With just over two weeks to go before Aldershot Lido opens its door for the 2022 summer season, and tickets on sale now, preparations for a long, hot summer of swimming are well under way.
The popular pool will reopen on Saturday 28 May in time for half term, with a variety of activities and entertainment, including live music from 12.30pm to 4pm and kayaking taster sessions, organised by The Friends of Aldershot Lido (FOAL).
Work to make sure the pool is looking its best has been going on throughout spring, including jet-washing the flumes, draining and cleaning the pool floor before re-filling, painting the walls and floors of the changing rooms, installing better locks, adding new sand to the sandpit, and laying new turf to improve the landscaping.
Meanwhile, the benefits of cold-water swimming have been hitting the headlines, thanks to the BBC series Feel the Fear. The series highlighted the positive effects of cold-water swimming on strengthening the immune system and improving blood flow. Frequent exposure to the cold through cold water swimming can also reduce inflammation, swelling and sore muscles, as well as helping to relieve symptoms of depression and increase feelings of wellbeing.
Linda Robins, who organises the early morning lane swimming at the Lido, and is a regular cold-water swimmer said: “This is a wonderful time to join the growing number of outdoor swimmers.
“Outdoor Swimmer magazine recently surveyed more than 4,500 swimmers for their Annual Trends report. They found that 19 per cent started swimming outdoors only 12 months ago, with 40 per cent having first taken the plunge in the last two years.
“Swimmers report tremendous benefits to physical and mental wellbeing. Our Aldershot Lido provides all these plus a natural outdoor swim in a truly safe environment.”
Following the success of the introduction of online booking last year, tickets can again be booked in advance (book before 9am on the day of your visit) on the Aldershot Lido website.
Tickets will also be available at the gate, but pool-goers are advised to book in advance for reduced price tickets, to secure fast-track entry and to avoid long queues and possible disappointment on the day.
Online tickets are just £8 for adults, £5 for juniors and senior citizens, and £22 for family tickets (family of four), with several exclusive offers available this season including half price entry every day after 3pm, season tickets and discounts for military personnel.
The Lido will be open every day during half term, from 10am to 6pm, and then weekends until Friday 1 July, when it will open every day through the summer.
Owned by Rushmoor Borough Council, and operated by Places Leisure, the Lido boasts three water flumes, a diving platform, a toddler paddling pool and sandpit, basketball and a picnic area set in nine acres of landscaped grounds.
Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “After a long winter, we can’t wait for the Lido to throw open its doors and welcome families, swimmers, and fun-seekers in to enjoy the facilities. It will be wonderful to hear the joy and laughter of everyone having fun in the sun.”
In addition to the usual opening times, an early morning lane swimming session will begin on Sunday 29 May, from 8am to 9am, and every Sunday at that time, with further lane swimming sessions from July, as follows:
- Tuesday 7am to 8am (First session 5 July)
- Wednesday 7am to 8am (First session 6 July)
- Thursday 7am to 8am (First session 7 July)
- Friday 7am to 8am (First session 8 July)
For more details, also see our Aldershot Lido page.