The E3 beach in Eersel, around 10 kilometres away, is an excavation site featuring natural water and a beach park for all ages. From April, the beach is open daily, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. “Recovering from the stress of everyday life, lazing about in the sunshine, relaxing on the beach or on the lawns, 100% bliss! In the middle of the forest, close to Eersel, there is a unique spot: the E3 beach. This extensive, white sandy beach stretches from the edge of the forest right down to the water’s edge. There are various luscious green lawns for those who do not like the feeling of sand between their toes. In the sunshine, in the shade, in the hustle and bustle or in a quieter spot; there is a perfect place for everyone on these extensive grounds.”
Across the border with Belgium, in the town of Mol, around 7 kilometres away, you will find the Zilvermeer (‘silver lake’). “At the heart of the Zilvermeer Provincial Recreation Domain lies the swimming pond, which features two whirlpools, a water screen, and a water cannon; these transform the waters into a roiling sea and imbue the pond with a sense of adventure. A climbing tower with several water slides is the pond’s crowning glory. Swimming is perfectly safe for small children, because the pond is very shallow for the most part.” The Zilvermeer lake is open for recreational visitors daily from April, from 08:30am until 9:00pm.
Closer to home, around 3 kilometres away, is the SterrenStrand (‘Star beach’), which is part of the Ter Spegelt campground. This playing/swimming pool is more suitable for the little ones. “Enter a world of sand surrounding the 5-starred facilities of Ter Spegelt. Climb in the spectacular climbing castle (8 metres high!) and meet Freule, the lady of the castle. Play ‘the floor is lava’ on Timo Timing’s challenging path. Visit Zilva’s Harbour to discover ways to transport water and sand; there is a new discovery to be made in each little house! Find the secret entryway to the underground labyrinth, a maze of hallways that is bound to keep you entertained for hours. The SterrenStrand playground is surrounded by natural waters that are approx. 40 centimetres deep, perfect for playing in, splashing about, and making a mess with water and sand.
For the true swimming fanatics, Eersel has an indoor pool, called De Albatros (‘the albatross’). “The De Albatros Pool consists of two pools, an Olympic-sized swimming pool featuring 3 25-metre lanes and ranging in depth from 1.10 to 2 metres, and a teaching pool that measures 12 by 6 metres and ranges in depth from 0.40 to 1.10 metres. All of the necessary facilities are available; separate large changing rooms for men and women, changing stalls, toilets, and a separate changing room for disabled people featuring a toilet, showers, and lockers. There is also a toilet for disabled people in the viewing area that looks out over the pool. All of the facilities are easily accessible for disabled people. Moreover, the pool not only has sufficient changing room space and special toilets, but also broad stairs and a bath lift, which make it possible for disabled people to swim in our pool as well.” For the current opening hours and recreational swimming hours, please go to http://www.zwembad-albatros.nl/recreatief-zwemmen/
There are several other swimming facilities across the border in Belgium, such as the city pool in Lommel, the Aqua Mundo at the Lommel Centerparcs location, and many more.