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The Liverpool Echo reports: A plan to create a stunning outdoor city swimming pool could still go ahead – despite Liverpool missing out on the Commonwealth Games .

But the public facility may not be built in the city centre docks as was previously suggested.

As part of the city’s ambitious bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, plans were put forward to create a huge 5,000-seat swimming arena in one of the docks near the Albert Dock.

The idea was that the pool and surrounding deck would float in the dock while stands and a roof would be built above it.

Spectators would have stunning views over Mann Island and the Pier Head.

If the games bid had been successful, the venue would have hosted the swimming events – before the stands would be removed and the pool would open to the public as a city centre “lido.”

But speaking at today’s council cabinet meeting, Mayor Joe Anderson said the failed games bid does not mean that the pool plan will not go ahead.

“We have talked in the office about the lido and whether we still have that out there in the Docks or whether we have it at the Garden Festival site – we will look at doing something.”

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The Telegraph reports: The National Trust is to open its first public swimming pool after gardeners restoring a spectacular Victorian property stumbled across a long forgotten lido.

Groundsmen working at Standen House in West Sussex  – the former home of celebrated horticulturist Margaret Beale – discovered the neglected pond when they nearly fell into it while clearing undergrowth.

The lido was built in the 1890s for the wealthy Beale family and their seven children to enjoy a dip in the heart of their 12 acre garden. But it was long forgotten after being hidden beneath decades of growth. It would be the first time a man-made pool had been opened to the public at one of its properties.

Letters and diary entries by Mrs Beale, housed at Standen, reveal how the children spent happy summer in the pool. They would compete for the right to swim in the deep end by testing how long they could remain dunked underwater, and would dare one another to jump in rather than descend the steps. Read more…

 

 

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The Londonist reports: Uxbridge Lido — or Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, as it’s now called — is one of London’s great resurrection stories. Thanks to a campaign to bring the lido back to life, it was reborn again in 2010…

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The pavilion’s been modernised and extended, but vitally retains its 1930s sass. Sun loungers add a further touch of vintage glamour, meaning you can dip in and out of magazines/the pool over the course of an afternoon. The whole experience feels less leisure centre, more holiday resort. More…

See: Lidos Open – Rivers Close

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Jenny Landreth of the Telegraph reports: The joy of swimming in lidos – and what they tell us about ourselves. There are people for whom the notion of a lido …is not appealing at all.  Some people would only consider dipping their toe into an outdoor pool on a Mediterranean summer holiday where the temperatures barely drop below 30 degrees. Some of course would prefer not to share with anyone outside immediate family. Some swimmers need a roof. And for ‘wild’ swimmers, lidos are restrictive boxes of chemically-treated water, offering none of the freedoms that being outdoors should bring…

The Blue Lagoon Bristol 1937

…To my mind, lidos offer three very particular things: freedom, equality, and community. If all that sounds suspiciously French, it’s merely a happy coincidence because the nostalgia that surrounds them feels particularly British. Something in the solidly unpretentious architecture, and something in the water. Something cold. Maybe it should be part of our nationality exam: if you can get in freezing water then turn to your companions and say through gritted teeth ‘it’s fine once you get in’ you are British. There’s nothing, except maybe cake, we do as well as stoicism.

Swimming History in Leicester

When the then Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Josiah Stamp, opened the Morecambe Lido in 1936 he said: ‘When we get down to swimming’ he said ‘we get down to democracy’.  He was right: we are all equal in a swimming cap…  Everywhere else, we’re prodded and pushed, cossetted and coddled, shouted at and sold to, from screens on the buses, in post office queues, up every escalator, and on our phones. Swimming in a lido puts all of that temporarily on hold. It may be a 90metre artificial box of bright blue tucked in a corner of Tooting Common, but when you get into the water you can be right at the heart of your day, feeling whatever it has to chuck at you. The freedom of solitude and the ability to forget quite where you are, while simultaneously celebrating it. These are simple pleasures. The joy of feeling free, and alive.More…

Did you know – The Lido is responsible for seismic shift in the nations attitude towards swimming. Read chapter 5 of the book: Hung Out to Dry – Swimming and British Culture; Lido’s Open, Rivers Close.

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From the Guardian Swimming Blog: “I love the “pocket adventure” of swimming in freezing-cold water in your lunch hour. I love the juxtaposition of sitting at a desk in a climate controlled sterile office environment, and the next minute screaming and howling at the cold in a pond, in the middle of a building site. And I love that an hour later I am back at my desk wondering if I dreamt it all up. I love my winter swimming buddies. In reality, outside of a one-hour appointment, once a week, we know next to nothing about one another. But we know that we’re a rare breed, we are made of the same stuff: of a love of the water, of a boldness to step outside of a comfortable life, to be thrilled and challenged, to be chilled to our cores and warmed with laughter and camaraderie. To be legends in our own lunchtimes.” More…

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Alcala

Wild Swimming Tenerife Alcala

Alcala’ is one of my favorite swimming destinations in Tenerife.

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If you park in the town square and head to the sea, you will find a small beach followed by a sunbathing terrace with a number of steps into the sea.

Sunbeds and parasols are available on the terrace along with foot showers on the beach. I love diving from the key into the swirling waters at high tide and swimming with the turtles.

The brilliance of the chrome handrails gives the place the feel of a true lido tempting swimmers into the water. Nearby cafe’s revive travelers and refresh swimmers with sea views across a tiny black sand beach to the rock formations beyond.

Natural Swimming Pool Alcala

When you think you have seen and done it all its time to go and find the sea pools and new beaches just a few minutes walk away.

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From the beach walk along the lido terrace and follow the coastal path through the recreation areas and on to the sea pools. Hear you will find toilet facilities and a beach bar in an area that is ideal for children. Don’t forget to take a snorkel.

Map showing Alcala Sea Pools

Stay Safe when swimming!

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Campaigners in Co Down are desperately trying to save one of the last open-air sea water swimming pools in Ireland from closure. Reports the Belfast Telegraph…

The pool is open for eight weeks during the summer months at a cost of £45,000 to the new council, which is looking to save money in these times of austerity.

A statement from petition organisers says: “Newry, Mourne and Down Council are proposing to close the iconic Rock Pool in Newcastle Co Down in order to save £45,000,

“The 100-year-old pool is a much-loved and well-supported facility and is the last open-air sea water swimming pool in Ireland.

“It has provided generations of locals, sports people and visitors the opportunity to learn water safety, lifesaving and swimming in a unique cold sea water environment.

“It is a true cross-community facility and has attracted visitors to Newcastle town for 100 years.” More…

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