Huge £50million waterpark to open in UK with surf pools, splash zones and waves

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    Water lovers will squeal in excitement when they hear of the latest venture coming to the UK.

    A brand new water attraction filled with surfing zones and splash areas could soon open in Kent, complete with huge surf pools, splash zones and heaps more fun for families.

    It's estimated that the park will take a whopping £50million to build.

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    For those who want to make a weekend of it, the attraction will include 15 accommodation pods, and a five-star hotel nearby with 120 bedrooms available to book.

    The Seahive, as it will be called, is looking to open at Betteshanger County Park near Deal.

    The location already has 230 acres of sprawling land littered with outdoor fun activities.

    The attraction will also offer a 'wave lagoon' for those who want to give surfing a go but don't want to have to travel to the seaside and hope for the best possible weather conditions.

    Plus there will be a dry-land practice area and smaller pools for swimming.

    Thrill-seekers will also be spoiled for choice; there will be over 20 types of wave able to be run in the pools from a low 50cm to two metres, so classes can vary by experience for the 80 surfers who can practice at one time.

    There will also be a dedicated learning hive that will run a full-time schedule of courses for children via surf therapy and educational intervention programmes to enhance and protect their mental health.

    On top of surfing you can also head to the wellness centre or splash pool for more fun.

    Surfing can really build up an appetite – it’s great exercise – so luckily there’s both a cafe for quick eats and a restaurant for a luxurious lunch.

    As of yet an opening date has not been announced so prices aren’t finalised.

    However, a decision will be made solid by next year – and there are hopes it will open by 2025.

    Seahive founder Jim Storey said: "Kent is not renowned for its surfing at all, in fact, a lot of people who love surfing drive six hours to Cornwall or hop on a flight somewhere abroad.

    "Back in June the Environment Agency advised us not to go swimming around the Kent coastline because of sewage which is an absolute joke in this day and age with corporates treating the sea as a dumping ground."

    So the inland water attraction could be a fun, safe place to swim and surf for people of all "ages, abilities and disabilities".

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