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

‘Friends of Charlton Lido: Let’s get started!’

Charlton Lido's heated 50m pool at night
Charlton Lido’s heated 50m pool at night

Charlton Champion reader Rosemary Leeke has been in touch with plans to start a user group for Charlton Lido:

“Back in the autumn of 2013, a group of committed Lido swimmers held an initial meeting to discuss setting up a user group under the banner Friends of Charlton Lido; lots more expressed an interest but weren’t able to attend the meeting. 

“The consensus, both of those who attended the meeting and of those responding via the Charlton Champion website, was that a group would be beneficial.  However, at that time there weren’t enough people able to commit to getting it off the ground, and there was a hope that the full reopening of the Lido with the new gym and café would increase usage and address many of the concerns that were being expressed at the time.

“Three years on it is clear that many of the same issues still continue to surface on a regular basis, so perhaps the time is now right to return to the proposal of establishing a Friends group to try to find a constructive way of tackling these.  Informal conversations in the pool and the changing rooms suggest that lots of regulars would support the idea – so let’s try and make it happen!”

To find out more or to get involved, visit friendsofcharltonlido.co.uk or email charlton.friends.lido [at] gmail.com.

 

Charlton Lido winter opening hours: Pool to close midweek from 1 October

Charlton Lido in the September sunshine.

***UPDATE 3rd OCTOBER 2016***

Friday morning sessions have now been reinstated until the end of October. The pool will be open 7am-12 noon.

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***UPDATE 28th SEPTEMBER 2016***

A note has appeared on Charlton Lido’s website announcing changes to the new winter pool opening hours: the pool will now open on Tuesdays and close on Fridays.

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Presumably they’ll be emailing members with the update at some point….Many thanks to the commenters on this post for alerting us to the change. We’ve also been told that there will be a customer forum held on October 18th; email invites are due to be sent on the 3rd of October.

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Charlton lido swimmers’ hopes that a late summer heatwave would lead to extended winter opening hours have been dashed, with news that the pool will be completely closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until March.

The announcement on the centre’s website – yet to be communicated to members at the time of writing – says:

We hope you have enjoyed the summer and are planning to swim into the winter months. Unfortunately the colder months will be soon upon us. With this in mind we would like to introduce you to our winter programme which will operate from the 1st of October 2016 through until March 2017.

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

Tuesday – Thursday Closed

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

Weekends 9am-5pm

The programme has been carefully thought out taking into consideration last years trends in usage, customer feedback and facility feasibility. 

If you are an annual or monthly member here at Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club you will shortly recieve[sic] an email to confirm the programme changes. This email will also outline alternative options available to our members over the winter months.
 

Last winter saw a reduction in opening hours, though not to the extent of closing the pool for three days a week, and by November had been extended to daily opening:

Monday: 7am-12pm

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

Wednesday: 7am-12pm & 2pm-8pm

Thursday: 7am-12pm

Friday: 7am-12pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9am-3pm

It’s unclear why – after a presumably busier-than-usual summer, thanks to the good weather – it’s necessary to cut opening to this extent; GLL have held fewer customer forums this year than previously, and emails to members remain infrequent. Hopefully the email to members mentioned above will shed some more light.

In the meantime, enjoy midweek swimming while you can! Current pool hours are:

Monday: 6.30am-8pm

Tuesday-Friday: 7am-8pm

Saturday & Sunday: 7am-5pm

We recommend checking the timetable before visiting.

Thanks to Steve Toole on Twitter for alerting us to the new opening hours.