Tuesday, 1 July 2014
There is nothing better on a hot summers day than immersing yourself in water. In the 1930s there was a fashion to build and enjoy open air swimming pools or lido's as they are commonly known in towns and cities around the country. We are lucky enough to have three heated pools here in Stroud, Cirencester and Cheltenham, the later being our favourite to while away a summers day.
Cheltenham Lido boasts a huge 50 metre pool, complete with slides and lanes for those who take their swimming a little more seriously. There is also a shallow children's pool and a paddling pool too. The rather magnificent white art deco buildings surround the pool housing changing rooms and a cafe, and are reminders of a decadent past.
Around the pool are large terraces, furnished with flower beds, and lawns with plenty of space to lay out your towel for a spot of sun worshipping and people watching. Groups of teenagers gather in school holidays on the lawns, mothers with small children meet around the children's pool and the serious swimmer paces up and down just like a clockwork bath toy!
We meet friends and splash in the warm turquoise water before emerging into the colder air to quickly change shivering and pulling clothes awkwardly on damp bodies. We reward ourselves with an ice cream or hot chocolate before it's time to go home.