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!

 

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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Portishead Popsicle Cold Water Gala – 16 December 2017

Posted by on 23 Nov, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Portishead Popsicle Cold Water Gala – 16 December 2017

Entries have now closed for this  year’s Popsicle,  scheduled for Saturday 16 December, with the first race starting at 9.30am. Events include  100m, 300m and 1000m distances, plus a 4 person relay event and, brand new for this year, a 33.3m fly event. There are separate Separate wetsuit and skins categories. As always there will  be a distinctively festive theme with fancy dress and imaginative headgear encouraged. Swimmers will also have the opportunity to set qualifying times for other cold water swimming events taking place...

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6th Annual Inter Schools Gala 2017

Posted by on 25 Jul, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

6th Annual Inter Schools Gala 2017

Thursday 13  July was a perfect summer day for our  Annual  Inter Schools Gala. This is the sixth  year the event has run,  starting with the Mini Olympics in 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics, and the event has grown in popularity year on year.  It is now one of the highlights of the school year in Portishead,  with all five junior schools in the town – Highdown, Trinity, St Josephs, St Peters and Portishead Primary – entering teams from years 3 to 6 who compete to win the coveted Arthur Grannan Champions’...

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Longest Day Swim – Friday 16 June 2017

Posted by on 5 Jun, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Longest Day Swim – Friday 16 June 2017

Would you  like to join our Pool Supporters Team for a sponsored swim at our Longest Day Swim event on Friday 16 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 1pm and 5pm or from 5.30pm 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. Many of you will have already heard about or taken part in this event which is organised by the Raj K Soni Legacy...

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Preview Evening for Café Lido, our new Event Venue

Posted by on 27 Mar, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Preview Evening for Café Lido, our new Event Venue

Anyone who organises events, or who is considering a venue for a function or party such as a wedding, christening or other celebration in 2017, is invited to a preview evening at  Café Lido on Wednesday 29 March at 6pm. The unique venue, adjacent to the Pool and offering spectacular views of the Bristol Channel, features an optional bar licensed for events. With a capacity for 60 people, guests can be seated conference style or in a more informal party layout. Commercial promotional evenings, group meetings and family celebrations including...

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You saved it once, save it for the future!

Posted by on 14 Feb, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

You saved it once, save it for the future!

You’ve saved it once, save it for the future We are spending a lot of money at the moment to keep the pool going – new plant and filters, new skimmers and a brand new liner!  This is going to cost £250,000 – sounds like a lot of money but the good news is we already have 90% of money saved up over the last eight years and all this from people like you coming along on sunny summer days with your families and having a fantastic time.  Not forgetting of course all our loyal season ticket holders and regular swimmers.  Now we...

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Major repair and improvement programme at Pool

Posted by on 29 Jan, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Major repair and improvement programme at Pool

Contractors are moving in on Monday 30 January to start on a major repair and improvement programme at the Pool.  Opened in 1962, the 55 year old lido is beginning to show its age, despite a major makeover in 2009 when it was taken over by the Trust after being threatened with closure by North Somerset Council.  Temporary repairs have been made to the crumbling pool edges and original tile lining but we have have now made the decision that the scum channels should  be replaced by more modern and efficient skimmers.  The recent leaks in the...

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Lemon Drizzle beats the drizzle at Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted by on 19 Sep, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Lemon Drizzle beats the drizzle at Macmillan Coffee Morning

This year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning dawned to grey skies and drizzle but we pool volunteers and the local community refused to let the rain put us off.   We came determined to have a good time, enjoy a swim and a chat over coffee and cakes with friends – and while we were at it we donated £887 for Macmillan, a  charity which provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support for people facing cancer and their families, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. We closed for the season on Sunday 18 September but...

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Café Lido to stay open into autumn

Posted by on 12 Sep, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Café Lido to stay open into autumn

We have been celebrating the success of our new community venture Café Lido, which opened its doors as a volunteer run facility in April after a chequered history of being run by tenants since the Lido was taken over by the Trust in 2009.  The Café will continue to open every day 9.30am to 6.30pm until the 2nd October, from 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday throughout October and November and then the same daily hours from Friday to Sunday during December subject to business levels. Volunteers met at the café last week to hear how the...

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Emma’s Butterfly ‘Fly or Dry’ challenge to raise funds for Pool

Posted by on 9 Sep, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Emma’s Butterfly ‘Fly or Dry’ challenge to raise funds for Pool

On Friday 16 September from 9am, pool volunteer and Trustee Emma Pusill will attempt to swim 5 kilometres butterfly at Portishead Open Air Pool to raise £500 towards much needed major repairs to the pool.  Anyone who has ever tried to swim butterfly for even a couple of lengths will know what a difficult goal Emma has set herself and since she started training she has been dogged by ill health but she is determined to give it her best shot  and her friends and fellow swimmers will all be cheering her along and swimming alongside her to give...

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