Serious Swim Club is running from the 1st of April 2021. Public swim in 2021 will commence when full Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Welcome to Bathurst Pool

Open Air Pool In Lydney




Admission Fees


Entrance Fees (PUBLIC SESSION)


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

1st April – beginning of September (dependant on weather)


If you wish to join, then please telephone (01594) 842625 between the hours of 10am and 6pm daily from the 1st of April. Alternatively, you can email for details of how to join. Information regarding rules and regulations are published below.


The following will apply whilst restrictions are in place:

– You must be 16 and over to sign up for our non-lifeguarded, swim at your own risk club membership. Although if you are 16-18 you must swim with an adult member of your family.
– It costs £70 per person for the season for 1 hourly bookable slots.
– There will be 10 people per hour in the pool, 2 per lane between the hours of 10am and 6pm to keep the risks to our elderly trustees, volunteers and swimmers to a minimum (although 3 people from the same family can swim together in our larger lane).
– Multiple bookings are not allowed, they can only be made on a weekly basis (you can book your next visit when you leave the pool). You are guaranteed at least 2 swims per week.
– We don’t have an online booking system as there is no internet at the pool (we are only open 4 months of the year). Bookings must be made over the phone on (01594) 842625 between the hours of 10am and 6pm daily.
– Please do not try and book through facebook as the volunteers running it may well be at work and won’t be able to book it for you.
– The gates will be closed so any non-booking enquires need to be made by Facebook (which may not be seen until the end of the day) or by telephone.
-We may be forced to close at any time due to government restrictions.
-No spectators are allowed.
-The pool is only slightly heated by solar panels and may be cold during the early part of the season. Wetsuits are welcomed and encouraged, swim hats and swim socks and gloves also help keep you warm. Please be aware that if you are swimming in cold temperatures that your swim will only be for a short amount of time. Please bring warm clothes and a drink to warm up with afterwards. Pool temperature updates will be posted online frequently.


-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.
-You need to turn up for your swim a few minutes before your booking. The gates will be shut so please wait outside until they are opened for you.
-You cannot turn up for a swim unless you are booked in and then only for a 1 hour slot.
-Everyone must use the hand sanitiser on arrival and sign in with your telephone number which will be held for 21 days (it may be handy to bring your own pen). Please follow all the regulations on social distancing by leaving a space of 2 metres between you and the next person
-Swimmers are expected to arrive pre-showered and ‘beach ready’ (costume under clothes) avoiding the changing rooms if possible.
-Use of toilets is discouraged as is social chatter or play, it is strictly lane swimming only. You are not allowed to stop at each end unless you are vacating the pool.
-Follow the one way system and any instructions given by the trustees and volunteers.
-You must be ready to leave the pool on the hour to allow the next hourly booked swimmers in, so leave plenty of time to change after your swim and to book your next visit (unless you want to leave earlier).


When restrictions are lifted we will be opening for public swims between 12pm and 5pm. Serious swim club times will then revert to 10am-12pm and 5-7pm daily. Members will have access to the pool during public swims but it may well be busy and there will no lane ropes.


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.

A Smoking area is provided.

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.