Portishead Rotary Club presents Pool with new Radio Mic

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Portishead Rotary Club presents Pool with new Radio Mic

We were delighted to receive a cheque for £500 towards a new outdoor radio mic for our PA system  from Portishead Rotary Club recently.  The cheque was presented by Club President Tony Mosely and fellow Rotarian Richard Bonfield who told us that their members were keen to support projects in the local community and were particularly pleased to support the Trust as part of our ongoing commitment to improve facilities at the Pool and Café. The Rotary Club is due to celebrate its 40th birthday later this year and...

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Winter Warmer – February Half Term Swims

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Winter Warmer – February Half Term Swims

You don’t need to visit Center Parcs or the Blue Lagoon in Iceland to swim outdoors in heated bliss this February half term. Following on from the amazing success of our Christmas and New Year swims, we will be heating the pool to 29C, making sure the changing rooms are toasty and hot drinks are on offer in the tuckshop, so why not bring the whole family to enjoy some holiday fun ? (There will of course be lanes if you just want to swim.) Advance booking is necessary, and tickets are now available via Eventbrite...

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Pool was the Hot Ticket this Christmas Season

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Pool was the Hot Ticket this Christmas Season

This Christmas and New Year holidays, the newest experience for families over the was an outdoor dip at the Pool.  Over the last few years our Christmas and Boxing Day dips have been a big draw, attracting hundreds of brave swimmers even though the water was unheated and as cold as 6C.  But this Christmas for the first time we decided to heat the water to 29C and open for more days over the festive season.  Tickets for hour long sessions over Christmas went online in early November and had sold out within a few...

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Review of the Year 2018

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Review of the Year 2018

2018 has been the most successful season to date for the Lido since it was taken over by by the Community Trust in 2009, with over 53,000 visitors between April and September and many more attending events and swimming during the extended season. This was mainly due to the fantastic weather, especially in June and July but the many new initiatives and improvements to the pool and café were also a factor. Pre Season: Before the pool opened on 21 April, volunteers were hard at work painting and cleaning....

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‘Celebrating Portishead Open Air Pool’ – a full illustrated history by John Birkinshaw

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‘Celebrating Portishead Open Air Pool’ – a full illustrated history by John Birkinshaw

Celebrating Portishead Open Air Pool, a fully illustrated history by John Birkinshaw of Portishead Pool Community Trust, will be published on Friday 23 November by Clevedon Community Press, the Publishing Press of Clevedon Community Bookshop Co-operative. Its retail price is £9.95. This third publication from Clevedon Community Press charts the history of the open air pool from when the suggestion that it should be built was first mooted in 1924 through to its opening by Portishead Urban District Council in 1962,...

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Christmas Heated Swim and other Events

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Christmas Heated Swim and other Events

With the extended heated season ending on 31 October 2018,  we are busy planning some exciting events over the winter including the chance of a Christmas heated swim! Christmas Heated Swim: Looking for ideas for a family outing to keep the kids occupied while they are waiting for Santa?  A fun and healthy activity to burn off the extra calories?  And something to do when all the pressies have been unwrapped? For the first time in the 56 year history of the seafront lido the boilers will be turned on in...

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