For fun in the sun, there’s nothing like being able to cool off in an outdoor swimming pool.
While those of us who aren’t lucky enough – or wealthy – enough to boast our own private swimming pool at home and have to contend with a paddling pool in the garden, there are some fantastic facilities in Lancashire where you can swim outside. Some are even free.
Whether you fancy a few leisurely laps in an outdoor pool or are looking for a place to let the kids have fun and burn off some energy, Lancashire has a number of outdoor pools and water parks. Although many have closed over the years, there are still a handful left and there are even plans for new facilities in the pipeline.
READ MORE: The glorious past of Grange Lido and its life after its abandonment
Here we take a look at some of the outdoor water parks on offer in Lancashire.
Ingleton Pool, Carnforth
Described as “one of the best beaches in the north of England” (those behind the Grange Lido renovation might argue), this heated pool is reopening for the season (May to August) on Saturday May 28. The pool is run by the local community and opened in 1934. The pool offers adult and ‘little diver’ sessions with prices from £1 for toddlers (up to three), £3.50 for juniors and £5 for adults. Membership is required for certain sessions and reduced rates.
Waterpark area, Lytham
If there’s anything better than a water park, it’s a free water park. Fylde Council’s seafront facilities are located within the Grade II listed Promenade Gardens at St Anne’s, famous for its distinctive rockeries, flower arrangements and water features. The park is located in a former outdoor wading pool surrounded by an amphitheater for spectators and includes spray loops, water jets, bucket drops, water domes and a small paddling section.
Happy Mount Park, Morecambe
With tickets costing just £1 (for kids and adults), it’s no wonder Happy Mount Park’s Splash Park is so popular. The water jets are activated by motion sensors. The park also has an adventure golf course, Café Rastelli, a playground and land to explore.
And for the future…
In February, Sefton Council confirmed that work was due to start refurbishing Splashworld after a two-year hiatus. Work was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but was suspended due to the pandemic. The revamped park will feature river rides, a speedy river ride, a toddler area, a poolside restaurant and a tropical environment.
After its closure in 1983, this once popular seaside lido fell into disrepair until 2011 when the Save Grange Lido campaign was launched with the aim of transforming the leisure facility and restoring the 50m swimming pool to his heart. The group are in the process of trying to secure an additional £3.5m to make the project a success and revealed they have been in close talks with Eden Project executives to open the outdoor pool at the same time time as the Eden Project North project in 2024. .
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