, surrounded by the striking architecture of the Royal Docks.

If all that fun has given you an appetite, the snack shack will be open for you to grab a refreshing drink or bite to eat.

Kids’ Summer Splash is free to attend if you want to lounge on a deckchair or play in the sand, but if you want to swim in the lido you must book your hourly slot in advance.

Swimming lessons

For anyone not feeling too confident in the water, we’re running swimming lessons, which you’ll need to book in advance. Swimming in the open like this is a really fun way to have you splashing about in no time. We have got three different types of lessons available depending on your age and ability. All lessons cost £3 per lesson.


For children aged 7-10yrs, this level 1 course for Children provides a gentle introduction to open water swimming.

Lesson dates and times:

Sunday 15 August @ 14:00 to 15:00
Monday 16 August @11:00 to 12:00
Tuesday 17 August @11:00 to 12:00


This all encompassing group lesson teaches junior swimmers the difference between open water and pool swimming as well as providing a vital education into outdoor swimming safety eg the 'Float to live' concept and Cold Water Shock.

Lesson dates and times:

Sunday 15 August @ 15:00 to 16:00
Monday 16 August @12:30 to 13:30
Tuesday 17 August @12:30 to 13:30


For those who feel comfortable floating in the water but would like to learn how to swim Front Crawl. This lesson breaks down the stroke into three areas; breathing, positioning and propulsion. Each area is discussed to establish what role it plays and how it lends itself to efficient stroke.

Lesson dates and times:

Sunday 15 August @ 16:00 to 17:00
Monday 16 August @14:00 to 15:00
Tuesday 17 August @14:00 to 15:00

All lessons can be booked via the ACTiO app (available on iOS and Android devices). Please click on Book Tickets for more information on how to download the app and register an account.

Time & date

31 July - 22 August 2021


Royal Victoria Dock


Free to attend. Access to the lido and swimming requires a booking – Now open. Limited places can be booked on site.
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