The weather has been taking a turn for the worst lately so if you’re looking for things to do with the kids, you might want to look at venturing indoors.
It had been a long time since I’d taken my youngest, Ruby, swimming so thought it was about time we went again!
My two eldest go to Corby East Midlands International Swimming Pool every Saturday morning for swimming lessons so we’re familiar with the venue but our weekends are so busy, we rarely get a chance to take a dip after their lessons.
Parent and toddler sessions are suitable from three months to four years and run on Mondays from 10am to midday, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 11.30am and Thursdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
Ruby and I went on a Monday and arrived about 10.30am.
The sessions themselves are just pay as you go so you can just drop in as and when you’re free.
You’ll need an extra £1 on top of your swimming fee to pay for a locker (don’t worry, you get this back at the end of your swim).
And if you have a pushchair there is ample space in the buggy park just to the left as you enter the building (again, a £1 coin is needed to secure it safely).
The changing rooms are spacious and there are plenty of family changing rooms with many having baby changing facilities in the changing rooms too which is a lifesaver – especially if you have a child in nappies and you have older children as well.
With swimming costumes donned, Ruby and I headed out straight to the Kids Fun Pool which has its very own pirate ship!
The pool starts off shallow and gets deeper the further you go.
It’s a great interactive space which has an underwater bubble machine making lots of water bubbles – much to Ruby’s delight.
She spent a great deal of time trying to catch them!
Watch out for the water buckets too. They’re perched up high and tip every ten seconds or so once they are full.
And when they are emptied, they then fill up again. I wasn’t paying too much attention to them and, needless to say, was caught out!
But what Ruby truly loved was the pirate ship incorporated into this space. It’s perfect for little ones and includes a little ramp to walk up so children can get access to ‘sail’ the ship.
Two cannons squirt water at the swimmers below. Ruby got quite protective over the ship so I had to remind her it was here for everyone to share!
There are also two mini-water slides attached to the ship, which lead into the water.
Ruby was a little wary so she sat on my knee as we went down the slide.
In this area there’s also a crocodile – but don’t worry, it’s not real!
Located in this area is also the large aqua slide but this is for older children (and adults!) so there is a height restriction in place and it’s not always open.
Surprisingly, Ruby was quite content with playing in the water for almost an hour. But alas, it was time to get out and get dressed.
Once ready we headed to the onsite café to have lunch.
There’s plenty on offer here ranging from breakfasts, snacks, burgers and sweet treats along with hot and cold drinks – you won’t go hungry!
After lunch we headed outside to venture towards the Corby Boating Lake.
Just take a right turn to walk through Corby Central Park to the boating lake.
It’s a lovely little walk. Keep your eye out for the carved tree trunk as you walk along.
The boating lake was constructed during the early 1970s and boasts a wide range of geese, ducks, water fowl and swans.
There is also said to be plenty of visits to the lake by herons, gulls and kingfishers.
There is also a children’s play area which has two large climbing frames for older children, while there is a little slide and climbing frame for the younger ones.
For lovers of fishing, this is available here too and there were plenty out in force during our visit.
Fees and charges apply to fish here and you’ll need a current EA license.
Swimming pool prices depend on whether you have a loyalty card.
Parent and baby swims are £3.40 or £4.10 for non-card holders. All under-fives receive free admission.
Where to find it
You’ll find the pool at Parkland Gateway, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG.
Get in touch by calling 01536 464643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about what’s on and possible pool closures, visit www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool.
A pay and display car park is outside the pool with parking starting at just 60p for up to two hours.
Sundays and Bank Holidays are free of charge.