Public swim will start on Monday 19th July 2021 from 12pm-5pm. We will close on Sunday 5th September 2021.

Welcome to Bathurst Pool

Open Air Pool In Lydney


Bathurst Pool is open from the 19th July 2021 for public swim and will close on September 5th 2021.

Public swim is 12pm-5pm daily, no pre-booking is required.  Beware on hot days we might reach capacity and will be operating a one-in, one-out system, therefore you might have to queue with no shade unless you bring your own.

Please note that the public swim session is weather dependent, contact us at the pool on 01594 842625 before you start your journey if you are unsure.

Payment by cash or cheque only.

-Please don’t attend the pool if you are showing any signs of Covid-19.

– Please don’t attend the pool if you, or any of your family, are awaiting any Covid-19 test results.

Admission Fees

Entrance Fees (PUBLIC SESSION)

Adult: £3
Child: £2 (over 3 years of age)

No Concessions (Spectators, Senior Citizens and Students)

Cash and Cheque Payments only, we do not have a card machine.

Pool Information

Pool length = 38 metres
Pool Depth = 1m to 1.8m

Children who are competent swimmers need to be 8 years or older to be left at the pool unsupervised.

1 adult to 2 non-swimming children.

Changing cubicles are available.  We have no lockers; your personal belongings are your responsibility.

The pool is fully supervised by lifeguards

Rules and Regulations

The following will not be tolerated and anyone abusing these rules will be asked to leave:

*Disobeying or abusing the lifeguards
*Antisocial behaviour
*Damaging or defacing the site

No Food or Drink allowed in the pool
No Alcohol/Drugs or persons under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs are permitted in the pool.
The use of inflatables is closely monitored and if deemed to be blocking or affecting the lifeguards view, will be removed.
Lifeguard and Trustee instructions must be followed at all times.
Non Swimmers and Weak Swimmers must stay in the shallow end.
Parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times
No Shoving or Pushing
No dangerous diving activities – Including
No Running Dives
No Backward Dives
No Dives without hands in front of head
No Somersault Entries
No Dives through Inflatables
No Bombing

The following are not permitted on the premises.
*Glass containers
*Smoking or vaping
*No dogs except guide dogs

Serious Swim Club:

Membership costs £70 for the season and swim times are as follows:

Saturday to Wednesday from 10am-12pm and 5pm-7pm

Thursday and Friday from 7am-12pm and 5pm-7pm

As a member you will have access to the pool during public swim times, but on hot days the pool may be busy and there will be no lanes.

These sessions are non-lifeguarded, are available to over 18’s and are for swimming lengths only.  Members must sign in and present their cards on arrival, no pre-booking is required.

One off swims are available if the session is quiet and costs £5.

Apply for membership directly at the pool within our opening hours.

Payment by cash or cheque only.

Swim club will finish in September dependant on weather.

-Please do not come to the pool if you are showing any signs of Covid-19.

-Please do not come to the pool if you, or any of your family, are awaiting Covid-19 test results.





Over flow parking on hot days is available in the field to the right of the entrance to the pool.

Bikes can be locked against the railings.

Please do not park on the side of the main road blocking the pavement.  You may be subject to a fixed penalty fine.


We have a fully stocked shop on site offering hot snacks, confectionery, hot & cold drinks, ice cream, inflatables and goggles.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic to the pool, however alcohol is strictly prohibited.  Glass is also strictly prohibited.

No smoking is allowed on site.



Getting to us:

SAT NAV postcode: GL15 5DY

We are situated ½ mile south of Lydney on the B4231, (in the direction of Alvington). Coming from Lydney, we are on the left-hand side of the road, about 500 yards before the round roundabout.

Rail links:

The nearest mainline railway station is Lydney. They are no buses to the railway station and it’s about ½ mile walk into Lydney town.
There is a heritage railway station in Parkend, (about 3 miles way), which is serviced by the Dean Forest Railway –

Bus network:

For up to date timetable please visit, There is a bus stop right outside Bathurst Pool

Recycling Facilities

We offer return and refund schemes for plastic bottles and Pot Noodle pots.  You can recycle cans, paper and plastic on site and refill water bottles.  We are working to reduce single use plastic as much as possible.

welcome to bathurst pool

Given as a present to the inhabitants of Lydney and Aylburton by the Bathurst family in 1920. Bathurst Swimming Pool in Lydney is considered to be one of Gloucestershire’s best kept secrets.

This 38 metre outdoor pool in the Forest of Dean is run by volunteers and open for at least 14 weeks during the Summer.

We are delighted to be the recipients of the George Read Community Award at the Pride of the Forest Awards 2017.

We are also very honoured to have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2018.