Saltdean Lido, Brighton

Saltdean Lido, Brighton


The nation’s historic pools combine amazing architecture with an insight into our collective social history.  To celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days (8-11 September) members of Historic Pools of Britain will be hosting a series of events to give people the opportunity to dip their toes into the past, present and future of these heritage gems.


Gill Wright, found of Historic Pools of Britain, says, “Heritage Open Days are a wonderful highlight on the calendar as we rejoice the architectural heritage that adds so positively to our history and culture.  As a nation we have such a variety and wealth of heritage buildings, and the same can be said for our historic pools; from the fabulously ornate pools of the Edwardian era to the simple elegance of 1930s art deco lidos.”


Brighton – Saltdean Lido 


Dates: Friday 9 September: 10:30 – 11:00, 11:30 – 12:00, 12:30 – 13:00, 13:30 – 14:00

Saturday 10 September 11:00 -11:30, 12:00 – 12:30, 13:00 – 13:30


Saltdean Lido was built in 1938 by R.W.H. Jones in the ‘International Style’. With its distinctive gull wings and famous rotunda, its design epitomizes some of the best elements of the British modernist movement. In 2015 Historic England named it as ‘One of the 7 wonders of the English Seaside’.  


Visitors will be granted exclusive behind the scenes access to many parts of the Grade II* listed site which have been closed to the general public for several years. The tour will include its cafe rotunda, former changing rooms and original plant room.


Visitors can learn about the plans the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company has for restoring the building for the benefit of the city, nation and future generations and how they can support this community inspired project. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.


Broomhill July 1967

Broomhill July 1967


Ipswich – Broomhill Pool


Dates: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September: 10.00 – 16.00
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Broomhill Pool is a Grade II listed Lido built in 1938, which at one time attracted up to 2,000 swimmers every day.  A campaign has been running since the pool closed in 2003 to reopen the site.


Heritage Open Days will be an opportunity to explore this Art Deco gem, as well as seeing the new architectural plans for pool’s restoration, which will be the unveiled to the public for the first time over the weekend.  Visitors will also be able to see the “Legends of Broomhill” board, which honours many inspiring figures connected with this area of Ipswich as well as celebrating the area’s association with Ipswich Town Football Club.




Bath – Cleveland Pool

Dates: Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September: 14:00 – 16:00

Cleveland Pool is the country’s only surviving Georgian lido, hidden away in Bath, on the banks of the River Avon. Once a welcome respite from the heat of the city in the summer, Cleveland Pools was a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike until it closed in 1984. The Cleveland Pools Trust is working to bring these wonderful baths back to life again.  Once restored, Bath will be home to the world’s first naturally treated, heated, outdoor swimming pool.

To celebrate Heritage Open days people are invited to explore this amazing pool for free and a variety of family activities will also be taking place to add to the fun!

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For further information contact Gill Wright at the Victoria Baths Trust on 0161 224 2020 or email
Mandatory credit: Jon Parker Lee photography
Tel – 07900 495 753

Manchester – Victoria Baths


Dates: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September: 11.00 – 16.00

To honour Heritage Open Days and to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Manchester’s ‘Water Palace, Victoria Baths is holding a weekend of varied activities: exhibitions, tours, performances and a talk.


The Gala pool will be filled for the occasion with demonstrations of water sports including water polo, paddle board yoga and kayaking. There will be exhibitions of original art work by Stroke Artists and water-themed photography by the South Manchester Camera Club with the invitation for visitors to vote for their favourite photograph.


Guided tours of the building are on offer on both Saturday and Sunday with a special tour exploring Victoria Baths iconic Stained Glass on Sunday. A talk on the Early Baths and Wash-houses of Manchester takes place on Saturday and there are performances by Ordsall Acapella Singers on Sunday.


The VB Tea Room and Gift Shop will be open throughout the weekend.



Historic Pools of Britain launched in September 2015 to offer a shared voice to the hundreds of indoor and outdoor pools in the UK, mostly pre-dating 1939; to celebrate these buildings, their contribution to the nation’s social and architectural history and to recognise the important role they continue to play in our communities today.


You can find out more about Historic Pools of Britain by emailing  For full details on Heritage Open Days visit



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LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.