It is quite possibly the most perfect Art Deco Lido in the country. It is an architectural jewel in a city that was largely destroyed during the war. It affords the swimmer amazing views of the sea and five years ago it had a multi million pound overhaul, yet it appears that Plymouth’s Tinside Lido still isn’t pulling in the punters.
According to a report in http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Tinside-Pool-rack-ruin/article-2507170-d… the pool has only had 10,000 visitors this year, 20,000 short of break even point.
So why is it that Tinside is not rammed each day throughout the summer? Well locals on the website have some interesting views.
It is clear that the poor weather this summer has kept causal bathers away, but others blame limited opening hours (it shuts in the evening), high admission costs and an early season closing – it shuts on September 5th.
It seems even more bizarre when London lidos are reporting excellent figures this year.
It sounds to me that the local council need to be a little bit more imaginative in their marketing. People still have a fear of what they perceive to be cold water, the council needs to counter that mis-conception while pushing the numerous health benefits of swimming outdoors.
I’d be interested to hear from any locals why they don’t use the pool.
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