Hampshire’s best outdoor swimming spots that aren’t the beach, including New Forest Water Park

If you’re thinking of things to keep you busy this weekend, going swimming might not be at the top of your list. But there are plenty of reasons why it should be.

With sunshine expected for most of the Jubilee weekend, it could be the perfect time to go for an outdoor swim. Hampshire beaches are likely to get very crowded, so why not visit one of the county’s many outdoor bathing spots.

From northern Aldershot County to southern New Forest County, there are places everywhere that may be just what you are looking for. From outdoor pools to saltwater baths, we’ve got you covered.

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With that in mind, HampshireLive has today compiled a list of some of the best venues for outdoor swimming in the county.

New Forest Water Park

The New Forest Water Park in Fordingbridge is a great place the whole family can visit. The site is home to an open water swimming area and you can also partake in wired wakeboarding on site.

Famously, the area is also home to the UK’s largest outdoor floating inflatable park, the New Forest Aqua Park. Inflatables are made up of a range of different things to keep you entertained, including trampolines, monkey bars, flippers, slides, hurdles and diving boards. There are also rockers, rollers, an overhanging climbing wall, swings and more.

The New Forest water park is open again

Pricing information for all other activities is available online here.

Aldershot Lido

Aldershot Lido has recently reopened to the public. Owned by Rushmoor Borough Council, the Lido has three water channels, a diving platform, a toddlers paddling pool and sandbox, a basketball court and a playground. a picnic area on nine acres of landscaped grounds.

This year, early morning lane swim sessions will also be held on select days. These will be time slots arranged on certain days before the pool officially opens to other bookings.

Aldershot Lido
Aldershot Lido

To save money and avoid queues, tickets can be booked online here.

Petersfield Open Air Pool

Petersfield’s heated outdoor swimming pool is open for 2022. Renovated just two years ago, the water temperature is normally around 27°C and the site is open daily from April to September.

There are also hot showers, changing rooms and a sun terrace. There is a cafe serving food for breakfast, lunch and late afternoon during peak times and the pool goes 3m deep.

Pre-booking is not necessary. For more information, Click here.

Lymington Seawater Baths

Lymington Sea Water Baths is the county’s oldest open-air natural swimming pool. Perfect for a range of activities, a fully equipped 110m saltwater pool with 200m of inflatable obstacle course is on site along with stand-up paddle boards.

The pool is therefore perfect for a range of activities such as swimming, inflatable games, kayaking, paddle boarding and zorbing. Swimming sessions are also not too expensive.

Information on sessions involving paddle boards and inflatables can be found here.

Hilsea Lido

A huge 67 meter long unheated outdoor swimming pool ranging from 1 meter deep to 4.5 meters, Hilsea Lido has a deep diving pit and a two meter high diving platform. The site has a shower cabin and changing rooms as well as the herbal tea room and the Blue Lagoon kiosk.

Sessions can be booked in advance and can be done online here.

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