Ware Town Council

Serving the Local Community

Priory Lido OPEN

Priory Lido

Our Lido Manager Dan & our grounds team Matt, John & Andrew have been working to put all the necessary precautions in place for a safe swim. Details are:  (the information in red refers to the changing room to be used after a particular session.)

Session Times:  Please note this is all laned swimming – Baby pool is temporarily not in use following restrictions.

Monday – Friday;

6-7.30am –  Adults Only-Male & Female
7.30-9am –  Adults OnlyFamily
9-10.30am  –  Adults and Kids-Male & Female
10.30-12 noon –  Adults and Kids-Family
12-1.30pm – Adults Only-Male & Female
1.30-3pm – Adults and Kids-Family
3-4.30pm-   Adults and Kids-Male & Female
4.30-6pm –  Adults Only-Family

Saturday & Sunday;
7.30-9am – Adults Only-Family
9-10.30am – Adults and Kids-Male & Female
10.30-12 noon –  Adults and KidsFamily
12-1.30pm – Adults Only-Male & Female
1.30-3pm – Adults and Kids-Family
3-4.30pm –  Adults and Kids-Male & Female
4.30-6pm – Adults Only-Family

Adult – £6 per session
(16 years +)
Child – £4 per session
(Child has to be Stage 7 ability or above)
Stage 7 ability:
Competent on all four strokes and can swim at least 4 lengths without stopping

General information:

11/2 hour sessions:
1 hour of swimming, 30 minutes of changing and leaving the building time. You must book onto a session through Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ware-priory-lido-tickets-113860973236 (opens in a new window)(opens new window)

You MUST arrive ready to swim (beach ready) Changing rooms will be split between each session and cleaned when not in use.
You can change in the designated rooms or on poolside using our outdoor showers.

Please bring your own – NO food can be bought onsite – please bring your own water bottle, full and ready, water WILL NOT be provided.

There will be no private parties at the Lido in 2020.

Swimming clubs can book for sessions from 6pm-8pm.

Season tickets and Swim Saver cards will no longer be valid or available to buy, contact the general manager for any enquiries.

Please follow Government and if you do feel unwell, please stay home.
Please also adhere to social distancing If you have and questions or queries contact the general manager dan@waretowncouncil.gov.uk Tel: 01920 481563


Address: Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DE
Telephone: 01920 481563 (during the season)
Twitter: @ware_lido (opens in a new window)(opens new window)

Email: mailto:warelido@gmail.com

The term ‘Lido’ is from the name of a place in Venice where bathing took place. They usually have areas for sunbathing, watching, eating and are designed for activities around water.

The Lido was built in 1934 and substantially altered before the 2016 season began with new changing rooms, reception area, toilets, events room, grass and new paving round the pool. Situated in the grounds of Ware Priory, the Lido comprises a 30m (approximately) Main Pool and a Teaching Pool. Fully qualified RLSS Pool Lifeguards and a First Aider are on duty at all times.



If you want to hire the Ware Lido we need to know certain things …

  • how many people will be attending
  • what sort of occasion this hire is intended for

If you want to hire the Ware Lido you should know

  • The Ware Lido is an Open Air Pool
    • but the water is heated – average temperature is 28 deg centigrade (82 deg F)
    • it can be gloriously sunny and warm
    • it can be overcast or wet (the water will still be warm)
    • if we have thunder or lightning we must vacate the pool for 30 minutes from the last thunder
  • under no circumstances can we allow glass on the premises
  • loud sound systems are not permitted – we have close neighbours
  • neither alcohol nor drugs are compatible with swimming pools
  • pool parties need to finish by 10pm – that’s with all guests having left the site by 10:15pm
  • We have floodlights for when the natural light fades

Download a Lido Booking Form

Lido Booking Form – Private Hire 2020

Lido Booking Form – Concession 2020

To hire the Lido contact the Finance Manager by email at mailto:sean@waretowncouncil.gov.uk

Ware Lido Receives Investment from GSK

Ware Town Council, as Trustee of the Priory Charity, was delighted that Ware Lido was the beneficiary of GSK’s investment as part of the company’s 300th birthday celebrations. Ware Lido is one of the few remaining lidos in Hertfordshire and is valued very highly by the local community.

Working with Friends of Ware Lido, the Town Council were trying to raise funds for some modest improvements to the facilities. However, this very welcome investment from GSK enabled us to carry out far more extensive improvements to the building, the changing rooms and the pool surround to improve the experience for swimmers.

Cllr Phyllis Ballam said “I would like to thank GSK for this very generous contribution to Ware Lido. With its long history in Ware, GSK is valued by the town as its largest employer and for being an integral part of the local community. On behalf of the Town Council, I am delighted that GSK is celebrating its 300th year by investing in the Lido for the benefit of residents of the town. I am proud of Ware Town Council for resisting the trend to do away with lidos.”

Friends of Ware Lido’s Liz Long said “Friends of Ware Lido are extremely grateful for the GSK contribution. These improved facilities should encourage even more people to discover or rediscover the joys and health benefits of outdoor swimming in our beautiful heated pool.”