We provide paddling pools at:

The three pools are free to use and are open from Saturday 28 May 2022 until the first week in September.

Valley Gardens pool

Located: off Valley Drive, Harrogate, HG2 0JS.

This is the most popular pool as it's in the play area. There's also a new games pavilion, providing toilets and refreshments.

Bebra Gardens pool

Located: off Brewerton Street, Knaresborough, HG5 8BB.

This paddling pool is in a beautifully landscaped garden attached to the Castle Gardens. The pool looks over the valley towards the River Nidd and is a perfect place to enjoy both the gardens and the pool.

Borrage Green pool

Located: off Harrogate Road, Ripon, HG4 2JH.

The pool is in a well-equipped play area near the town centre, and is a safe environment to let the children run and around and play.


All the pools are emptied, cleaned and refilled at least twice a week, usually on a Monday and a Friday. This can take up to six hours, so be aware of this if you're planning a visit.

As part of a strict maintenance regime, each pool is visited by staff who:

  • visit twice a day (morning and afternoon) seven days a week
  • test for chlorine levels, adding chlorine granules if necessary
  • check for broken glass in and around the pool
  • collect litter from the site and empty the litter bins
  • take water samples twice a season; these are tested for E Coli and other bacteria to make sure the water quality is safe