For those of us not lucky enough to own a swimming pool or head abroad this summer, we have found some of the best lidos, outdoor pools and lagoons around the UK to help cool you off. Even without private bartenders, cocktails and inflatables, each is well worth a visit!
Herne Hill in London has its very own water oasis in the form of Brockwell Lido. I know, who would have thought of a water oasis amidst this concrete jungle? The outdoor pool has been in use since the 1930’s and now the building is even Grade II-listed.
Do you like to be beside the seaside but don’t like the sea? Then the Bude Sea Pool located on the North Cornwall coast is for you. This water by the sea installation provides a safe place to swim at the seaside without having to venture into the unpredictable and salty sea – which we think is ideal. A popular destination, this sea pool is visited by thousands each year.
This Olympic-sized pool and lido in Aberdeen is the perfect spot, whether you fancy a fun splash session for the kids, a bit of lane swimming or a midnight dip beneath the stars to disco music (it takes all sorts). With heated, filtered sea water and sheltered sun terraces, just shut your eyes and imagine you are at a beach in the Mediterranean at Stonehaven Open Air Pool.
For open-air, wild swimming with a leafy backdrop, Hampstead Outdoor Ponds are perfect for you. The site is set amidst the backdrop of London’s beautiful Hampstead Heath and offers a men’s pond, a women’s pond and a mixed pond, so just choose an environment and decide who you wish to swim with. Uniquely, you can swim in these open-water facilities all year long, with a lifeguard on duty at each pond everyday!
Surf Snowdonia Lagoon, Wales
If you are looking for something water-based that’s a bit different, why not head to Surf Snowdonia Lagoon to surf the world’s longest man made surf – pretty cool! This transformed aluminium smelter is the new home to 1.8 metre high waves. Fear not, the lagoon welcomes learners too, with small waves at the edges and surf lessons available.
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