Royal Docks Summer Splash 2023

At the Docks

Royal Docks Summer Splash 2023

Royal Docks Summer Splash is now closed - we look forward to welcoming you again next year!

Dive in this summer as Royal Docks Summer Splash returns to bring you delightful dock swimming, deckchair chilling, super sandpits and much more.

From 31 July – 20 August, a large lido will be built out onto Royal Victoria Dock, complete with a shallow end for younger children for the local community to cool off for free in the warmer weather.

Join in the fun by jumping into the water, create a masterpiece in the super sandpits, relax in a deckchair and join in with free summer activities, all while immersing yourself in the fun and tranquillity at London’s historic Royal Docks.

From seeking some respite from the summer heat, helping people improve or learn to swim, through to providing families who don’t have access to a garden or outdoor space with the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, Royal Docks Summer Splash has been popular since it first opened in the summer of 2018.

Royal Docks Summer Splash is free and open to swimmers and sandcastle-builders of any age so don’t miss out on all the fun.

Throughout Royal Docks Summer Splash, there will be lots of additional activities for families to enjoy. All events are free but some may require booking in advance. Check out the full list below and follow the link for more information!

Tuesday 01 – Wednesday 02 August

Adventures in the Deep: Interactive Show and Drawing Workshop from Patchlarks

Sunday 06 3pm – Monday 07 August 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Why Beavers Build Dams: A Hip-Hop Fable

Tuesday 08, Saturday 12 August, Thursday 17 August

Dock Memory Boats

Wednesday 16 August 11:30 - 13:00 & 13:30 - 15:00

Plankton Explorer: citizen science & land art-making

Friday 18 August

Design your dream shoes!

Saturday 19 August 2023

Transforming Waste Bottles into Beautiful Self Watering Plant Pots


Please note children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult, if using the lido. One adult required per child.

Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1AG
Nearest Transport: DLR (Royal Victoria)

Part of At the Docks 2023 – a brand-new summer season of arts, culture, and events at the Royal Docks.

Time & date

31 July – 20 August
10am – 6pm


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