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Get your fresh air fix year round, with this comprehensive round up of winter opening open air pools.

Many of the UK’s 100 plus lidos are seasonal, and in the depths of winter they hibernate under a silent blanket of leaves. We all miss them, but the colder months can be an ideal opportunity for a lido road trip to get your fix at a year round pool. The number of pools opening year round is growing, slowly but steadily, and for those of us who dread the winter retreat to the indoor fish tank this can only be a good thing.

Opening hours can vary wildly during the winter months, so refer to the websites for the latest news.

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Swims in this collection

  1. Chesham Town Swimming Pool

    The 19th-century custom of bathing in a stream on the local moor, in the Chilterns, stopped when this freshwater heated pool, 26m x12m, was built...

  2. Wycombe Rye Lido

    50m year round Lido, formerly known as Holywell Mead Pool; now operated by Fusion Leisure. http://www.wycomberyelido.com/find-us/

  3. Lido Spa and Restaurant

    The Lido is a veritable oasis tucked within a courtyard of Georgian Terraces, combining urban-chic with the feel of a luxurious country home. Whether you...

  4. Brockwell Park Lido

    This Grade II art deco lido was renovated and refurbished in 2005 with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund and is now run by...

  5. Charlton Lido Boxing Day Dip

    The Lido at Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club is a 50m heated outdoor pool, located in Hornfair Park. The Boxing Day Swim will take place...

  6. Hillingdon Sports and Leisure

    Refurbished about 4 years ago, there is a 50 m lap pool and a heated splash pool.

  7. London Fields Lido

    The original lido was opened in 1931, closed during World War 2, renovated in the 1950s and then closed from 1988 to 2006 when it...

  8. Parliament Hill Fields Lido

    Grade II listed in January 1999 as one of the finest surviving examples of a 1930s lido left in the UK. It measures 70m x...

  9. Park Road Pools

    Freshwater heated pool sheltered by a tall privet hedge. 50m x 23m, with a fountain and children's pool. Tel: 0208 341 3567

  10. Lido Ponty

    Wales' only surviving lido - a state of the art renovation featuring two 25m pools, a splash pool, cafe and adventure playground. Heated pools, with...

  11. Guildford Lido

    1930s lido, 50m x 28m, set in three acres of landscaped gardens at Stoke Park. Heated (23�C) and in the middle of Guildford. There are...

  12. Hathersage Pool

    Visited by Roger Deakin in 1996 and revisited in spring 2014 by Joe Minihane for his book Floating: A Life Regained. Bare in mind the Summer...

  13. Ilkley Pool and Lido

    Situated on the edge of Ilkley Moor and surrounded by wide open countryside, this freshwater, unheated lido is circular (46m in diameter) with a central...

  14. London Oasis Swimming Pool

    Right in the centre of Covent Garden and overlooked by flats and an 11-storey office block, this chlorinated, heated pool offers an unusual swim in...

  15. Petersfield Open Air Pool

    Super community outdoor 25m pool, with smaller toddler pool. Heated during the summer season, and offering weekend un heated sessions as of winter 2016. http://petersfieldpool.org...

  16. Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham

    One of the grand old ladies of the lido world - huge 50m pool and separate children's pool in a park like setting. Heated during the...

  17. Tooting Bec Lido: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

    Tooting Bec Lido will be open for swimming sessions on Christmas and Boxing Day (8am-12 noon) and New Year's Day (8am -2pm). Further information: https://www.slsc.org.uk/opening-times/

  18. Bude Sea Pool

    Bude Sea Pool was built in the 1930s to provide a safe environment for swimming for the people of Bude. This semi-natural pool, measuring 91m...

  19. Clevedon Tidal Pool

    Saltwater pool- approx 200m swimmable straight line distance if swimming far end by sea. Landside is shallow and pathways unfortunately sometimes have glass smashed on...

  20. Walpole Bay Sea Pool

    Very large sea pool in Cliftonville just outside of Margate

  21. Hampton Heated Open Air Pool

    Set in two acres of woodland next to Royal Bushy Park and heated to 28�C, open 365 days a year. The original plan (1891) was...

  22. Tamar Manoukian New Cumnock Outdoor Pool

    Refurbished by the Dumfries House Trust in summer 2017 this beautiful heated pool now offers a swish, spa pool feel for a fraction of the...

  23. Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool

    Built in the 1960s, this freshwater heated pool, 20m x 8m is set deep in the North Yorkshire dales and is run by the Feversham...

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