Music Fest to Rock the Lido for 10th Anniversary Celebration

Local musicians are coming together with the community for a Music Fest to celebrate the the 10th anniversary of the pool being saved from closure.

 

Hosted by the Trust in association with Gordano Breakfast Rotary, the evening concert will be MCd by legendary radio DJs Mike Reid and Tony Prince, and streamed live on internet radio station United DJs

 

Acts will include the well-known Bristol cover band Tin Man, supported by local band The Mallards and some old-time rock ‘n’ roll with Rockin’ Johnny and the Reverbs.   Food and drink will be on hand from the tuck shop and BBQ and there will be a bar.

 

Tickets for the Music Fest are £12 in advance  (£15 on the night) and will be available from the Pool reception as well as online on Eventbrite

 

During the day it will be free to swim for everyone,  with musical entertainment throughout the day. Trustees and other volunteers will be on hand to show visitors around, including tours of the plant room for those keen to what goes on behind the scenes.  You will be able to join the Trust for a small membership fee to help ensure this wonderful facility keeps going for future generations, or volunteer to help with any aspect of running the pool or café.

 

It’s amazing to recall how close this much-loved facility came to being demolished in 2008 after North Somerset Council decided it was uneconomical to run, and the land should be sold off for redevelopment.  The community however begged to differ, and a Save The Open Air Pool (STOP) campaign was mounted with the support of the Evening Post.

 

The strength of feeling in the town was such that the Council eventually agreed to the formation of a charitable trust to run the pool on behalf of the community.

 

The story attracted the interest of a TV company and the result was a televised makeover ‘Ty’s Great British Adventure’ which gave a huge boost to community effort to rescue the pool from years of neglect.

 

Ten years on, our fortunes have been transformed. Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated band of volunteers, we now have a new pool liner and modern plant, upgraded changing rooms and a thriving tuckshop.

 

The Café too is now run partly by volunteers and is very popular with day trippers and swimmers alike.

 

Visitor numbers have soared from a low point of 10,000 in 2008 to a record 58,000 in 2018, as we have extended the season and introduced events like Halloween sessions and heated swimming at Christmas and February half-term.  The 2019 heated season got off to a fantastic start with record numbers visiting during the Easter heatwave, and over 1000 swimmers on Easter Monday alone.