Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool named in 30 Best Lidos in Britain

Opening of Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool in May this year. George Warrington, 11, left, and Daniel Lawrance, 11.'Photo: MSMP250513-009ow
Opening of Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool in May this year. George Warrington, 11, left, and Daniel Lawrance, 11.'Photo: MSMP250513-009ow
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Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool has been named in the 30 Best Lidos in Britain in a feature run in The Times newspaper on Saturday.

The pool on the Abbey Lawn was named at number 12 in the chart compiled by the national newspaper in its weekend pull out.

The article briefly listed the heated 50 yard pool’s history, stating it was originally the site of monk’s fishpond which was converted into a swimming pool at the end of the First World War.

The article said the pool is run by “generous volunteers” and that: “Generations of children have picnicked on the Abbey Lawn after splashing each other in the toddler pool and playing in the fountain.”

The pool has been run by volunteers from the Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust since 1990 and is now in its 24th season.

Essential work to fix the bottom of the Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool was carried out at a cost of £35,000 earlier in the year.

The work was completed thanks to two £15,000 donations from the Len Pick Trust and BRM Day committee.

The BRM Day committee donated a further £10,000 of the funds raised at the BRM celebration day in October and by sales of its DVD to the pool trust.

The Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust relies on donations to fund the pool on top of admission charges. In 2012 the direct operating costs of running the facility totalled £33,149.

Hathersage Lido in Derbyshire was named as the top outdoor pool in the country.

For more about the pool including opening hours and admission prices visit www.bourneoutdoorswimmingpool.org