*Dates / Session times may alter slightly. Please check here for updates.
Address: Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DE
Telephone: 01920 460703 (during the season)
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 26th May until Sunday 9th September.
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.
Early Season: 26th May to 30th June
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 and Thursday evening: 18.00 – 20.00
Wednesday evening: 18.00 – 19.30
7th July, Ware Carnival Day
There will be special opening arrangements and
Events – please check.
Main Season: 1st July to 9 September
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 and Thursday evening 18.00 – 20.00
Wednesday evening 18.00 – 19.30
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.
If you want to hire the Ware Lido we need to know certain things …
If you want to hire the Ware Lido you should know …
Download a Lido Booking Form
To hire the Lido contact the Ware Finance Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview dates will be revealed closer to the start of the season.
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 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.”