Whether you prefer the retro-chic of a lido, or are happy to risk it in less-glamorous open-water, outdoor swimming is undergoing a real renaissance. Many old lidos are being put back into service, and facilities created around popular open-water swimming spots to encourage more people to swim.
We currently have lifeguard jobs in many parts of the UK, especially for Rutland Water where we need lifeguards to work on the brand new lake beach facility from June to September. If you fancy a summer job with a difference and want to be play a part in the success of the new facility, then please visit our website to learn more – Lifeguard jobs in Rutland
Here’s a few places where you can swim in the lovely British sunshine!
The Helix in Falkirk, Scotland – A brand new lagoon has been opened at The Helix in Falkirk. It looks absolutely beautiful and is sure to be as bracing as Scotland itself.
Heron Lake, Middlesex – Heron Lake is one of the largest outdoor swimming lakes in England and is in easy reach of the M25. The lake is open to swimmers of all abilities and sessions start at just £5 but has limited times available so please check out their website.
Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool, Oxfordshire – Open from May to September, Abbey Meadows is open seven days a week and works on a session basis. The pools are suitable for children and lessons are available. The sessions are surprisingly cheap.
Askham Outdoor Pool, The Lake District – Due to open sometime in June, the two pools at Askham will be open in afternoons through the summer holiday season. Surrounded by the lush green that the Lake District is famed for, this is bound to be a lovely place to take a dip.
The Serpentine Lido, London – One of the most famous park lakes in the world has its own cordoned-off swimming section with beach. Open daily throughout the summer, with a terrace and a children’s play area, this is the perfect way to cool down on a hot London day.
Tooting Bec Lido, London – Possibly the most famous open air lido of them all, Tooting Bec Lido has been operating since 1906, and has been used as a film set, and a competition venue, as well as a public pool.
Ilkley Lido, Yorkshire – For those hardier Yorkshire folk, the lido at Ilkley has been providing outdoor swimming since 1935. It is also an unusual and interesting mushroom shape.
Have you been outdoor swimming? What are your favourite venues?