Oasis Beach Pool
6 August 2012
The summer holidays means a break from the kids usual routine of training 4 nights a week with Anaconda swimming club. To fill the gap we spend the summer searching out the best fun pools in reach of London in ever increasing circles. We have tried most of the pools in London in previous years - with some new pools on our list for this year our search for the best slides and flumes took us on a train journey to Bedford and then a bus to Oasis Leisure Centre on the outskirts of the town.
Behind a large Tesco store you see a tall pyramid shaped building surrounded by various water pools and features. Unlike any pool we had visited before...there was al little buzz of anticipation in the air as we approached.
Inside we found a great beach style pool with two large slides towering above - the 55 metre ‘yellow screamer’ and the 45 metre red turbo ‘flume of doom’. The red one is the quicker of the two and a solid slide - the yellow version a bit tame for us now. At the bottom of the slides they have a digital display that flashes up your speed and how long it took you to go down the slide - a nice touch I thought and not a feature I have seen anywhere else. It certainly kept my 9 year old entertained as she tried to beat her times (and mine). The wave machine is pretty good - decent waves and you can get to some good spots where the waves are large. Usual bubble beds, spray mushrooms etc and a separate quiet pool for little ones. Its nicely laid out - water and air temperature were both good - we stayed in the pool for about 2 hours but it was a gloriously sunny day.
Most of this is standard for a decent leisure pool...but the pluses it has is the number of water jets they have dotted around that push you through the water as you swim around the island style routes. They have a couple of separate jacuzzis and also a mini jet pool which was good fun. A bit like a small scale centerparcs pool.
And then we spied any opening to the outside river pool - so in the summer months the pool connects to an outside river run and we had picked the perfect day to sample. In a circular route water jets help push you around the river whilst the sun blazed down overhead. Brilliantly designed - a real reason to visit again on a sunny day.
The showers and changing rooms were fine....cafe in the building that looked ok - it was busy - we had a picnic so sat outside beneath some shady trees.
Worth the trek from London on public transport - with a family railcard a definite yes. A really good unusual pool that makes our top ten list. (Swanley Pool is still number one). Off to Bracknell this week for another new pool.
9 July 2012
Okay, Good rides but changing rooms can be un hygienic but overall you can get a nice familly day out.
8 November 2011
Oasis users please be considerate of others while using Pool facilities.
On the 6 of September 2011 Air vac Helicopter, Paramedics and Police were in attendance within minutes as i was stretchered from the nursery pool at Oasis following a collision that should not have happened and to anyone frail such as an elderly person or child could have proved Fatal.
1 June 2011
Went here yesterday, what a brilliant few hours we had. Took our two boys aged 5 and 7 and they loved it. We drove one and half hours from King's Lynn as the pools around our area are not very good and I had heard good reviews about the Bedford one.
We stayed in the pool for 3 hours but im sure the kids would have stayed longer. £18.50 for a family ticket which is not bad for a day out. Lazy River and Rapid outside, very strong current though!
Will definetly be returning soon!
24 September 2010
The facilities at Oasis are fantastic! I have been using the Images gym for about 8 months and i also bring my kids swimming and they love it, especially the waves machine!!!
16 October 2009
I disagree with all the aboce reviews. I think Oasis is over priced and i would much rather save my money and go to a different pool and create my own fun there. Other pool's, such as Kemptson, as it is very well priced, clean and with good sized chainging rooms and lockers.
However the Oasis may be for you if you are not strapped for cash and are more worried about having fun, such as the waves, provided for you.
29 May 2009
Whenever the sun pops out it’s always worth popping along to Oasis for a good old swim swim. With waves every half hour and 2 slides it’s all the fun you could want from a pool.
25 May 2009
hi i have been going to oasis since i was 12 and i would say that it is okay. the changing rooms are a little small especially if you cannot get into a family room- i think there are only 4- and you have to change a few small children but the area is generally clean and pleasant enough. the temperature of the water is a bit on the cold side and the whole place is a little on the cold side but that’s okay i suppose, it wont kill you!
they have somewhere to eat and the food is expensive for what it is and barely edible but kids don’t really seem to notice.
they have two slides- a slow one and a fast one very popular with kids and teenagers and they have a 30 minute wave session which is quite fun.
the lifeguards are all young and seem quite friendly.
a family of 4 costs about £20 which is a little expensive for me and my bf to take my two younger siblings especially as the food is quite dear so if it was a little cheaper- maybe under £10, then we would go more often.
20 May 2009
Oasis Beach Pool is great for a family day out. You may be tempted to go to a pool that is cheaper such as Kempston, however, first consider that Oasis has a wave machine and water chutes of varying speeds! There is a small outdoor circuit for those who want a bit of fresh air and there is also a small gym in place!
19 November 2008
Great fun for all the family and reasonably priced too. They have water slides of different speeds and a wave machine. You don’t need to be an experienced swimmer to go here.
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