After lying broken and unused in recent weeks, the Splash Pad at Gheluvelt Park is proving to be a hot weather mecca in the heatwave.

The water feature for children is proving to be a uhge draw as the mercury peaks at 28 degrees today.

A long queue can be seen at the park with kids and parents waiting patiently to be allowing in next.

Numbers have been restricted, likely due to Covid restrictions, meaning there has been a one in, one out policy.

One on-looker said: "There's queues of around 15-20 families. Will continue throughout the afternoon I would say.
"They have a guard at the one gate and one at the other end. So a one way system.
"I did see a few kids pestering the guard at the exit trying to get in! But mostly calm and contained."

It comes after residents complained about the usefulness of the area after a technical fault saw the council close it temporarily.

Worcester City Council stress visits must be kept to 30 minutes during busy times, and a maximum of 20 people will be allowed in at any one time.

People should keep a safe distance from others outside your ‘bubble’.

Hand sanitiser is available on site, and visitors are asked to use it before entering and leaving.

The opening times are 11am to 4pm, but are subject to change depending on the circumstances, particularly in hot weather.

The plan is for the current opening times to stay until mid-July, with the opening times after then to be confirmed.

The council say: "We want everyone to enjoy their visit to the Splashpad and to keep safe. Parking is very limited at this end of the park. Please be considerate to local residents by using the free car park on Waterworks Road."

Worcester as well as the rest of the UK is bracing itself for a week of plus 25-degree heat, peaking Sunday with a possible 30 degrees.