Better Lidos and Outdoor Swimming Pools

With many outdoor pools offering sunbathing terraces and continental style cafes, British lidos have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Following their heyday during the 1920s, a number of art deco buildings have been restored and re-opened to the public, enabling another generation to enjoy the pleasures of open air swimming.

ENSURE YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR LIDO VISIT

Pre Cleanse
Please help us to keep your pool clean by following our
Swim Hygiene guidelines by showering and using the toilet
facilities before you swim.
Respect
People of different standards and abilities will use the pool. Please
respect their right to enjoy their swim.
Speed
Choose your lane using the fast, medium and slow signs and by
watching those already swimming. Before pushing off at each
turn, check to see if anyone faster is approaching.
Direction
Please follow the directional signs and move across to the
appropriate side of the lane for each length.
Space
Try and leave at least 5 metres between yourself and another
swimmer and if it’s possible to see a pace clock, then a 5 second
gap is just as good.
Strokes
Wide stokes such as butterfly and breaststroke should be avoided
when the lanes become busy. If you change to a slower stroke as
part of your session, think about moving lanes.
Equipment
Fitness swimming training equipment, such as fins and hand
paddles, is permitted at the discretion of the lifeguard and based
on capacity. Snorkels can be used in conjunction with conventional
swimming goggles.
Resting
Whether stopping for a rest or catching your breath after
completing your swim, please be mindful that others using the
lane will want to keep on swimming without stopping
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London Fields Lido

London Fields Lido is a 50m Olympic size, heated outdoor swimming pool open all year round and located in Hackney, central London. The swimming pool has lane swimming available all day, swimming lessons for children and adults, one-to-one swimming lessons and advice and instruction for members and non-members during our swimfit sessions. Facilities also include a café as well as a large sundeck and sunbathing area.

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Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club

Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club in South London, reopened in 2013 following a massive £2 million refurbishment. As well as the heated outdoor pool, this site also features a gym, exercise studio, café, seating and sunbathing areas.

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Visit the new lido

 

Jesus Green Swimming Pool

Jesus Green Swimming Pool, situated in Cambridge, is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos built across the country in the 1920s. It opens for public bathing between May and September every year.

There is no need to book tickets for this lido, you can just turn up and pay-as-you-go, or if you have an existing Better Health & Fitness UK / Better Swim membership you can go straight in.

DISCOVER this historic lido

Oasis Sports Centre

According to TimeOut, Oasis Sports Centre is one of London’s best kept secrets! An 27.5m outdoor pool with an unrivalled history, it was first recorded as a bathing destination in the form of a Turkish Bath in 1728.

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explore this famous lido

 

Woodstock Open Air Pool

Woodstock Lido, located in Oxfordshire, consists of a main 25m swimming pool with a diving board and a toddlers’ paddling pool. The pools are heated to a very comfortable 29C. Facilities include indoor changing rooms with hot showers, a café and a large grassed picnic area.

There is no need to book tickets for this pool, you can just turn up and pay-as-you-go, or if you have an existing Better Health & Fitness UK / Better Swim membership you can go straight in.

Dive in at Woodstock

Finchley Lido Leisure Centre

Finchley Lido Leisure Centre, located in Barnet, includes a seasonal open air swimming pool, indoor pool, wave machine, fun spraying air jets, manoeuvrable water cannons and a rolling rapids feature.

There is no need to book tickets for this lido, you can just turn up and pay-as-you-go, or if you have an existing Better Health & Fitness UK / Better Swim membership you can go straight in.

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Riverside Park and Pools

Adjacent to the River Thames, between Crowmarsh Gifford and Wallingford, Riverside's campsite and heated outdoor pool is an ideal location for a family day out.

Facilities include a 23m heated pool, interactive water feature, campsite boasting 18 pitches, shower and washing facilities. Swimming season passes are also available.

There is no need to book tickets for this venue, you can just turn up and pay-as-you-go, or if you have an existing Better Health & Fitness UK / Better Swim membership you can go straight in.

Check out Riverside

West Reservoir Centre

West Reservoir is a manmade lake in the heart of Stoke Newington. It’s also London’s foremost Open Water Swimming venue. While wetsuits are compulsory, there is a stunning waterside café situated in what was once a pumping house – the ideal location to soak up the sun’s rays afterwards.

There is no need to book tickets for this venue, you can just turn up and pay-as-you-go, or if you have an existing Better Health & Fitness UK / Better Swim membership you can go straight in.

Take a dip in open water

ABBEY MEADOWS OUTDOOR POOL

Abbey Meadows, in Abingdon, has a heated outdoor pool, splash park with spray fountains, plus there's a play park and crazy golf course to keep the whole family entertained.

There is no need to book tickets for this pool, you can just turn up and pay-as-you-go, or if you have an existing Better Health & Fitness UK / Better Swim membership you can go straight in.

 

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Find Your Nearest Outdoor Swimming Pool

Thinking of visiting one of our open air swimming pools? Simply type your postcode or location in the relevant field below to find the nearest outdoor swimming pool to you.

*Opening hours vary by facility. Please check your local centre programme for more details.