Why is Plymouth’s Tinside Lido not more popular?


It is quite possibly the most perfect Art Deco Lido in the country. It is an architectural jewel in a city that was largely destroyed during the war. It affords the swimmer amazing views of the sea and five years ago it had a multi million pound overhaul, yet it appears that Plymouth’s Tinside Lido still isn’t pulling in the punters.

According to a report in http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Tinside-Pool-rack-ruin/article-2507170-d… the pool has only had 10,000 visitors this year, 20,000 short of break even point.

So why is it that Tinside is not rammed each day throughout the summer? Well locals on the website have some interesting views.

It is clear that the poor weather this summer has kept causal bathers away, but others blame limited opening hours (it shuts in the evening), high admission costs and an early season closing – it shuts on September 5th.

It seems even more bizarre when London lidos are reporting excellent figures this year.

It sounds to me that the local council need to be a little bit more imaginative in their marketing. People still have a fear of what they perceive to be cold water, the council needs to counter that mis-conception while pushing the numerous health benefits of swimming outdoors.

I’d be interested to hear from any locals why they don’t use the pool.

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2 thoughts on “Why is Plymouth’s Tinside Lido not more popular?

  1. Today we learn from the Plymouth Herald that this summer entrance will be free. We know that since it reopened it has been very heavily subsidised and has been significantly underused. I hope that if we have a warm dry summer, this year will be entirely different. I believe that it has not caught on since reopening because there is no popular buzz and that it has not been a fun or welcoming place. I frequently came here as a child in the 50s when the place was almost always uncomfortably full. There was a medium height diving board in constant use. There were a couple of medium height fountains you could sit on. There were at least two busy snack counters selling a constant stream of hot and cold drinks with pasties sandwiches ice creams buns and lots more. Families brought picnics. All ages were together as well as young bloods and flirty girls. Plenty of off duty sailors and other servicemen. The life guards were friendly and attentive. Scores of people would be looking down from the pavement and public areas above and many youngsters would even swim around by sea and scramble up the rocks to get in free. It was a good feel, fun place to go.I have been back about twice a year since it reopened. The diving board has gone and the play fountains reduced in size. The catering facilities are paltry and personal picnics are discouraged. There is a paranoia that some small piece of broken glass will go into the water and require an expensive draining and cleaning. The staff at the entrance and changing area are not welcoming. The life guards are plentiful but often officious. The place has a horrible institutional feel. There is no sense of fun and the Lido is certainly not fashionable or socially attractive and popular like the ones in London and elsewhere. Pity.

  2. well done Plymouth!just returned from first swim in the lido. one 14yr old boy one 12 yr old girlboth thought it was fantastic. clean, ans well organized.we will be returning both individuelly and as a family many times this summer.

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