Liquid Leisure Windsor has been a key landmark in the local community for two years - welcoming families for summer fun since 2002.

However its 22 years of water sports are now coming to an end with the announcement that the park is to close next month.

It follows a long history which ended in tragedy last August after 11-year-old Kyra Hill drowned while in the care of the water park.

On August 6, 2022, Kyra was attending a birthday party at Windsor Liquid Leisure when she got into trouble in a designated swimming area.

Emergency services were called at 3.55pm and Kyra was found just after 5.10pm and rushed to Wexham Park Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

After closing out of respect, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead served Liquid Leisure with a prohibition notice, blocking the part from reopening the majority of its services and activities.

A year on and after selling off its equipment, Liquid Leisure has announced its closure as the inquest into Kyra Hill's death is set to take place on a date yet to be set. 

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Below are the events surrounding the water park to date.

  • August 2002: Liquid Leisure Waterski and Wakeboard Limited was established and took over the water sports venue in Datchet which was originally a boat only venue
  • 2005: The lake began to be used for open water swimming - hosting plenty of triathlons
  • 2010: A five tower cable water ski system was installed on the back section of the lake
  • 2014: The water park launched its Aqua Park where people could climb, run, jump and swim around the equipment 
  • October 2015: The company changed its name to Liquid Leisure Limited 
  • December 2020: Liquid Leisure was requested to take down its inflatable water course, caravan and camping site, party venue, and child’s play centre as it did not have planning permission. It only had permission to host water-skiing and windsurfing. Liquid Leisure appealed the decision and was to attend a hearing on November 8, 2022 - however the appeal was later cancelled.
  • October 2021: RBWM issued a Breach of Condition Notice as Liquid Leisure were believed to have built a new building without expressed permission
  • May 25, 2022: At a hearing Liquid Leisure accused the council of being ‘unreasonable’ and ‘abusing’ its statutory powers.  RBWM stated issuing the BCN was ‘not irrational’ and was ‘well within the range of reasonable responses’ for the council to take.
  • August 6, 2022: Kyra Hill got into difficulty in Liquid Leisure's waters and sadly died 
  • August 7, 2022: Liquid Leisure closes 'out of respect'
  • August 9, 2022 Kyra Hill's death ruled 'unexplained but not suspicious' by police
  • August 15, 2022: RBWM serves Liquid Leisure a prohibition notice banning the aqua park from reopening recreational activities associated with the lake
  • August 1, 2023: Liquid Leisure announced everything except the cable ski was for sale
  • August 2, 2023: RBWM confirms prohibition notice is still in place at Liquid Leisure 
  • August 29, 2023: Kyra Hill's inquest begins ruling cause of death as drowning
  • October 25, 2023: Liquid Leisure announce closure
  • November 12, 2023: Closure date for Liquid Leisure