FAMILIES and their children have swarmed back to a popular water attraction following a four-year closure.

Ahead of the busy summer months, Sefton Council announced that Splash World would reopen after a huge refurbishment back in May.

Nestled on Southport's coastline, Splash World has been a favourite destination for families all across the North West over the years, with a range of water slides, a lazy river, and interactive play areas located inside the all-weather park.

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St Helens Star: Splash World reopened in May after a four-year closureSplash World reopened in May after a four-year closure (Image: Sefton Council)

Splash World temporarily closed in December 2019 to allow for a comprehensive refurbishment project to take place.

After long construction delays during the pandemic, the building's facilities and slides have since been refurbished while extensive testing and in-house safety assessments have also been completed.

Many families have travelled to Southport for the attraction since its reopening in May, with even more are expected as the school summer holidays approach.

Across social media, there has generally been a very positive response to the news of the water park's relaunch, with families frequently making weekend plans for the attraction.

On Trip Advisor, however, there have been a little more mixed reviews of the park's reopening.

St Helens Star: Inside the attraction at Splash WorldInside the attraction at Splash World (Image: Splash World)

Some parents commended the attraction, saying that their family had "great fun" in the pool.

Another parent dubbed the attraction "Southports finest" and described the water park as being "reasonably priced" where staff are "very helpful".

The slides and pool were praised by some visitors, while the poolside cafe was also noted to be "excellent and well priced".

Some visitors did take to the online review site to complain about their experience, however, with one person calling Splash World an "absolute waste of money" as the building "still looks grubby".

Other visitors made complaints that the changing facilities were "awful" and that the attraction is "expensive" and without clear signage.

St Helens Star: Families have flocked back to the water park after its relaunchFamilies have flocked back to the water park after its relaunch (Image: Splash World)

Tickets at Splash World start from £15 for adults, £5 for toddlers, and £48 for a family of four, for an hour-and-half session. 

'Gold Stay All Day' passes start from £21 for adults and £62 for a family of four. For more information, you can visit the Splash World website here.