Dive Into Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool! (2023)

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool

The history behind the Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool is like something from a Netflix Original series or, at least, Hollywood!

In a world that sometimes seems stacked against us, it’s the power of community that can make all the difference. The story of Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool is one such example.

The story begins in 1869 when the pool originally was opened by a local businessman and it quickly became a focal point for the local community. The running of the pool was taken over by the local council in 1908.

For over 150 years, this beloved landmark has been a haven for locals and visitors, offering a refreshing escape during hot summer months.

Yet, when the council proposed shutting down the pool to make way for an indoor facility, this caused an uproar in the community who, rather than gave in, collectively put their foot down.

Soon, the council ceded defeat and rented out the swimming pool at a nominal fee.

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool

Since then, a group of dedicated volunteers have managed the day-to-day operations during the summer, while fundraising during winter, all to keep this beloved landmark alive.

Thanks to their tireless efforts and the support of donors and sponsors, the pool remains the cherished cornerstone of the community.

As a charitable organisation, the ‘Open Air Swimming Association’ relies on donations to maintain the pool, and pay for lifeguards and specialists to keep the pool running.

Improvements were made in 2016-2018 with better wheelchair access, new changing rooms with disabled facilities, new toilets and showers, and more.

Today, the pool is still a community focal point with adult and preschool child swims to aqua aerobics and lane swims, dawn swimming and the pool continues to attract and welcome guests from far and wide, even to this day.

The story of Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool is a testament to the power of community, hard work, and perseverance. When we join together, good things can happen, even against the odds.

See the frequently asked questions section below for answers about opening times, pricing, dogs, and more.

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Swimwear In Cirencester

Hey, it happens, you book a swim and then need something to swim in.

Try D&J Sports, 75 Cricklade Street. They focus on sports products for sports people and have all sports gear.
Tel: +44 01285 652227, www.djsports.co.uk.

Sometimes, the larger supermarkets have swimwear and swim gear like goggles, towels, swimwear, armbands and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the opening date for the 2023 season?

A: According to the Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool website, the 2023 season will begin on Thursday, May 11th, 2023, at 7am. Additionally, there is a special Season Ticket Holders’ Day on Wednesday, May 10th, 2023. Visitors can book their swims starting on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023, at 10pm.

Q: What are the operating hours?

A: The operating hours of Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool vary depending on the day and season.

  • During the summer months, the pool is typically open from 7am to 7pm on weekdays and from 8am to 6pm on weekends.
  • During the winter months, the pool is typically open from 8am to 4pm on weekdays and from 10am to 4pm on weekends.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The fees for swimming at Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool varies depending on the type of swim and the age of the swimmer. The rates are as follows:

  • £5.50 for an adult swim
  • £3.50 for a child swim
  • £10-£15 for family tickets, depending on the swim type and the number of family members.
  • For season ticket purchases, fees range from £70 to £150 based on the swimmer’s age and the type of swim

Q: Is there parking?

A: The pool is in a pedestrianised location and the nearest car park is Abbey Grounds. There are racks for cycle parking.

Q: Are spectators allowed in?

A: Yes. There is a charge of £4.00

Q: Can I buy food and drink inside?

A: Yes. There’s a kiosk selling food and drinks. No alcohol is not sold and it’s not allowed on the premises.

Q: Can I bring my dog? He’s a good dog.

A: They’re all good dogs. However, only assistance dogs are allowed in and it’s best to contact the pool prior to arrival to avoid any misunderstandings that may arise.

Q: How do I book a swim?

Online at www.cirenopenair.org.uk/book-a-swim

Q: How can I make a donation?

A: There is a JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/cirencesteropenairswimmingpool

With its stunning natural surroundings and the promise of a tranquil morning swim, it’s sure to be a memory you’ll cherish for years to come.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

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