Portishead pool to extend Christmas swim seasons

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 November 2018

Christmas Day Swim

Christmas Day Swim

Archant

Portishead’s pool will for the first time in its history be open in December to offer swimmers a warm swim.

The lido will be open to everyone from December 23-26.

While the Christmas Day swimming session is a regular fixture in Portishead’s diaries, the extended winter season will no doubt please people who fancy a dip during the festive period.

Pool spokesman Barbara Thatcher said it will be perfect for any parent not sure what to do with the children over the school holiday, or anyone who is keen to work off some of the inevitable Christmas calories.

She said “We are very excited about this new initiative.

“We think it will be very popular and could even rival the appeal of the ice rink at Cribbs shopping centre.

“It’s creating quite a buzz on social media already and 200 tickets sold online in the first six hours.”

The open air pool has been in operation for 56 years and this is the first time the boilers will be switched on in mid-December to warm up the water.

The pool will be heated to 28C and there will be one-hour time slots for swimmers to use the pool over the four days.

Every session will be ticketed, with the exception of the Christmas Day plunge where visitors will be asked to make a donation and entry will be conducted on a first-come basis.

Sessions will run from 3-7pm on December 23, 10am-2pm on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, 10-11.30am on Christmas Day.

Pool volunteers say times may be extended depending on ticket sales.

Tickets, priced £5.98, are available online at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Other Sport Stories

33 minutes ago

Nailsea & Backwell Under-12s got back to winning ways with victory at a combined St Brendan’s and Lockleaze team.

Read more
46 minutes ago

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI finished the year in second spot in the league after a derby victory over North Somerset.

Read more
47 minutes ago

North Somerset men’s 1st XI enjoyed a successful weekend, with victory in the league and a win in the quarter-finals of the cup.

Read more

Portishead Running Club’s Stuart Ellis stormed to victory in the M70 category at the Christmas Cracker 10k on Weston beach.

Read more

Mark Bromsgrove was the winner of Clevedon Freshwater Angling Club’s Christmas Fayre competition at Kingston Seymour.

Read more

Kingston Seymour A are the leaders of the Clevedon & District Skittles League Division 1.

Read more
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A comprehensive victory over Chosen Hill saw Clevedon return to winning ways in the league.

Read more
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Nailsea & Backwell lost to Burnham by just one point and also relinquished their unbeaten home record in the process.

Read more
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Undefeated Wiveliscombe proved too strong for visitors Yatton.

Read more
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Clevedon Town completed the double over Hengrove Athletic in the league, but were knocked out of the Les Phillips Cup in a midweek tie.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Useful Links

Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications