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Best Paddling Pools for Your Kids

What are the best paddling pools for your kids? With so many outdoor toys to choose from, it’s never a bad idea to do your research and find the best products are out there. There are so many water toys and paddling pools, and here at Douglas Forest and Garden, we’re careful to sell only the best products on the market. You can view all our pools here. We want our customers to be fully satisfied with their purchase and not have any issues with it after they’ve taken it home. It’s for this reason that we decided to stock H20Go! range of kid’s waterparks. 

Best Paddling Pools for Toddlers

The Sunnyland Splash Paddling Pool Play Centre is a great little addition for very young kids such as toddlers. With a safe, shallow design and bright colours, this is an excellent opportunity for your smallies to have the time of their lives. It features a small side, inflatable ‘tree’, and a fountain in the centre of the pool, so plenty of things to see and interact with for the developing child. 

Best Options For Groups

If you have a group of kids over, or you have a few of your own, a Slip ‘n’ Slide can keep kids entertained. H20GO! provides a range of options that plug into your garden hose to keep the slide really slippy and lots of fun. These cobest paddling poolsme in various options, including a 15ft double slip n’ slide so that the kids can race. There’s also a smaller Slip n’ Slide with an inflatable ramp which can be good fun for

The Most Fun

The award for the most fun paddling pool goes to the H20Go Splash Water Park Bouncy Castles. These combine paddling pools with fun inflatable features found in bouncy castles to create a hybrid, miniature waterpark. There are several different models available which can provide various features for different group-sizes. For example, the H20GO! Mount Splashmore is the biggest of the options and includes a climbing wall and water gun, a slide, and a large paddling area for all the kids. Another great option that’ll make a splash is the Splash Tower Mega Water Park. This version focuses on the slide and climbing wall and has a fun little diving pool at the end of the slide that kids will love.

View all our kid’s pools here. For more information, contact us today on 021 4965 132.

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Best Garden Pools

We have some of the best garden pools available this summer. And with free delivery anywhere in Ireland you can’t go wrong! If you pre-order today, you’ll have your pool arrive by mid-June, so it’s best to get ahead of the curve. No matter the type of garden pool you’re looking for, we have a great range suitable for the whole family.

Best Garden Pools: The Bestway Rangebest garden pools

The Bestway 9ft 10″ Pool which is made from a very strong and durable “Tri-Tech” material. As with all of Bestway’s range, this is a complete set that’s easy to set up (no tools needed). Instead, the frame is connected together with a Seal and Lock system. In addition to the tri-tech materials, the frame itself is made from corrosion-resistant metal which means that your pool is covered by a two-year warranty. The Bestway is easily stored away when the summer fun ends. Similarly, Bestway offer the 10ft Steel Promax. This is a circular design which comes with a filter pump, filter, two attachable cup holders and a repair patch.

For a large pool, Bestway offers the 13ft 1″  Pro Rectangular Pool Set. All of the larger Bestway pools have a ‘flow control’ valve so you can easily drain your pool. Rather than flooding your garden, you can attach a hose and have the water drain away in a better location. 

Garden Pools for Large Groups

Bestway’s 13 ft 6” x 6 ft 6″ x 48″ power  steel rectangular pool set is one of the longest and deepest in the range. Despite the larger size it’s just as easily assembled and easy to store away when you’re finished. This larger pool comes with a safety ladder so you and your family can easily get in and out of the pool. And to help keep this considerably larger mass of water clean and fresh, the Power Steel Rectangular Pool comes with a 530 gallon water filter pump.

The Best Pools for Children

Bestway’s 6ft Fast Set Paddling pool is great for the kids. It’s an inflatable setup that you can have up and running within 10 minutes and costs only €32.99. For larger families, there is also Bestway’s 10-foot paddling pool for only €45.00. This can comfortably allow your kids to enjoy the outdoors and the sunshine with extreme portability and comfort! 

