Calypso Cove Waterpark Barnsley Metrodome Review

We loved our visit to Calypso Cove Waterpark. It’s great for families with kids of all ages as there is something for everyone. The water is also relatively warm and we were rarely walking around feeling really cold. Calypso Cove is located at the Metrodome park on the outskirts of Barnsley in Sotuh Yorkshire.

They are still only operating on a pre-booked basis and walk-ins are not accepted. Trust me that’s a good thing. When we visited last we were virtually the only ones with a ticket and we got to walk past the massive queue of walk-ins, although that’s not to say you won’t queue. They limit the sessions to 90 minutes, this was the same pre-covid.

Calypso Cove Waterpark Review

There are a number of changing rooms and lockers at Calypso Cove plus accessible facilities and family changing rooms. They also have communal showers. Inside the waterpark, they have packed plenty in. They have themed the waterpark on pirates which makes it extra fun for kids.

There is a huge skull as a centrepiece and hidden behind it there is a series of high diving boards. Underneath this, there are windows where you can see people diving/jumping into the water. The only thing I’d say is men/women do be aware that the force of the water can pull down your swim items, I shall say no more on that matter!

Calypso Cove Waterpark Barnsley Metrodome Review
Photos credited to Calypso Cove

In the photo above you can see the swimming pool to the right of the skull. This is where you can attempt to have a swim. Achieving this will all depend on how busy the place is. You can go under the slides here to the other side.

The four slides in the photo are great for racing against your family or friends. They’re tall but not too tall and although you can get pretty wet at the bottom they are great fun. To the left of the four slides, there is another pool. This is where the wave pool is activated on a regular basis.

Next to the wave pool, there is a pirate ship sunken galleon. This is great fun for slightly older kids with a tipping bucket and water cannons. There are also a few shorter slides here. Behind here, there are the three main waterslides. We only went on one which was Kraken, it is more for younger kids as there is no height limit but children can not ride with their parents. It was a relatively slow slide so nothing for younger kids to be scared of. It also finished in shallow water. I went down before my son so I could make sure he was OK at the bottom.

The two other slides are for the braver visitors and they have height limits. On Eruption, you even need to be able to swim 50m as you come out into a mini pool at the bottom. Terror Torrent is the fastest of the three slides and it is one of the UK’s fastest flumes. This has no height restrictions and like the other two slides, children are not permitted to ride with an adult.

Calypso Cove Waterpark Barnsley Metrodome Review

There is also Barnacle Bay, a fun splash area for younger children. It’s even the closest area to the toilets, whoever designed this place knew what they were doing. It is for the under 8’s and features an interactive splash zone with shallow water plus it’s secure so it’s not easy for little ones to wander off. There is even a mini-slide to get little ones used to the water.

Calypso Cove Waterpark Barnsley Metrodome Review

There is a cafe that serves food that you can access from the pool or you can get changed and eat in there after your swim session. This is where they provide the food for the birthday parties that they can host.

If you want to extend your day out the Metrodome Leisure Complex also has a bowling alley. Prebooking for this is highly recommended.

Calypso Cove Waterpark Barnsley Metrodome Review

Clifton PaCalypso Cove Waterpark FAQ & Further Information

Address: Clifton Ln, Rotherham S65 2AA, South Yorkshire

Category – Park – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

Prices are £8.60 for an adult at peak time, £6.90 for a junior age 3-15. Under 3’s are £2.50 and a family ticket is £29.00. Off-peak, no slide sessions and little finn sessions may be cheaper.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Pirate-themed waterpark with 3 large slides plus many other smaller slides, diving boards, wave pool, swimming pool and more. There are toilets, changing rooms and a cafe.

When are they open?

They are open for most of the year although sessions change according to peak and off-peak times. Please see their website for up-to-date information.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving limited hot and cold fast food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is free on-site parking.

Are they accessible?


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