It seems that summer has finally arrived (we really hope it stays!) and if you can’t make it to the seaside then your local lido might just be the perfect place to go!
Whether you’re looking for a quick dip to cool off or perhaps fancy a change of scenery to your usual swimming regime the open air is certainly a great alternative. Here’s our quick round up of some of the best lido’s around!
The London Fields Lido, Hackney
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This once derelict 1930’s building has recently been re-furbished, re-opening in 2006 after 18 years of closure with the capital’s first Olympic sized heated outdoor swimming pool. The lido first opened in 1932 and has now been rebuilt to highest modern standards. With plans to build a retractable roof, this lido provides year-round activities for all ages and abilities. A great place to relax in the sun on the Sunbathing Terrace or you can grab bite to eat in their cafe.
Saltdean Lido, Sussex
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If you’re on the SouthCoast and fancy a swim, you could join the masses on pebbly Brighton beach, but if you want to avoid the crowds then why not go a mile up the coast to the wonderful art deco lido at Saltdean. It may not be the largest of lido’s, but it certainly has its charms on a hot summer’s day. In April this year Campaigners unveiled plans to build an extra indoor pool at the lido, so hopefully you’ll soon be able to enjoy the lido all year round! Facilities include two pools, a diving board, cafés and sun terraces. Saltdean Lido is also a bit of a bargain only costing £4 for adults, £3 children and £2 for under-5s and concessions. It is currently open 7am to 9pm weekdays and 10am to 6pm on the weekends, until mid-September.
Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham
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Set on a four acre site, the Sanford Park Lido is a fantastic outdoor pool based in the heart of Cheltenham, with the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds nearby. The lido itself is a children’s paradise with slides, a children’s pool and a paddling pool. The 50m pool is also an ideal place to train, with two lanes reserved most days. The 2013 season opened back on 4th May and will run until the 29th September. They even have four early morning swim sessions a week opening at 6:30am and 8am on Sundays, for those who fancy a bit more quiet time when swimming. However, it’s not just swimming they offer down at the lido. Visitors can play volleyball, table tennis and can even experience theatre and cinema in a unique setting.
Ilkley Lido, West Yorkshire
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Built in 1935 as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations for King George V, the lido has remained open since then from May to September each year and offers visitors fantastic range of things to do. The site has an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis courts, bowling greens, a café and an outdoor picnic area for visitors to enjoy. During the summer season it will cost £5.20 as an adult, £2.75 for juniors and £2.20 for concessions and is open from 10am-5.30pm Saturday and Sunday (open until 7.30pm Monday to Friday).
Stonehaven Open Air pool and Lido, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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The Stonehaven Open air pool and Lido first opened in June 1934 and is now open every day throughout out the summer season, officially closing on Sunday 1st September. The pool is located within a beautiful Art Deco building which holds a Category B listed buildings status and has been rated by VisitScotland as a 4star attraction. The lido offers visitors walled sun terraces, free patio armchairs and sun loungers, full disabled access, two water chutes and a poolside café and on Wednesday nights you can even go for a moonlit dip as the pool is open until after midnight. They also offer twice a week early morning swim sessions between 6:30am to 10am and daily quiet swims that do not allow for any music or unaccompanied children between 10 until 11am. For more general swimming the pool is open Monday to Friday 11am until 7.30pm and closes at 6pm on the weekends.
We really hope you are able to enjoy the fantastic lido’s Britain has to offer this summer! To see a more extensive list or to find a lido in your area please visit http://www.lidos.org.uk/