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10 Of The UK's Best Outdoor Swimming Pools To Live The Lido Life

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01.08.2020

You’re reading our series Summer’s Not Cancelled, celebrating summer in this new normal. From rediscovering nature and cherishing time with friends and family to virtual festivals and unforgettable staycations – summer’s still here, it’s just different.

Is there any better feeling than dipping your toes into the cool, refreshing waters of the pool? After a sticky train or car journey submerging your entire body (head and shoulders, too) feels like a luxurious treat – how we’ve missed it.

It’s been a while, but now that many (but not all) lidos have reopened to the public: it’s time to put on your cossie, roll up your towel and pick up your suncream. We’re going swimming.

From Yorkshire to Brighton, these are the best outdoor pools in the UK that’ll guarantee you the best of British summertime.

1. Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Want a swim that overlooks the picturesque coastline of Cornwall? Then Penzance’s Jubilee Pool is the answer. The largest seawater lido in the country boasts magnificent Art Deco architecture and Cubist-style changing rooms dating back to its opening in 1935, the pool has recently been restored and is now grander than ever with more streamlined swimming lanes. For those who’d prefer to sit on the sidelines and watch there’s also a licensed café for adults, a toddler’s pool set within the main swimming area, and a giant inflatable for kids to play on.

Advance booking required. There are five hourly swim sessions between 10am - 4pm. Tickets cost £4.25 for adults, while children cost £3.00. Visit the website for more information.

2. Hathersage Swimming Pool, Peak District

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Swim with the beautiful surrounding views of the Peak District at Hathersage Swimming Pool. At home in a quaint village, the pool has been around since the 1930s and the pool is heated to 28C all year – bringing joy to outdoor swimmers and visiting families for years to come. The adjoining cafe is ready to refuel you afterwards, but if you fancy bringing your own snacks or picnic there is a lawned seating area with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. Rest assured, the pool has recently undergone recent renovations which includes the installation of a new circulation and filter system.

Advanced booking required. Hourly swim sessions between 7am-7pm. Half-hour swim sessions for members only. Tickets cost £7 for adults, while children cost £4. Visit the........

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