Droitwich Spa Lido, Droitwich

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The Droitwich Spa Lido is a lido in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, England. It is one of the few remaining inland, open-air salt-water swimming pools in the UK.Brief historyThe Lido was originally built in the 1930s and the building features an art-deco style interior. The pool itself was filled with diluted brine, pumped from brine streams beneath the town. The salt in the water was strong enough to keep the water in the pool aseptic, without the need for additional chemicals such as chlorine.When the lido opened, it was marketed as the 'seaside come to Droitwich Spa', and the pool was heated to exactly the same temperature as the Mediterranean Sea.During the Second World War, the lido was closed, and its offices used by the military.ResurrectionThe lido continued to be a popular tourist attraction. Even after its closure at the end of the 1990s, people still travelled for miles just to see the once-popular pool.In late 2004, Wychavon District Council voted against the re-opening of the lido, which sparked a local campaign group to form, with the sole aim of seeing the lido restored. Called "Save a Lido Today" (SALT), the group put pressure on the various councils and even went so far as to provide a business plan.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Can't believe it was soo quiet as it was a nice afternoon. Last time we came it was manic .. so make the most of it your getting wet anyway so go if it's a grey day don't wait for the sun..  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Have known this lido for 60yrs! There are not many Lido's left so don't miss this unique chance to visit one. Safe child's area. After the swim there is a cafe on site to. It is all situated in a big ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Just revisited the Lido after some time away. It is just fantastic! It is situated in a great park, the pool is so big and there is a lovely area for toddlers to enjoy the water. The Lido is looking r...  more »
  • Great Park, loads of open space and a fantastic lido too. Free to use tennis courts and a great safe and enclosed play area for young children
  • Water can be a bit chilly (but what else can you expect if you are outside!). Lovely, original architecture. (Great chips from cafe)
  • Great family day out. Clean and well looked after. Plenty of lifeguards
  • Good open green space with nature meadow, outdoor swimming pool and splash pad including a cafe. Good.sized park
  • Great pool. Can't believe you can still smoke here though!

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