Bucket list – ‘Swim at an outdoor Swimming Pool Lido’ = completed
OK I might be slightly biased as I live just a few minutes away from the Lido at Jubilee park but it is honestly as great as I’m going to tell you it is. It’s everything that is summer to me. Jamie goes to school literally round the corner and we go there after school when the weather is good enough to go. You also get a cheaper rate after 3pm.
We are fair weather swimmers so we only really visit on a hot sticky day or if the sun is out. But we have been on a cloudy day and although we froze getting out of the pool it was equally as much fun as it’s such a life experience.
All about the outdoor swimming pool at Jubilee Park – Woodhall Spa
There is plenty of parking here. Whether it be on the field behind the pool or round next to the playground you are not short of free parking. The outdoor heated pool is open in 2017 from 14th April until the 1st October. You can find out opening times, swim sessions and other further info via this link – Jubilee Park further information.
There is a large pool which is heated to 29oC. It often is so warm that it feels like we are getting into a bath. There is a shallow end and a deep end plus a small dolphin slide for the little ones.
They also have a large toddler/baby pool with a fun tap that pours water into the pool. This pool is shallow but does have a slightly deeper end from one side to the other. It can sometimes feel colder than the big pool and sometimes warmer.
There is a small play house next to this for the little ones. Jamie loves going in and constantly opening and closing the windows…as you do when you’re 3!
They have plenty of grassed areas for lying out on and plenty of benches for family and friends to sit on around the pool. It’s advisable to bring a blanket or towels to lie on. You can rent a sun lounger for the day at £1.50 each. As there are no umbrellas or trees for shade it may be an idea to bring a pop up sun tent for the little ones.
They also have plenty of changing cubicles and can look after your valuables if you so desire. We usually just dump our things by the side of the pool.
There is a café onsite which sells hot and cold food. The ice-cream is fabulous, especially the raspberry ripple. It’s all priced really fairly. A small cone with a scoop of ice cream for example is just £1. A can of fizzy pop is also £1.
How much to swim
Early morning and after 3pm are charged at a slightly cheaper swim session price. This is £5 for an adult, £4 for a senior, £4 for a child over 2 years old. Children under 2 go free. All day swim tickets are just £1 each extra on the prices just given.
Spectators are charged at £2.50 for a session price (see above) and £3 all day.
They also have the option to purchase a family ticket, books of 10 and 20 swims at a discounted price plus season tickets.
If your child is aged 8-16 and can swim 50m they can go to their inflatable sessions for £5.00 each. Aquacise is £5 each. 1-2-1 swimming lessons and group lessons are also available at an extra cost.
You may also want to check out their website for the next midnight swim and the possibility of hiring the pool for a party of up to 80 people. 15% of the day tickets can also be pre booked online.
My Top Tips
If you want to take any photos while you are at the pool fill in their form at reception that allows you to take photos of your children. They simply ask that you don’t post photos with other children in on social media etc.
Take some cash for the café as it’s cash only. They do have a card machine to pay to enter though and cash back is available.
Take a towel(s) in with you and put it close by as when you get out it can sometimes feel rather cold.
Check their opening times before you leave.
If you want to visit on a hot summers day get their REALLY early as you will have to queue and it’s better to be at the front. We always go late afternoon in the summer as it is quieter and cheaper after 3pm.
Try and find some time in your day to take the kids to the playground that’s next door. They’ve recently had some new equipment installed and it’s a great play area for all ages.
If you are looking to stay locally Jubilee park has it’s own caravan park right next to the park and swimming pool. The caravanning and camping club have a site next door called the Petwood caravan site. There are a few nice hotels also to be found in Woodhall spa. Woodhall country park is also nearby and as well as offering touring pitches they also have luxury lodges to rent.
Why not pin this bucket list idea for later?