Alpamare Scarborough is one of those places you can enjoy whatever the weather. On a hot day it’s gorgeous being in the outside pools in the sun, but it’s equally as amazing when it’s freezing and you’re outside in a pool heated to 35 degrees!
You can even swim into the main outdoor pool from the inside, so you don’t have to make a mad run for it in your costume the freezing cold!
Prices are based on a four-hour slot, but look out for special offers in quieter months where you can pay for four hours and stay all day.
What’s it like at Alpamare Scarborough?
Firstly, you’ll be given a wristband to wear on arrival. It’s also used to open and lock your locker and make cash-less payments in the restaurant, therefore you don’t need to worry about locker money. You then settle your bill before leaving.
For many, the main attractions at Alpamare Scarborough are the slides and there’s four to choose from. The rides reflect the alpine theme, with each water ride recreating the thrills of winter sports.
Each ride is rated according to skiing equivalents, from family-friendly blue runs to daring black runs Although they all go outside, you get on them from the inside and they all finish on the inside.
Olympic Run (The green one)
This one is my favourite. You take a double inflatable up to the top and ride it together. It’s one of the UK’s longest runs at 116.2m so you do get a long ride. It’s fast but there are no sudden drops or steep parts.
The Olympic Run is rated the ski slope equivalent of a blue run and children need to be aged six or over to have a go.
Cresta Run (The pink one)
This ride is based on the world-famous death-defying Cresta run in St Moritz.
It is a mat racer ride where you have to ride it on your front, on your own, holding onto the handles which are inbuilt into the mat. I really enjoyed this one as it was fairly gentle but fast, but I prefer the ones where you go on with others.
The Cresta Run has a ski slope equivalent of a black run, and shares an 11m drop with the Black Run. Children need to be aged six and over to have a go on this one, but I decided it was too fast for my six year old.
Snow storm (The blue one)
Here you grab a four man boat and take it up the stairs – but be warned, it’s very heavy to carry.
It’s a gravity-defying ride created by a sudden, heart-bursting drop of 14.2m – the height of over three double-decker buses. I admit, I wasn’t expecting that and did scream at this point. It’s really good fun on this ride with three other people for company.
Black Run (The purple one)
I wasn’t sure if I could do this one because, as the name suggests, it’s dark so you don’t really know what you’re letting yourself in for when you set off.
However, my 11 year-old nephew dared me to go on, so I did! It’s the steepest and fastest ride with an 11 meter plunge.
I was pleasantly surprised though, because although you can’t see a lot, there are no harsh sudden drops and it’s over within a few seconds!
Inside, as well as the access to the slides, there’s a giant wave pool and a splash and play area, plus sunbeds to relax on, and the restuarant.
The 480sqm wave pool sees the waves come on intermittently. My children, along with their cousins, aged 4 to 11 all loved riding the huge waves. This pool is good for children and adults of all ages.
Splash and play area
This is a large area where there’s toddler slides, and water play. It’s designed for the younger children who are too small for the slides, but even my 11 year old nephew had fun in this area squirting water at his cousins and waiting for the huge barrel of water at the top to fill up before standing underneath it to get drenched.
There’s a good choice of fresh and healthy choices including pasta, pizza and salad. For the kids there’s hot dogs, chicken nuggets and lunch boxes. The pizzas are delicious. You can eat here in your costumes but you can’t take your own food.
Alpamare is licenced and the beer is on tap for you to pour yourself. There’s also ice creams and puddings.
The Garden pool
This is the one you can swim to from the inside. It’s heated to 35 degrees and has bubbles and whirlpool recliners.
It’s a pool for all ages where you can swim, splash, jump and have fun. The kids loved this pool because you’re allowed to drink your drinks in it.
I’ve been asked if we were cold! The answer is no! It’s like a giant hot tub and really quite amazing to swim outdoors when it’s freezing cold in the air.
The Infinity pool
This is outside next to the garden pool, and also heated to 35 degrees. You have to go outside to get into it, but you can jump out of the garden pool and be in the infinity pool in seconds.
It’s filled with a magic green coloured healing iodine water, which has special therapeutic properties, apparently giving noticeable results after 15 minutes.
It is the perfect place to take in the views of the bay. Children are allowed in this pool, but it does have a more ‘adult’ feel to it and has always been calmer than the main pool when we’ve visited.
There’s sun loungers outside for warmer days and landscaped gardens to walk through too.
Are my children old enough?
Children aged five and under get in for free and this is probably because children have to be six years old to ride the slides.
However they can enjoy the main indoor wave pool, the two pools outside and the splash and play area – so there’s still plenty for them to do.
Children aged six and over can go on the Cresta Run and the Olympic run slides and they need to be eight or over to go on the Black Run and Snowstorm.
How much does it cost?
It costs £20 for adults, £16 for children (aged six to 15) and children under five years old go free. A family of four costs £64. You can get in for free on your birthday if you go with three paying guests. It’s valid for seven days before and seven days after your actual birthday.
I love this place. It’s very clean for a swimming centre, it’s never cold inside. OK so it’s not cheap, but show me a day out that is.
We had a lot of fun, there’s nothing else like it locally and if you’ve got an under five it’s amazing value.
My only grumble is that you have to pay £4.50 for parking.
Also, if you could send the four man craft up an elevator so you didn’t have to carry it up endless flights of stairs, that would be a big help!!
Need to know
Alpamare Scarborough, Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PH is about a 90 minute drive from Hull. It is open . There’s a pay and display car park.