With the sun shining and the school holidays nearly upon us, it’s safe to say that summer is now in full flow, meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to plan some quality time with the family.
Britain may not be the first place that springs to mind when thinking about sunbathing, swimming and other classic summer activities, but it should be. From Glasgow to Cornwall, there are lots of amazing lidos and open-air swimming pools that are just waiting to be discovered. So, grab your swimming costumes and check out some of our favourite lidos and open-air swimming pools in Britain.
Jubilee Pool, Penzance
Just under 45 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park and located on the picturesque coastline of Cornwall, Penzance’s Jubilee Pool welcomes all ages, from the end of May to mid-September.
The pool is one of Cornwall’s top attractions, with magnificent Art Deco architecture dating back to its opening in 1935, to mark the Silver Jubilee of George V. The pool has recently been restored and is now grander than ever, with its unique Cubist style changing rooms and streamlined pool structure. With a licensed café for adults, a baby pool for the little ones and a giant inflatable to play on, Jubilee Pool is a great place for the whole family.
If you’re not a fan of getting your hair wet, there are other activities such as yoga and circuits to enjoy too. Whilst you’re in the area, visit The Bay Restaurant, which offers delicious local seafood and stunning views stretching across the beautiful Mounts Bay.
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Ilkley Pool and Lido, Yorkshire
With the famous moorland providing a beautiful backdrop, Ilkley Lido is certainly a pool with a view. Under 45 minutes from Todber Valley Holiday Park, the lido is known as one of the best outdoor pools in the North of England.
There’s an indoor and outdoor pool, so whatever the weather you can enjoy a splash amongst this scenic setting. Although swimming is the most popular activity, you can also relax at a yoga class, or enjoy a game of tennis with the family.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of places to enjoy a bite to eat. Take a seat at the lido’s popular Art Deco style café, or set up a picnic on the lawns. Alternatively, for a more sophisticated option, check out the iconic Bettys Café Tea Room in Ilkley town, famously known as “The Home of Afternoon Tea.”
For even more adventure, try out Ilkley’s own Clip ‘n’ Climb, a climbing wall leisure complex, for an exhilarating afternoon to remember. Make a day of it by exploring the nearby historic towns of Skipton and Harrogate, where you can enjoy a long lunch and browse the quirky high street shops.
Gourock Outdoor Pool, Renfrewshire
Just 20 minutes from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park is Gourock Outdoor Pool, Scotland’s oldest lido. Whether you want to be daring on the diving boards or take in the beautiful views of the River Clyde, there’s endless fun to be had.
As an alternative to swimming, popular aqua classes are held here too, and the newly refurbished gym offers a contemporary and modern space to exercise. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head off for a delicious meal. There are plenty of places nearby, including cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, serving up the traditional seaside cuisine of fish and chips.
Scotland also boasts some of the darkest skies in Europe, making it one of the best places to stargaze. Visit the pool by night for a midnight swim under the stars, the perfect activity for a warm summer evening.
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Tinside Lido, Plymouth
Just under an hour from both Challaborough Bay Holiday Park and Torquay Holiday Park, Tinside Lido has been voted one of the top 16 best outdoor pools in Britain. This iconic Art Deco inspired round pool has great views overlooking The Sound, one of Plymouth’s most popular bays. From small fishing boats to huge ferries, enjoy watching a vast array of boats glide into the harbour as you relax by the pool.
Three fancy fountains and regular inflatable fun sessions make this salt water pool a great day out for the kids this summer. Whilst the children have fun, you can soak up the sun on the terrace whilst looking out onto the sparkling sea. Visit the lido by night, and watch a film at one of the many open-air cinema events hosted at the pool.
Alternatively, take a stroll along the stunning Plymouth Hoe and Pier, with the iconic Smeaton’s Tower in view. You can even climb the 93 steps to the lighthouse, where you can appreciate the 360° views of the city and moors.
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