If you have any questions about our pools or our free delivery on specific orders, you can reach us on 021 4965 132

Kids Bouncy Castle

A Kids Bouncy Castle With a Twist

A Kids bouncy castle never goes out of fashion. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a whole range of kid’s outdoor play equipment. As we head towards spring, some great toys are available on early sale. In days of old, we had to have our parents haul us to a holiday park or abroad to enjoy a waterpark, but today you can recreate some of the fun of a water park in the garden.  H20GO produce advanced outdoor toys that combine the fun of an inflatable bouncy castle with a paddling pool. Here are their three offerings currently on sale:

H20GO! TURBO SPLASH Combining a Kids Bouncy Castle with a Water ParkKids Bouncy Castle

Reduced from €499 to €425 for a €70 saving, the Turbo Splash is H20GO!’s entry-level water park bouncy castle. All three models are easy to inflate in two minutes, the Turbo Splash has a curved slide with a climbing wall that gives you access, plus a large paddling pool area. It’s also fitted with a water gun. These three models are suitable for kids aged between 5-10 years old. After you’ve inflated the castle, you just need to fix it to the ground using the supplied stakes and it’s ready for action. The H20Go! is made from a durable PVC-coated polyester — it’s built to last for years.  


The Hurrican Blast is reduced from €650 to €559 for over €90 savings. With a larger paddling pool area and a curbed slide with shower tunnel, this model can accommodate more kids for even more fun. The tunnel’s built-in shower system sprays you as you slide down.

H20GO! TSUNAMI WAVES Kids Bouncy Castle

The most expensive in the range of kids bouncy castles, reduced from €699 to €599 for a saving of €100, the Tsunami Waves has two slides, a water blaster gun, and a bucket that dumps water to keep the slide wet and slippery. It also comes with a basketball hoop and basketball and a spray tunnel!

Honourable Mention For Older Kids and Adults: EXIT Swimming Pools

We also have EXIT Swimming Pools in stock this year. Kids aged 6+ and adults will love this. The EXIT Wood Pool 300cm x 70cm is the entry-level model costing €175.00. This comes with a filter pump to keep the water aerated and clean, with natural design to fit in with your garden space and a sturdy frame, it can look great in any garden. 

You can view our full range of outdoor pools, and if you have any questions you can reach us on 021 4965 132.

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Swimming Pools for Sale

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we supply some of the best-quality outdoor tools and toys for all ages. If you’re looking to buy a swimming pool in Ireland, we’re big fans of EXIT. We provide their full range of outdoor pools and currently have some of these swimming pools for sale. You can view their whole selection or if you want to read some of our top picks, read on!

EXIT Swimming Pools For Saleswimming pools for sale

EXIT Provides a range of great above ground swimming pools for sale, with sizes that are suitable for small to larger groups and families. The EXIT Wood Pool, with dimensions of 360x76cm, makes it suitable for adults and children alike (with supervision, of course). These have a solid construction, using a black steel frame. It uses a flexible but robust line that has a nice ‘wood’ pattern to it. And it comes with a filter pump and liner repair kit just in case. Currently on sale for just €175, it’s a bargain. 

The EXIT Wood Construction

Because it has a round design, it’s fairly sturdy and can last for years. The filter pump keeps the water filtered, fresh and clean. Though you may also want to use chlorine tablets (which we have available) if you plan to leave the pool out for extended periods. While the outside of the pool has the wood effect, the inside has a blue colour to give it that fresh “swimming pool” feel. 

You can also purchase accessories for the EXIT wood. As mentioned before, a chlorine dispenser is available and recommended. There are also test strips so you can manage the water effectively and ensure it’s comfortable for everyone at all times. And also a pool maintenance kit, since the filter can’t clean everything. Lastly, the EXIT Wood has a pool dome which allows you to keep the heat in and the wind off your back while you enjoy some time outside. 

We hope this gives you an idea of some of our offerings. Be sure to check out the rest of our swimming pools (you may also be interested in our hot tubs) and if you have any questions feel free to call us on 021 4965 132

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Swimming Pool Maintenance: How To Maintain Your EXIT Swimming Pool

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a whole range of EXIT swimming pools. Known for their durability and longevity, EXIT above ground pools are perfect for the summer. But as with anything, swimming pool maintenance is a must. The water, in particular, must be kept clean. Here’s how.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

Because still water is at risk of infestation from algae, mould and bacteria, it requires a filter pump to remove the dirt and aerate the water, keeping it clear and clean. EXIT pool cartridges are used with your filter pump to help clean your pool.  Because still water is at risk, it’s important to keep the filter pumps on even when the swimming pool is not in use.

