We probably could have done with this news a couple of months ago. But, while the country might not be melting from a heatwave anymore, news of another local swimming spot is always good news to us. After nearly 40 years of closure, Cleveland Pools in Bath will reopen this Autumn.
The Georgian era lido was built back in 1815 by John Wood, the Elder. He was also responsible for much of Bath’s iconic look, including the Circus, Prior Park and and South Parades, as well as The Exchange in Bristol. It is the oldest public outdoor swimming pool in England.
Cleveland Pools operated until its closure in 1984, briefly being used as a trout farm before falling into disrepair. Since then, locals have made much effort to reopen the site. After raising more than £8 million, with the help of the public and other grants such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it will now reopen on September 17.
Tickets for this Heritage Open Day are sold-out, unfortunately. But don’t fret, the lido is back for good this Autumn. News of the opening programme should be rolled out shortly. For the remainder of the year, Cleveland Pools will offer cold water swimming sessions 12 to 6pm on Wednesdays 9am – 1pm on Saturdays.
Yes, you read that right, cold water swimming… There are plans for the pools to be heated, but due to technical reasons, they are not as of yet. Heating likely won’t be installed until the new year. So it’s advised you bring a wetsuit and lots of swimming spirit.
Restoration of Cleveland Pools has included its largely unaltered grade II listed buildings, as well as the two pools; one for adults and competent swimmers and a smaller, shallower pool for children. There is also a lounge area, toilets and showers, a refreshment kiosk, and a heritage exhibition & learning space on site. To follow updates on the lido head here.