UK Winter Lido List

The growing popularity of outdoor swimming over recent years has encouraged lidos all over the UK to introduce a winter swimming season. So – as temperatures start to drop and the summer crowds disappear – the winter months are an opportunity to enjoy some quiet lengths and calm reflection alongside your fellow cold-seekers.

Please check websites for the latest news and opening times. 


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North West

Ingleton Lido

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Set amidst the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, at the foot of Ingleborough, one of the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks, Ingleton Lido will be staying open this winter for the first time in 90 years. The 20m pool is unheated, but hot drinks and snacks are available. 



Hathersage Pool

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This heated pool in the heart of the Peak District is open throughout the winter season, with an exciting events calendar which includes night swims and live music. 




New Bath Hotel Pool

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Located on the south-east border of the Peak District, this 36.5m spring-fed pool is open throughout the winter months alongside a range of spa facilities. 



Droitwich Spa Lido

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Droitwich Spa Lido offers a unique opportunity to swim in a 40m saltwater pool, surrounded by Art Deco architecture and green parkland. Pop into Little Al’s to warm up afterwards. 




Lido Ponty

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The only lido in Wales! Lido Ponty pops with Art Deco flair amidst the dramatic Welsh Valleys. 



East Anglia

Jesus Green Lido

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Jesus Green Lido is a very special place to swim. Stretching 90m, it’s one of the longest pools in Europe, designed to mimic swimming in the much-loved Cam. The pool is unheated, but there is a sauna where you can warm up afterwards. 



Beccles Lido

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Set on the banks of the River Waveney between Norfolk and Suffolk, Beccles Lido is open throughout the winter season. Canoes also available for hire if you fancy a new challenge. 




Parliament Hill Lido

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This enormous 66m pool is a favourite for many outdoor swimmers around the UK with a stainless steel bottom which reflects the low winter sunlight. There is a sauna and cafe where you can warm up afterwards and the annual Ice Swim Hootenanny with a range of individual, relay and endurance events. 



London Fields Lido

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London Fields Lido is another enormous 50m pool which remains heated throughout the winter season. There is a cafe on site and plenty to do on Broadway Market which is a two-minute walk across the park. 



Oasis Sports Centre

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A 27.5m heated pool on the edge of Covent Garden. Is this the best-kept secret in London? 



Brockwell Lido

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Brockwell Lido is a snazzy 50m pool in South London, with an excellent poolside restaurant run by Four Hundred Rabbits, serving breakfast, brunch, pizza and drinks. Swim on a Sunday morning and then hop over the road for a mooch around Herne Hill Market. 



Charlton Lido

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This Olympic-size pool in Greenwich is heated to 25 degrees throughout the winter months. Fitness swimming is always available alongside a range of other gym and sports facilities. 



Pools on the Park

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Another well-kept secret. You can find this heated 33m pool round the corner from Richmond Station. Swim at the weekend and check out Duck Pond Market afterwards. 



Hampton Lido

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Another great option in SW London. Located on the edge of Royal Bushy Park, this heated 36m pool is open all year round. Check the website for details on Moonlight Dip sessions and special Christmas swims. 



South West

Cleveland Pools

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After an 18-year campaign and a £9m restoration, the UK’s oldest lido (built in 1815) reopened in 2022. Enjoy swimming in this heated semi-circular pool on the banks of the River Avon. 



Lido Bristol

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Lido Bristol delights with a luxurious interpretation of the lido experience, ideal for a treat during the cold winter months. Enjoy the heated 24m pool, with sauna, steam room and hot tub. Also check out the mouthwatering Instagram below for more details on the poolside bar and restaurant. 



Portishead Lido

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This 33m pool overlooking the Bristol Channel is open on weekends throughout the winter season. Make sure you check out the Portishead Popsicle with friendly relay events and mulled wine. 



Sandford Parks Lido

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This 50m Art Deco pool in the heart of Cheltenham is open throughout the winter season, including a popular Christmas Day swim. 



Petersfield Pool

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Swim while you can! The boilers will be switched off in September but the pool will stay open until the water drops below 14 degrees. Not hot showers but there is a cafe for warm drinks afterwards. 



Buckfastleigh Pool

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The oldest pool in Devon opens on Sunday mornings throughout the winter months. 



The Jubilee Pool

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This iconic Art Deco pool on the edge of Penzance has something for everyone. You can either swim in the UK’ largest seawater pool or enjoy the geothermal option with temperatures up to 35 degrees. Pop into the cafe afterwards for fresh coffee and cakes from local suppliers.  



South East

Woburn Lido

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Given to the community in 1911, this 23m pool has been open for over 100 years. The heating is turned off in the winter but there is a cafe where you can warm up afterwards. 



Chesham Moor

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This historic pool began life as a bathing spot in the 1890s. Now heated to 28 degrees all year round, you can enjoy the winter sunrise with an early morning dip. 



Wycombe Rye Lido

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Enjoy this heated 33m pool alongside a range of gym and sport facilities. 



Thames Lido

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Close to Reading Station, on the banks of the River Thames, this lido is run by the same team behind Lido Bristol. Enjoy the heated 25m pool with sauna and hot tub. Also have a look at the Instagram below for more details on the poolside bar and restaurant. 



Sea Pools

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The UK also has some extraordinary sea pools which can provide a sheltered alternative to sea swimming in rural communities.

Check out Bude Sea Pool (Cornwall), Clevedon Marine Lake on the Bristol Channel, Walpole Bay Tidal Pool (Kent), St Monans Sea Pool (Fife), which the local community has recently restored, and La Vallette Bathing Pools in Guernsey with new stylish and accessible facilities. 

The Lido Guide

A heartfelt thanks to Emma Pusill for her dedication to promoting lidos around the UK.

Emma Pusill and Janet Wilkinson’s complete guide to all the UK’s publicly accessible open-air pools is available here:

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