fancy a dip?

May 1, 2010 at 7:33 am 2 comments

Sandford Park Lido in Cheltenham re-opens for the 2010 season today and celebrates it’s 75th year.  The annual ‘Turning Back Time’ celebrations will start at 11am and admission costs just 2 pence.   Lifeguards will be wearing traditional navy whites as worn on the opening day in 1935 and visitors are encouraged to wear 1930’s dress.  Cheltenham Silver Band will provide a welcoming fanfare at the gate and there’ll be games on the lawn and a treasure hunt for sixpences.

I have really fond memories of summer holidays as a child peppered with splashing about at Sandford Park Lido.  It’s been well over a decade since I last visited and a major refurbishment programme in 2006 transformed the pool into a 50m Olympic size pool.  It’s heated now and I’m trying to imagine how different my memories would have been if they didn’t include dares to dive or playful pushes into the freezing cold water.

I love swimming and am counting down the days to my return to my early morning lengths.  I’d be tempted to go the Lido today if only to soak in the memories and smell the chlorine.  But I’ve a date elsewhere – with my beloved allotment.  I paid a brief ‘look only and sigh‘ visit last week and sat and watched while George and my sister-in-law Catherine watered.  Today is special because I’m fully recovered and can report in for full gardening duties.  George will be digging and planting the main crop potatoes and I shall have my fingers in the soil weeding and sowing and feeling thankful.  Catherine has a new allotment in Wallington and is just venturing out on the road to blogging.  Here’s what Catherine had to say about her visit to Gloucester.

ps.  coming to Gloucestershire any time soon – for ideas about what’s on and where to go visit Explore Gloucestershire

© Lido photos:  Iain Barton 2008

Entry filed under: allotment tales, away from the plot.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jacqueline  |  May 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Glad you are up and about again. The opeing sounds like great fun.

  • 2. catmat11  |  May 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    glad you’re back green fingers!! In the summer when i am nice and brown can we go to the lido??? perhaps we could book it privately and have a pool party!! x


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