Which outdoor pools are back open after easing of lockdown restrictions

Outdoor pools can reopen from this weekend but not many of them actually will. Credit: ITV News West Country

Outdoor swimming pools in the West Country have been given permission to reopen but most are staying closed, with many saying they were not given enough notice.

Those who manage several of the open air pools have said they need time to implement new health and safety measures and are asking swimmers to be patient until they announce opening dates.

Portishead Lido will not be reopening until April 2021 Credit: ITV News West Country

Portishead Open Air Swimming Pool has announced it will not be reopening for the rest of the season.

Chairman Jon Barr said the experience would be severely hampered by the new safety measures and it is not financially viable for them to reopen for a short season.

At present, we cannot offer that safe, financially viable and inclusive opportunity to the residents of Portishead and visitors to our town.  When we can, the Trustees will be ready to plan re-opening.

Jon Barr, Chairman of Portishead Pool Community Trust

Open air sea pools such as Clevedon's Marine Lake and Bude Sea Pool are open and have been welcoming swimmers providing they follow social distancing.


What's happening at my nearest outdoor pool?

The owners of Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham have been campaigning for outdoor pools to be allowed to reopen. Credit: Sandford Parks Lido

Sandford Parks Lido - Cheltenham

Cheltenham's outdoor pool is not yet open to the public either.

In a statement bosses said they were delighted as "this comes after a successful period of lobbying and campaigning which we were pleased to support."

They thanked everyone who signed the Swim England petition and said they are working on their opening plan so customers can swim safely and staff are protected.

Bristol Lido

The pool at The Lido in Clifton, Bristol, is also still closed.

They've told customers staff have not been on site since 22 March and need time to prepare for a safe return of guests. They've promised more information on their reopening in the coming days.

Portishead Open Air Swimming Pool

The outdoor pool in Portishead will not reopen until at least April 2021.

Trustees said it was not an easy decision to make as they need to strike a balance between the needs of regular swimmers and the wider community.

Portishead Open Air Pool will stay closed until 2021. Credit: ITV West Country

Clevedon Marine Lake

The sea pool is open but as usual without any lifeguards.

The friends of Clevedon Marine Lake have issued advice for swimmers to maintain social distancing while using the pool and observe the yellow lines.

Greenbank Swimming Pool - Street

The heated outdoor pool in Street, Somerset, will not be reopening this season.

Those who run the facility said due to the pandemic they have made the 'difficult decision' to not reopen until 2021.

Chagford Lido

The Lido at Chagford is not open yet.

In a post on their Facebook page they've asked swimmers to bear with them as they put the new guidelines in place before announcing a date to reopen.

Bude Sea Pool

The pool at Summerleaze is open for swimmers.

Friends of Bude Sea Pool said the semi-natural amenity provides a safer environment than the sea for swimmers and water sports, however it is not without risk, therefore use of Bude Sea Pool is at swimmers' own risk.

Tinside Lido - Plymouth

The outdoor pool overlooking the Hoe is not yet reopen.

Owners Everyone's Active said they are working with the local authority partners on their plans to reopen and have asked customers to read their reopening measures.

Jubilee Pool has welcomed the announcement and will reopen soon. Credit: ITV West Country

Jubilee Pool - Penzance

The outdoor pool in Penzance has not yet reopened.

Those who run the Jubilee Pool said it is 'not as simple as just reopening the pool gates' and anticipate it will take at least two weeks before they can reopen.