7 of the best outdoor swimming spots and lidos in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 14:54 01 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:10 23 October 2020
On a sunny day there’s nothing quite like making a splash at the pool. From community-run lidos to luxury outdoor pools, we pick 7 places in Somerset to enjoy an al fresco dip
1. Greenbank Pool, Street
This heated, outdoor swimming pool can be found in the heart of Street, and is surrounded by beautiful green spaces and trees, as well as picnic benches, all setting the perfect summer vibe. No summer is complete without ice cream - and you can enjoy a 99 and many other light refreshments from the poolside café. There's also plenty to keep little ones entertained, including a children's pool and mini slide.
Need to know: The summer season runs from May 4-September 7. Full information on entrance fees, season tickets, safety and parking can be found here, and opening and closing times can be found here.
2. Shepton Mallet Lido, Shepton Mallet
Shepton Mallet Lido, run by experienced sports and leisure organisation Fusion Lifestyle, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a dip on a hot day. There's also a jam-packed timetable of activities to get involved in and keep the whole family entertained, including early morning lane swims, 'family fun' time (with inflatables) and a splash area, exercise classes and the popular moonlight swims.
3. Brean Splash, Burnham-on-Sea
For a fun-filled family day out, you can't go wrong with a visit to Brean Splash. Brean's Outdoor Splash opened its doors at the end of May and is open until the end of August; a great way to enjoy the summer sun. As well as the pool, there's a seaside water play area for under 12s, three waterslides and a grassy area for sun seekers to top up their tans.
Need to know: Information on the Outdoor Splash area, including age restrictions and contact details, are available here.
4. Thermae Bath Spa, Bath
Whether you're enjoying a break with friends or a romantic trip with the other half, Thermae Bath Spa is an ideal place to relax, rejuvenate and indulge in a number of spa treatments. Although not quite a lido or outdoor swimming spot, Thermae Bath Spa's rooftop pool couldn't be missed from the list. While you enjoy the pool's natural waters, views encompassing the city's warm, honey-coloured architecture and surrounding landscape can be admired - and they're simply spectacular.
Need to know: Thermae Bath spa is open from 9am-9.30pm daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). The Thermae Welcome, a two hour spa session with use of towel, robe and slippers, costs £36 during the week and £40 at the weekend. For more information, and a full list of spa packages and treatments, visit thermaebathspa.com.
5. Portishead Open Air Pool, Portishead
From its enviable seafront position, this community-run, green-energy heated outdoor pool boasts stunning views of the Bristol Channel, which can be enjoyed while splashing about in the pool or relaxing on the steps with a good book. The tuck shop offers plenty of reasonably priced snacks (including ice cream) and there's also a toddler pool for the little ones.
Need to know: Portishead Open Air Pool is open up until the end of October and you can information on facilities, admission, parking and more here.
6. Wivey Pool, Wiveliscombe
This delightful, community-owned heated pool, found just behind Wiveliscombe's tennis courts, is becoming more popular with locals and visitors every year. Ice cream is, of course, available and picnics are also welcome.
Need to know: The summer season runs from May 4-September 8. For information on facilities, admission, parking, events and more, visit wiveypool.net.
7. Bristol Lido, Clifton
Nestled in the charming streets of Clifton, this up-market, luxurious lido is perfect for a weekend retreat and is even home to...a tapas bar! As well enjoying a dip or relaxing poolside at Bristol Lido, you can take advantage of the sauna, hot tub or book of the many spa treatments on offer.
Need to know: Bristol Lido is open to members from 7am-10pm daily (except Christmas Day). For those without a membership, you can pre-book one of their packages (including three hours use of the pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub for £25) or come along for the public swimming sessions on Monday-Friday from 1-4pm. For more information and a full list of the packages available, visit lidobristol.com.
Whether you're a sun seeker, an avid walker wondering where to take a detour on The South West Coast Path or fancy a paddle in the sea, take a look at our pick of beaches to explore in Somerset. Some of the seaside spots are perfect for a dip when its sunny!