Enabling river access to the Cleveland Pools will bring the site back to life and allow us to introduce it on Bath’s touristic agenda. We have so many community events, workshops, fun family activities and volunteering opportunities to offer, but without proper access from the river, which is already travelled up and down by tour boats, visitors and the local community will not be able to enjoy our summer offer.
A restored pontoon will mean we can have a full season of events, increase the impact we make on Bath’s community, and prepare our wonderful lido for its 200th anniversary next year!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Lido is a hidden gem of Bath, tucked away on Avon’s river banks in the eastern part of the city. It was built in 1815 and represents one of the earliest examples of a ‘subscription pool’ – built with private money for community use. For decades the formerly-named ‘Cleveland Pleasure Pools’ were a favourite summer destination of generations of people.
Sadly the Pools closed in 1984 when public funds were re-directed to the sports centre, but now a passionate and dedicated group of activists (The Cleveland Pools Trust)is finally making headway with its campaign to restore the Grade II* baths and reclaim them for outdoor swimming.
Allowing river access to this beautiful piece of history is essential in the rehabilitation and regeneration of the Pools as a new community facility. Our wish is to see cheerful crowds of people flocking in from the Avon to come enjoy their heritage and interact with it in fun ways. Will you join our campaign and help us make our dream a reality?
Steps to get it done:
Unknown to most people the Cleveland Pools are a pair of open air swimming pools hidden on the banks of the Avon on the eastern side of the Bath. In 2015 they will be two hundred years old and, despite years of neglect, disuse and a brief period as a trout farm, they could still be turned back into a lovely open-air swimming pool.
The pools are the oldest surviving lido in the country, dating from Georgian times. The Cleveland Pools Trust has teamed up with The Trevor Osborne Property Group to form the Cleveland Pools Alliance, with the plan of rebuilding the pools.
About the space
A beautiful green site on teh bank of the river Avon
Bath & North East Somerset