Removing debris is the first step in swimming pool maintenance, but this will only go so far as microbes are everywhere. It’s only a matter of time before bacteria breeds. For this reason, you’ll also want to regularly disinfect the water with chlorine. The most common way to do this is by using chlorine tablets. These can be combined with with the EXIT floating chlorine dispenser. The dispenser floats across the pool surface, spreading the chlorine more evenly than if the tablet was simply left to dissolve in one area of the pool.

Maintaining Water Balance

Chlorine will not effectively clean the pool water if the PH balance is inaccurate. We provide water test strips to monitor your water’s PH balance, as well as the water’s chlorine level and alkalinity. Quickly dip and remove one of the testing strips into the pool. Hold it horizontally and check the results on the colour chart printed on the container. The test strips highlight the water’s pH balance, as well as Total Alkalinity levels. Three separate sections indicate each individual level. swimming pool maintenance

Keep It Covered

With anything from wind and rain likely to add dirt into the mix, it’s best to use a pool cover when you’re not using it. And while the pump will do a good job of cleaning the water, it’s still advisable to perform a quick clean before each use using the EXIT swimming pool maintenance kit. This kit includes a net and a vacuum head for getting rid of debris. 

If you have any other questions about maintaining your swimming pool, please give us a call today on 021-4965132.

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The ‘Stone’ Exit Swimming Pool

Summer is coming and we’re starting to think about life outside the home and in the garden. When we get sunshine, Cork can be one of the most beautiful spots in the world to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family. And what better way to take advantage of it than in a pool? At Douglas Forest & Garden, we have the entire range of Exit Swimming Pools available, and it’s about this time of year when people start asking us about our range of Exit Swimming Pools. In particular their largest model, the Exit Stone. Here’s a rundown of what you get with the Exit Stone Swimming Pool and why we can comfortably recommend it – even in our Cork climate.

  1. The Exit Stone (5.4-metre length x 2.5-metre width x 1 metre depth)

The Stone Exit Swimming Pool is Exit’s largest pool. Included with the Stone is the Exit ‘Pool Dome’ and filter pump, and, of course, a ladder.  The Stone is perfect for up to 9 people to enjoy over the summer.  But unlike other outdoor pools, Exit comes with a ‘Dome’ — making it perfect for Ireland.

The Dome

The Stone Swimming Pool comes with a ‘Dome’, a hood which keeps your pool clean, and crucially for Cork, helps heat the water. This allows you to enjoy your swimming pool throughout the summer without having to worry about the weather. This tall, transparent hood has three windows and a door, so you can adjust the heat. It straps around the outside of the pool and stays there quite happily – even with a breeze. The Dome makes the pool perfect for our Irish weather. It keeps the breeze and bugs away and, like a greenhouse, keeps your pool warm.exit swimming pools cork

The Dome is opened and closed easily with a gas-powered hinge mechanism, but you can also leave the Dome open just by the pool ladder so you can get in and out easily without messing about.  The dome is very spacious – not too low – so you and your 8 friends can throw a ball around and enjoy yourselves.

Strength and Durability

The Stone Exit Swimming Pool (named for the ‘stone-like’ effect on the outside) isn’t going anywhere. It’s very strong and durable, with a frame composed of thick, black steel (50 mm diameter). The steel is galvanised and powder coated to protect from rust. The walls are composed of  3 durable layers of PVC and polyester. They’re strong and sturdy and they take a fair beating. But just in case the pool eventually succumbs to wear and tear, Exit provides a liner repair kit. Also included is a filter pump, which keeps the water fresh and prevents pollution. This is easily mounted on the pool (and can be replaced easily using a filter cartridge – which is included).

One other question we get asked about the Exit swimming pool is how to keep it clean. It’s not as difficult as people think. While the pump does an excellent job of keeping the water fresh, we recommend you also use chlorine tablets and a low-cost chlorine dispenser can be purchased at Douglas Forest & Garden to do this.   I hope this answers any questions you may have. But if you have any further thoughts or questions, please give us a call today on 021-4965132