We will be open to the public on Saturday 25th of May 2024 - Bring on the hot summer.

Welcome to Bathurst Pool

Open Air Pool In Lydney


We open for public swim on Saturday 25th May 2024 12-5pm daily.

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 only. We do not have a booking system, it is queue for entry.  On very hot days we may have to operate a one out, one in system.  There is no shade whilst queuing, please wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.  We are often very quiet on cooler days

🌅 SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNRISE SWIM Friday 21st June 2024 Keep and eye out here!.

Tickets for our very popular solstice swim are now on sale at the pool (cash only and tickets are limited to 100). Join us on Friday 21st June at 4.30am so you can be swimming in the pool as the sun rises. This is an over 18’s, non-lifeguarded event and costs TBD per person. Tea and toast is included for the early risers.




Admission Fees


Adult: £4
Child: £2.50 (over 3 years of age)

No Concessions (Spectators, Senior Citizens and Students)

Cash payments only, we do not have a card machine. We do not have a booking system, it is queue for entry.

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

Bathurst Swim Club 2023:


Starts Wednesday 1st May 10am-12pm (7am-12pm Thursdays & Friday) and 5pm-7pm daily and will cost £100 for the season. Members will also have access to the pool during public swim times, which are 12pm-5pm, when we open up fully at the end of May, though there will be no lane ropes and we may be very busy during hot days. Bathurst swim club usually finishes the beginning of September, depending on the weather, trustee and chemical availability.






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 or vaping 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 – www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Bus network:

For up to date timetable please visit, www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/bustimetables There is a bus stop right outside Bathurst Pool

Recycling Facilities

We offer return and refund schemes for 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.