The times they are a-changin’: Charlton Lido’s winter timetable announced

Charlton lido outdoor pool
Charlton Lido in the late September sunshine
It’s officially autumn, despite the late burst of September sunshine, and autumn means three things for Charlton Lido swimmers: swimming in the dark on weeknight evenings (try it – I promise you it’s one of the very best things you can do in Charlton on a Monday night); the water temperature being noticeably higher than the air temperature making it easier to get in the pool and harder to get out; and – less positively – a reduction in pool opening hours.

Here’s how it’s looking for Autumn/Winter ’18:Charlton Lido timetable winter 2018

Charlton Lido Winter Pool Timetable October 2018 to March 2019:

Monday: 6.30am-2pm & 4pm-8pm
Tuesday: 6.30am-2pm & 4pm-8pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 6.30am-2pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-5pm

The popular Swim Doctor drop-in sessions will continue on Monday evenings and Friday mornings, with the current Wednesday morning session moving to Tuesday mornings.

We’re grateful to Friends of Charlton Lido for passing this information on.

The full Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club timetable can be found here.

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Nightswimming: late opening at Charlton Lido


The clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in, but there is one local benefit to the dark early evenings: swimming under the moon and stars at Charlton Lido.

Autumn opening hours have been amended following feedback at the lido’s user group meeting, and the pool is now open late on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Pool opening hours:

Monday: 7am-12pm

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

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

Thursday: 7am-12pm

Friday: 7am-12pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9am-3pm

This writer can’t recommend it highly enough: to swim outdoors in the dark in a heated pool is a luxury on our doorstep. It needs support, though: use it or lose it! We urge you to give it a try.

In other lido news, the cafe is currently closed until the New Year while it undergoes ‘a rebranding’ – fingers crossed it’s a little more insipiring than the previous version when it reopens. More on this when we have it.

Charlton Lido: Good news for winter swimmers

Moonlit swim at Charlton Lido

Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club has announced pool opening hours for November through to February, and it’s good news for swimmers as the heated outdoor pool will remain open five days a week through the winter months. This will be the first winter’s swimming since the refurbished pool opened in 2012.

The pool opening hours from 1st November are as follows:

Monday – 7.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 2.00pm – 8.00pm
Thursday – Closed
Friday – 7.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday – 9.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday – 9.00am – 2.00pm

As ever, we advise checking the official website for opening hours if you’re planning a swim.