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Make a splash at Ashby’s open-air pool while school’s out

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Ashby’s open air pool has welcomed hundreds of people in the first two weeks of summer holidays as it opens every day to families and lane swimmers.

The popular venue at Hood Park Leisure Centre is one of the UK’s last remaining outdoor swimming pools and has already been very busy this year in the warm weather.

Now that the summer holiday is here, North West Leicestershire District Council will open the outdoor pool daily.

Responding to customer demand, early morning lane swimming has been introduced this year, along with the usual float and inflatable sessions.

If the sun is shining swimmers are encouraged to bring sun cream as the patio area around the pool is a great sun trap.

On the finest summer days the poolside barbecue is also lit to feed hungry pool users.Outdoor pool pic2

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “It has been a beautiful summer so far and it makes sense to make this brilliant and rare facility available to families as often as possible.

“We’re very lucky to have the open-air pool on our doorstep and if you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to give it a try and enjoy a swim.

“While children in particular love our pool don’t forget it’s for adults too and there is lane swimming every morning between 9am and 11am Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 8am to 10am Tuesday and Friday .”

The pool is also available for private party hire on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

On the most miserable and rainy days the pool is likely to remain shut – if in doubt please call ahead on 01530 412181.

To have a look at this year’s swimming pool programme or for more information on party prices, please log on to

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