Popular outdoor pool to open for summer

Pells Pool, Lewes, opening 2016. Photograph: Rob Read.
Pells Pool, Lewes, opening 2016. Photograph: Rob Read.

A popular public venue is re-opening for its 2017 season today.

Pells Pool, in Lewes, will welcome swimmers to dive in for their first dip of of the year from midday.

The Brook Street venue – the oldest outdoor lido in the UK – will be open from midday to 7pm daily until May 28.

From May 29 its early morning sessions for adults between 7am to 9am will start and it will be open daily from 10am.

Its 2017 season is scheduled to finish on September 10, although last year its season was extended by five days due to continued warm weather.

The pool will officially be re-opened and unveil its newly refurbished paddling pool next Saturday (May 20) with free admission from midday to 3pm, free refreshments and children’s swimming races to win a season ticket.

Phil Ransley, pool manager, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone down to the Pells for our 2017 season.

“The refurbished paddling pool looks wonderful – and with more space opened up around it for toddlers and families we’re hoping it will be a popular part of our new season.”

New for 2017, the venue is offering free entry on weekdays for under-5s until July 21 if families arrive before midday, as it is not running its Pells Paddlers sessions.

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