Lidos and open air swimming pools open out-of-season by Oliver Merrington and Andy Hoines
Waterbeach, Cambridge.

Several lidos in the UK remain open all the year round, and a few close late in the season and/or open early. There are also the tidal pools by the seaside which fill up with seawater at every high-tide. Seawater temperatures are usually at their highest in August and September.

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The following lidos and open air pools are open for swimming for 12 months in the year:

Aylesbury (20m heated outdoor pool) at Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre, Bucks. [except some holidays, such as Christmas Day]
Hampton Heated Open Air Pool, Hampton, Middlesex
Highgate Ponds (natural lakes), London NW3 [membership of Hampstead Heath Winter swimming Club may be required]
Oasis Swimming Pool (heated), London WC2 [except some holidays, such as Christmas Day]
Parliament Hill Lido (unheated), London NW5 [7am to 12 noon from October to March]

The following lidos and open air pools are open late in the summer season, i.e. after 11 September 2006:

Please note: Cheltenham: Sandford Parks Lido (heated), Gloucs. - was only open until 3 Setember in 2006 (earlier than normal, due to major works)

Until 17 Sept: Guildford Lido (Surrey), Hampstead Heath ponds and Parliament Hill Lido (summer opening times)

Until 24 Sept: Oxford, Hinksey Pools (heated); London: Tooting Bec Lido (unheated; end of summer season)

Until 30 Sept 2006: Hathersage Open Air Heated Swimming Pool, Derbyshire (reduced opening hours after 10 Sept)

Until 1 Oct: Bude Tidal Seawater Pool [and staffed by lifeguards], Nantwich Outdoor Brine Pool (heated) Cheshire; Petersfield Open Air Pool (heated), Hampshire; Portishead Open Air Pool (heated), nr Bristol, Avon

Until end Sept or early Oct (weather dependant): Burgess Hill: Aztec Lido, West Sussex; Chelmsford: Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Essex; London: Richmond Lido (Pools in the Park)

Until 8 Oct: Hemel Hempstead: Outdoor Swimming Pool (heated), Herts.

Until 15 Oct: London: Park Road Pools.

Until end of October: Chesham Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool, Bucks.; Tonbridge Swimming Pool (heated, linked to the inside pool by a swim-through channel)

27 Oct to 17 Dec: London: London Fields Lido, Hackney (heated, closed since 1998, reopened 2006)

Some lidos operate membership clubs which allow access to swimming pools out of season:

Club use of Charlton Lido, London SE7

Serpentine Swimming Club in The Serpentine, a lake in Hyde Park, London W2

tooting bec lido
South London Swimming Club
at the unheated Tooting Bec Lido London SW16. But from October to December 2006, please note that it is closed for renovation.

All the above links go to entries on other pages on my website. These pages are:

Oliver Merrington, first compiled in 2003.
Updated 26 October 2006.