Summer 2018

Brightlingsea is lucky to have one of the few remaining working lidos left in England. Originally opened in 1932, the lido was a great attraction in an era when outdoor pursuits  became popular throughout the 1930’s.

It was in the 1970’s when the pool became a chlorinated rather than a saltwater pool. 

In 2017, the lido had become rundown and was in need of considerable financial investment if it was to ever meet modern day standards and so it was earmarked by Tendring District Council for closure.

A dedicated local community group formed, determined to protect one of the town’s most loved amenities and they not only took over the ownership of the pool but also made a magnificent job of cleaning and refurbishing the pool. The group’s efforts were well rewarded within the next year as summer 2018 was blisteringly hot and just went on and on.  Over the course of the summer the lido attracted record attendance.

Thanks to funding and the continued efforts of the community group, the refurbishment program continued with updating the plant room, pipework, filters and installing modern day cleaning systems.  With the help of funding from the Government Coastal Revival Fund and Essex County Council, major improvements were made to the old cafe.

Unbeknown to all, much of these wonderful improvements would be destroyed or damaged by a looming climatic event in February 2020 – Storm Ciara.