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“Great outdoor facility”

Brightlingsea Open Air Swimming Pool
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Outdoor pool,lovely in this very hot weather,kids really enjoyed it.Can not remember going to an outdoor pool in this country for years.Ithink years ago we went to one at Great Yarmouth.Great that the Council has kept this one going.

6  Thank bigbarryEssex
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

A bright, sunny and warm day in July makes any review a bit biased, but for a review of an outdoor pool the weather is going to be a huge factor. We went on a bright sunny warm day in July where temps were around 27C (80F) so on a winner right from the start.

Good points:
* Cheap (9:70 for family ticket)
* 2 pools, 1 of which is great for children
* Lifeguards on duty
* Sunbeds available if you get there early
* Changing and shower facilities
* onsite cafe that serves food
*Free parking on roads within few minutes walk

Not so good
* Decor and 'ambiance' are quite basic
* Restricted numbers - late comers on sunny days will be queuing
* Onsite food is limited (although cheap)
* Grass areas are actually astro turf and there isn't that much of them anyway.

For few hours on a sunny day this is good value and we'll be going back again.

3  Thank Mark B
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

One of the few remaining public open air swimming pools left in the country! Tendring District Council and Brightlingsea Town Council have worked hard in upgrading this wonderful facility for families. Worth a visit if sea swimming is not your thing!

6  Thank John_C_1956
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

So nice to find an open pool. Its really lovely and for me quite special. its right on the side of the estuary so you can swim and look out to sea. Obviously its not the med but on a hot day its good enough - finished off by fish and chips down the road - what could be better!!!

6  Thank Ruth S
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Brightlingsea open air swimming pool was built in 1933 and consists of a 50m. main swimming pool and a separate 15m. children's pool. Although the pool is right on the promenade, by the sea, it is a fresh water pool. The pools are large enough to have room for those who just want to swim but there is also enough space for those who prefer to have fun with inflatable toys or balls. Around the edge there is room to sunbathe or have a picnic or maybe a snack from the snack bar. On a warm summer's day it can be a very pleasant and economical way to spend time outdoors. It is open from late May to early September.
Like all pools that are open to the elements the water will never be as clean as one would get in an indoor pool; however, Brightlingsea fared pretty well in the pool cleanliness stakes on the day I visited. It is certainly cleaner and more hygienic than the other outdoor alternative of swimming in the sea. It is also probably safer as there are lifeguards on duty.
As the pool is nearly 80 years old one won't find all the modern conveniences of a new indoor pool. For example, the changing rooms are very basic indeed, just one shower in each - it was however clean and the water was a good temperature and at a suitable pressure. There are a few lockers -you need a 20p returnable deposit to lock these, although there weren't many lockers I actually had a choice of which one to use. There are no hairdryers. As I said -all very basic, however it was adequate.
Car parking is available almost next door on the promenade - a charge is made for this but I believe the car park was free after three oclock.
On a hot day I would consider returning to this pool again.

9  Thank flutefairy
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