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Brightlingsea Open Air Pool

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Lidos

Attraction Information

Brightlingsea Open Air Pool is a vintage offering in lido terms, originally built in 1933 and comprising a 15m paddling pool and a 50m main pool. The majority of sessions are simple open swim and lane swim varieties, with the occasional inflatable session worth watching out for! A great option for a summer's day full of fun with the kids.

It is a facility extremely popular with local residents and holidaymakers alike so time your visit with consideration if you prefer a quiet environment. The formal season runs from the end of May through to the beginning of September and Season Tickets are available to save you a bundle if you're going to be hitting it every week. Why wouldn't you?

Next to the popular boating lake is the eponymous open air swimming pool. Once a salt water pool, this is now a two level freshwater facility. Parents can supposedly safely leave young children in the shallow paddling pool, while the more experienced swimmer can enjoy the deeper waters of the main pool for exercise or leisure swimming.

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Opening hours

28th May - 16th September
Term Time
Monday to Thursday 13:00 - 18:00
Friday 13:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
School Holidays
Monday 13:00 - 18:00
Tuesday to Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday to Saturday 11:00 - 19:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00


General Admission
Adults from £4.00
Kids (2-17) from £3.00
Family from £12.00

Travel & Contact Information


Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, CO7 0HH, England

Phone number

01206 303067



Click here to visit Brightlingsea Open Air Pool's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Brightlingsea Open Air Pool is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Brightlingsea Open Air Pool have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Brightlingsea Open Air Pool has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Additional information

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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