Lidos live again: UK braces for outdoor swimming pool revival

Renaissance for open-air swimming as communities restore derelict sites and campaign for new pools

This year is set to be the “year of the lido”, with three new or revamped outdoor baths due to open in England in 2023 and more communities across the UK agitating for the opportunity to swim in the open.

What campaigners are dubbing the “lido revolution” has been given extra impetus following the National Lottery Heritage Fund awarding £99,800 to a project aimed at helping people bring their local pools back to life.

Though indoor pools across the country are struggling for survival amid soaring heating bills and savage local government cuts, swimming outdoors continues to increase in popularity, accelerated by Covid lockdowns.

  • Original Article: The Guardian
  • Date: January 2023