Britain’s first Lido, Cleveland Pools, has announced that it will re-open this September, marking nearly 40 years since it was last used by the public.
Its Heritage Open Day, taking place on Saturday 17th September, was made available to book over the weekend. A total of 900 swims were booked on the Lido’s website, filling the location’s first day in just ten minutes.
Following the demand, the attraction in Bath addressed its followers on Twitter, writing that it was ”overwhelmed” by the support. It said more swims would soon be made available.
This event is now fully booked and bookings are closed.
Thanks for your support 🙏 https://t.co/sOCaB8eDE9
— Cleveland Pools (@Clevelandpools) September 3, 2022
The historic site is to be reopened following a multi-year project by The Cleveland Pools Trust, in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, English Heritage and Bath & North East Somerset Council.
To date more than £8m has been raised towards its construction and restoration of the open-air public swimming pool.
The Volunteer team behind the The Grade II* heritage attraction won ‘Volunteers of the Year’ at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2022.
The judges said the “large-scale, cross-generational group of volunteers successfully reached diverse members of the wider community, managing to bring the joy of the pools to a much wider audience.”