Ware Town Council

Serving the Local Community

Priory Lido – PLEASE NOTE THE LIDO IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL MAY 2020. Please check here for updates on dates and times.

Address: Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DE
Telephone: 01920 460703 (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.

This description embraces everything that is available to the swimmer/ spectator at Ware Priory Lido. The Lido is a heated open air pool which will be open this year from Saturday 25th May until Sunday 8th September 2019.

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.

A refreshment kiosk with access from both the Lido and neighbouring Priory Park offers a wide selection of hot/cold food, drinks, confectionery and ice cream.

Opening Times and Pricing

Opening Hours

Early Season: 25th May to 6th July 2019

Adult lunchtime swim: 12.30 – 13.30

Open for all Weekdays: 13.45 -17.45

Open for all Weekends and Bank holidays

Session One: 13.45 – 15.30

Session Two: 16.00 – 17.45

Quiet swimming sessions

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday evening: 18.00 – 20.00

6th July, Ware Carnival Day

There will be special opening arrangements and

Events – please check.

Main Season: 7th July to 8th September 2019

Open for all 10.00 – 12.15

Adult lunchtime swim 12.30 – 13.30

Open for all Weekdays, Weekends & Bank Holidays

Session One 13.45 – 15.30

Session Two 16.00 – 17.45

Quiet swimming sessions

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday evening: 18.00 – 20.00

The pool and surroundings are cleared at the

closing times stated above, last tickets are sold

30 minutes before this. A further 15 minutes are

allowed to vacate the changing areas.

Early Morning Swimming, Aquafit and Other

Activities all Season

There will be weekday early morning sessions,

06.00-08.00 all season, and some daytime aquafit

and special holiday fun sessions during the

season. Please check details during the season

on the Ware Town Council website, on twitter

@ware_lido or at the Lido.

Quiet Evening Sessions

Quiet evening sessions are intended primarily for

adults wishing to swim lengths, but admission for

juniors wishing to swim lengths will be allowed

at Lido Manager’s discretion. No jumping or ball

games will be allowed.

Admission Charges

Adult: £5.50 (Early Morning and Evening Swims £5.50 also)

Junior / Concession: £2.75

Lunchtime Swim: £4.50


2 Adults & 3 Children: £16.00

2 Adults & 2 Children: £14.00

1 Adult & 2 Children: £9.75

1 Adult & 1 Child: £7.50

SWIM SAVER: (10 Swims for the Price of 8)

Adult (Over 16): £44.00

Junior & Concession: £22.00


Adult: £125.00

Junior: £55.00

Concession: £75.00

The Ware Lido is a great for special occasions

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 2019

Lido Booking Form – Concession Hire 2019

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

Become a lifeguard at the Lido

Download an application form here:

Ware Town Council Employee starter form

Then fill it out and send it to sean@waretowncouncil.gov.uk

Interview dates will be revealed closer to the start of the season.

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.

Mayor 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.”