​​Brightlingsea Community Lido is a classic 1930s open air swimming pool right on the coast at Brightlingsea, Essex. Run by the community for the community, it is the place for a few hours of family fun or a regular fitness session.

The Lido is now closed for the winter and will reopen in spring 2022.

The Cafe is open from Friday to Sunday, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm during winter.


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The lido has a 50 metre (unheated) outdoor pool plus a smaller pool for toddlers with parents. Changing facilities and sunloungers are available and there is a cafe on site.








The lido is closed for the winter and will re-open in spring 2022.

The cafe is open from Friday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm during winter.


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Some visitor feedback from 2021


...Thank you for a really lovely morning. It was absolutely spotless, well run and great value. I would highly recommend and can’t wait to go back. Thank you to all of the volunteers for making the lido possible. We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep.


... Took my 6 year old son to the lido this morning. Everywhere was spotless. Service received by everyone was amazing. We will definitely be booking again very soon.


...Amazing to have the Lido re-opened. Loving the early morning swims . Management, staff and volunteers are all doing a fantastic job.


...We had the most wonderful time at the Lido yesterday. It’s so lovely to be back in a completely non threatening communal environment where everyone was enjoying themselves. It’s clean, friendly and professional. We felt like we were on holiday and yet we were just down the road. So lucky. Thank you to all those involved for their hard work.


...We visited yesterday and had a great day, so reasonably priced and worth coming to sunbathe if that's your thing. It felt like we were on holiday abroad laying on a sunbed which was helped by the glorious weather the sunshine coast gets. Food in the cafe is good and reasonable and there are some inflatables, etc also not too expensive.

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Brightlingsea Lido is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registered charity number 1178539.


Thank you to all those who have contributed to making this happen