Seven places to enjoy a summer swim in Suffolk and north Essex

Our seven favourite places to go for a swim in Suffolk and north Essex. Picture: PA/ THINKSTOCKPHOTO

Our seven favourite places to go for a swim in Suffolk and north Essex. Picture: PA/ THINKSTOCKPHOTOS - Credit: PA

The summer holidays have started so you will be trying to think of things to do with the kids. Unfortunately in the UK the weather is not always on our side, so we have created a list of the best indoor and outdoor places to go for a swim.

Center Parcs Elveden Tropical Cyclone is a family favourite. Picture: SUBMITTED

Center Parcs Elveden Tropical Cyclone is a family favourite. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs

Elveden Forest in Brandon is home to the Center Parcs holiday complex, and it is one of our favourite places to go swimming.

It has a main pool, four whirlpools, a new lagoon pool, wild water rapids, the thrilling water ride Tropical Cyclone and a number of slides.

However, the facilities are only available to guests staying at Center Parcs.

The heated outdoor Beccles Lido pool is great fun for everyone. Picture: HELEN NICHOLSON

The heated outdoor Beccles Lido pool is great fun for everyone. Picture: HELEN NICHOLSON - Credit: Archant


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Beccles Lido

Perfect for a summer’s day this outdoor heated swimming pool is great for an early morning swim or a family day out.

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It has a separate pool for toddlers as well as paddling pools and a new inflatable aqua run.

The summer season runs to September 10.

Southwold beach viewed from the pier, why not spend a day here? Picture: SOUTHWOLD PIER

Southwold beach viewed from the pier, why not spend a day here? Picture: SOUTHWOLD PIER - Credit: Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

The quality of this beach has been recognised over the years with numerous Keep Britain Tidy Blue Flag awards.

Enjoy a family day on the beach, playing games and going for a dip.

To put your mind at ease the beach is covered by RNLI lifeguards until September 10.

Have fun on the outdoor water rapids at Colchester Leisureworld. Picture: CLIFFORD HICKS.

Have fun on the outdoor water rapids at Colchester Leisureworld. Picture: CLIFFORD HICKS. - Credit: Archant

Leisure World Colchester

This pool has it all from leisure flumes, a crazy river, slides, and shipwreck water cannons.

Whatever the weather, you can enjoy a day of family fun here.

Why not bring a beach ball to play with too?

Coaching at Felixstowe Swimming Club, why not sign your children up? Picture: SIMON PARKER

Coaching at Felixstowe Swimming Club, why not sign your children up? Picture: SIMON PARKER

Felixstowe Leisure Centre

This swimming pool is only two minutes away from the beach, so you could fit both into your day.

The facility has a slide, a child’s pool and an inflatable assault course to enjoy.

There is also soft play for the little ones.

Enjoy a family day out at Bungay Swimming Pool. Photo Credit: BUNGAY SWIMMING POOL

Enjoy a family day out at Bungay Swimming Pool. Photo Credit: BUNGAY SWIMMING POOL - Credit: Archant

Bungay pool and Gym

Why not teach your child how to swim this summer? Either teach them yourselves or sign them up for swimming lessons at Bungay pool.

The pool also has inflatable fun sessions and a slide to try,

It is also available for private hire which could come in handy if you are planning a birthday party.

Spend a day swimming in the sea. Picture: ALISON CONNORS

Spend a day swimming in the sea. Picture: ALISON CONNORS - Credit: citizenside.com

Mersea stone beach

Enjoy a day on the beach, swimming in the sea, enjoying a picnic and playing games.

There are also the remains of a Tudor fort to explore.

Make sure you pack your sun cream!

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