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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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  • It was hot, cold, humid - spring in England and our first trip here. We had grumpy teen and two four year olds and we all loved it. We arrived at 12 and although busy, it wasn't ever heaving. People g...  more »
  • We had a lovely day at the lido yesterday, the first day of opening this year. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The water was 24c when we got there, I thought that would feel quite warm ! A...  more »
  • Apparently there are not very many Lidos existing in the UK ! Droitwich Lido , is delightful , it has all the elegance and charm of the Lido ,I remember in Tooting London as a child , but way better ,...  more »
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  • 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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