Week-round swimming returns to Charlton Lido for the summer

Charlton Lido – not always this quiet in the summer…

Good news for swimmers: Charlton Lido’s summer timetable starts soon:

  • 7 day-a-week pool opening starts again on Tuesday 29th May:
    • Mondays 6.30am – 8pm
    • Tuesday-Friday 7am – 8pm
    • Saturday-Sunday 9am – 5pm.

In other lido news, the cafe will re-open Wednesday 23rd May, opening hours to be announced.

The start of summer opening hours should also mean it’ll be possible to fit in a swim before the Greenwich Book Festival event being held in the lido’s upstairs cafe on June 14th.

As ever, we recommend checking the website for the latest pool opening information.

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Books making a splash: Greenwich Book Festival comes to Charlton Lido

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Greenwich Book Festival is bringing four authors who’ve written about swimming to Charlton Lido for a literary event on June 14th:

Come and meet four authors of swimming books discuss how open-water, pools and their fellow swimmers have inspired them – and often kept their head above the water.

Alexandra Heminsley is the bestselling author of Running Like a Girl and, more recently Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim.

Jenny Landreth is the author of Swell: A Waterbiography. Part memoir, part social history, Swell is a joyful hymn to swimming and a celebration of the remarkable swimming suffragettes.

Joe Minihane is the writer of Floating: A Life Regained, about his personal project to reswim Roger Deakins’ classic Waterlog.

Libby Page is the first-time novelist of The Lido, which imagines Brockwell Lido being threatened by developers and a campaign spearheaded by 86-year-old Rosemary to save it.

Compere: Patricia Nicol, GBF director, journalist and Charlton Lido devotee.

This session will be followed by a book signing.

The event will take place in Charlton Lido’s upstairs cafe from 7pm, and tickets are available here. The Charlton Champion hopes the pool will be open for a dip beforehand!

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Charlton Lido’s Christmas pool hours announced

Steam rises off the heated pool at Charlton Lido on a snowy December morning

Thanks to Friends of Charlton Lido for flagging up Charlton Lido’s Christmas opening hours on their Twitter feed.

The pool hours are similar to current opening times, though closing earlier on Sundays. The pool (and gym) will be open 9-11am on Boxing Day. You can find the latest opening hours on the timetable page of the lido’s website.

For those thinking of trying the lido in the cold weather for the first time, this writer can’t recommend it highly enough. The water’s at a good temperature for swimming (around 24 degrees), and the poolside staff have been doing a great job of maintaining a friendly welcome on chilly days.

Charlton Lido: Winter swimming timetable announced

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Thanks to the Friends of Charlton Lido for sending us this update:

Following the recent Customer Forum meeting, and feedback from members over the summer, the Lido has now published the winter pool programme which will commence on Monday 9 October.  The good news is that it follows the broadly the same pattern as last year but with the addition of three lunchtime sessions per week, two of which replace the 2-4pm slots on Monday and Tuesday which were the quietest times of the week.  It’s hoped the new pattern will enable more people to swim regularly throughout the winter season.  The early morning opening on Monday will also continue through the winter, in response to popular demand.

Winter Timetable

Monday           6.30am-2pm & 4pm-8pm

Tuesday           7am-2pm & 4pm-8pm

Wednesday & Thursday closed

Friday              7am-2pm

Weekends       9am-5pm

Swim Doctor Programme

The Swim Doctor programme will continue with three sessions per week through the winter, with the present Wednesday and Thursday morning sessions moving to Fridays from the week of October 9th.  Sessions are free for members and £3 for non-members.  Booking is advised.

Monday 7-8pm              Swim Doctor Technique

Friday 7-8.30am            Swim Doctor Fitness (30 minutes land-based + 1 hour in the pool)

Friday 9.30-10.30am    Swim Doctor Technique

Charlton Lido: April opening hours and ‘Friends’ news

 

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Spring is in the air, and there’s news from Charlton Lido about their April opening hours:

Thank you for your continued support to Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club over the winter period, while some of our facilities were closed. The warmer weather is fast approaching, and following a careful review of the pool usage last spring (and taking into consideration feedback from our previous 2 customer forums), we are pleased to announce the pool opening times to commence from Monday 3rd April.

Monday 6.30am-12noon & 2pm-8pm

Tuesday 7am-12noon & 2pm-8pm

WednesdayFriday 7am-12noon

Weekends 9am-5pm

These times will be further reviewed in May in preparation for our full summer programme from June 2017.

And also news from Friends of Charlton Lido, who now have a Facebook page which you can ‘like’ here, as well as their website and Twitter feed.

Demelza Snowflake Swim at Charlton Lido: take a winter dip for charity

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Demelza’s Snowflake Swim returns to Charlton Lido on Sunday 29th of January. Last year’s event saw 80 swimmers join in, and raised over £20,000 for Demelza (this writer was one of those swimmers, and enjoyed the event very much!).

More from the organisers:

Brave the outside waters of Charlton Lido in the depths of winter and swim your choice of distance from 100m – 2km.

2016 saw 80 brave swimmers plunge into the water and raise over £20,000 for Demelza – we want 2017 to be even bigger and better!

There is no minimum sponsorship amount for this event BUT we encourage you to try and raise £50 – this could pay for a morning session in our own hydrotherapy pool for our children and their families!

All swimmers receive a hot drink after the swim along with an exclusive Demelza swimming cap and medal to celebrate your achievement.

Spectators are welcome to come along free of charge to cheer you on – the more the merrier!  Refreshments will be available from the café.

Prize for the top fundraiser will be awarded after the event, spot prizes will be awarded on the day for Best Fancy Dress.

** First 50 swimmers receive EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (Adult £10, Child £5)**
Standard prices apply until midnight on Thursday 26 January (Adult £12.50, Child £7.50)

On Day Registration – Adult £15, Child £10

Children are welcome to participate but must be able to swim a minimum of 100m.  Young or weak swimmers may be tested prior to the event by our lifeguards.

Find out more and sign up at the Demelza Snowflake Swim website.

 

PS. Charlton Lido’s pool is currently open for general swimming on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (the latter mornings only). Check the pool timetable here.