Welcome to our brand new blog where we hope to keep you updated with what’s going on at the pool plus news and info for supporters. Guest bloggers are welcome so if you’ve something you’d like to share, post a comment right here to our Facebook page!

 

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

Posted by on 18 Nov, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

‘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, and onto the present day....

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Christmas Heated Swim and other Events

Posted by on 27 Oct, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Christmas Heated Swim and other Events

With the extended heated season ending on 31 October, 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 mid-December so that visitors can enjoy a...

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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ at the Pool

Posted by on 4 Oct, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

‘Dog Day Afternoon’ at the Pool

On Sunday 30 September we got together with Portishead RNLI for a special event allowing dogs and their human families to enjoy a heated swim together whilst learning how to keep them and their owners safe in and around water. Two hundred dogs and their owners turned up to enjoy a splash in 29C comfort and there was much hilarity and splashing about as some nervous pooches clung to their owners or sat on their shoulders, whilst others dived in with gay abandon and had to be coaxed out at the end of their session with some special doggie ice...

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Mamma Mia 2 at the Pool is a Sellout!

Posted by on 1 Aug, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Mamma Mia 2 at the Pool is a Sellout!

We are excited to announce our first ever open air cinema event on Friday 7 September with a special screening of this summer’s latest blockbuster Mamma Mia 2. In association with the Curzon Cinema and the Torch Theatre Sunset Cinema, the Pool terraces will provide the perfect location to watch the movie when the sun sets. Tickets were released on Friday 27 July and sold out in 48 hours, with the Curzon website struggling to cope with the high demand at times.  We expected the event to be popular, but we were amazed to sell out so...

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Longest Day Swim – Friday 22 June 2018

Posted by on 13 Jun, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Longest Day Swim – Friday 22 June 2018

Would you  like to join our Pool Supporters Team for a sponsored swim at our Longest Day Swim event on Friday 22 June?  Our team swim slot is from 8am to 9.30am  but if you are unable to make this time, we will try to accommodate you on request between 12.30 pm and 4pm or from 6:00pm to 7.30pm.  The aim is to swim as many laps as you can in half an hour but it is not a race and you can swim at a pace which is comfortable for you. Also, this year we have some specialist swim tuition available from 1pm to 4pm, courtesy of well known local...

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7th Annual Inter Schools Gala 12 July 2018

Posted by on 12 Jun, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

7th Annual Inter Schools Gala 12 July 2018

For the 7th year running all five Portishead Junior Schools entered teams from Years 3 to 6 in our Annual Inter Schools Gala  and competed in heats and finals to win the coveted Arthur Grannan Champions Cup. Despite the early morning rain, 250 children lined up to race in 88 races which concluded with the very popular Year Team Relay Races . All schools swam very competitive races with the competition being the closest it has been since the event began in 2012. But the undefeated champions for the 7th year running were Highdown Junior school...

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Joyce Cooper 1949-2018

Posted by on 19 Apr, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Joyce Cooper 1949-2018

We are very sad to announce that Joyce passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday 11 April after a short illness.  Joyce was born in Salford and moved to Portishead in 1986.  She was closely involved with the pool since the fight to save it from closure in 2008.  She took part in the televised makeover and was a life member of Portishead Pool Community Trust, a regular volunteer and management team member as well as being the second longest serving Trustee.  She  was also a dear friend and colleague for many of us and we will miss her so...

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You’re #TopDog – Dog and Owner Water Safety Swim – Sunday 30 September

Posted by on 31 Jan, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Portishead Open Air Pool is getting together with Portishead RNLI to organise a special event allowing dogs and their human families to enjoy a heated swim together whilst learning how to keep them and their owners safe in and around water. If they don’t fancy getting their feet (or paws) wet there will be local vets and pet shops available to answer questions and there may even be a treat or two available! Dogs and owners swim events are increasingly popular throughout the world, with public swimming pools in the US and New Zealand also...

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Portishead Popsicle Cold Water Gala – 16 December 2017

Posted by on 20 Dec, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Portishead Popsicle Cold Water Gala – 16 December 2017

On Saturday 16 December, more than 150 swimmers from all over the country, including West Wales and Birmingham and as far away as Newcastle on Tyne, descended on our Pool to compete in the second Popsicle cold water gala held at the lido since it has been run by the community.  With a 2C air temperature and the water at 4.5C it qualified as an Ice Swim based on the standards of the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA), but that added to the challenge for the intrepid swimmers who took part in 100m, 300m and 1000m distances plus a 4...

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Festive Fun – Free Christmas and Boxing Day Events!

Posted by on 2 Dec, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Festive Fun – Free Christmas and Boxing Day Events!

We would like to invite you all to our free community events on Christmas and Boxing  Day mornings Christmas morning. Come and join us for a bracing cold water dip to build up your appetite for Christmas lunch. Doors open at 1015 to be in the water at 1030 for a mass start. We’ll clear the pool at 1100 to give everybody time to go home and tend to the roasties. Changing rooms will be open, and hot showers available after your dip. Wetsuits, Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and reindeer antlers welcome but not compulsory. There will be hot...

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