A season to remember!
This summer, Penzance celebrated the reopening of Jubilee Pool on the completion of a two year restoration project following significant storm damage in February 2014.
The reopening on Saturday 29th May 2016 was much anticipated, and queues started forming well before the gates were opened at 10.30am. By 11am the lido was once again brought back to life and over the course of the opening day more than 1000 people had come through the turnstiles. It was a phenomenal start of what was to become a season to remember at Jubilee Pool.
An official reopening of Jubilee Pool by HRH Prince Charles on Monday 18th July, under clear blue skies and scorching temperatures was a big highlight of the summer season. The terraces were packed with loyal customers, school children and key partners in the restoration project, all eager to greet the royal visitor. HRH Prince Charles was met with wonderful support and spent precious time learning about the history of Jubilee Pool and was treated to a hive of activity at the beautifully restored lido. Following the official opening, there was a busy weekend of activity to celebrate with live music, face painting, stand up paddle boarding and a display of 1930’s vintage cars (special thanks to Penzance Rotary Club).
The popularity of the lido continued throughout the summer, with locals and holidaymakers relaxing on the terraces, enjoying a swim in the refreshing seawater and soaking up the unique atmosphere. The new deckchairs were always snapped up early by those eager to get the best seat for the day. Sharks, crocodiles and dolphins were dotted around the pool on most days, accompanied with squeals of excitement echoing around the terraces as children played with friends.
Activities & Events
Jubilee Pool hosted stand up paddleboards, yoga, fitness training, water polo and swimming lessons. The lido provided the perfect location for the delivery of the RNLI Swim Safe project which engaged 300 children from local schools in valuable water safety education. The popular Jubilee Pool Aquathlons organised by Mounts Bay Harriers returned with a splash. The Aquathlons saw over 300 participants of all ages and abilities swimming the triangle and running along Penzance promenade with plenty of support for those taking up the challenge. Jubilee Pool was also the base for the Yacht Inn Swim, a charitable swim supporting Cancer Research which saw 425 swimmers take part in the famous sea swim. The season finale for the special events was the inaugural Jubilee Pool Triathlon, organised by Tempus Leisure and involved 201 participants swimming, cycling and running in and around the lido early on the last day of the season.
Over the summer months The Friends of the Jubilee Pool continued to raise valuable funds through the sale of merchandise, deckchair hire and other fundraising activity. Volunteers were a real asset and played a key role welcoming customers as well as exchanging stories of lidos and early memories of learning to swim.
Helping to put Penzance on the map!
Word about the Jubilee Pool continued to spread with incredible press coverage including articles in The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and numerous glossy magazines. Queues were once again a frequent sight at the gates of Jubilee Pool and by mid-August, Jubilee Pool had celebrated its 30,000 visitor for the season, a target that surpassed all expectations. After a fantastic season, the gates were closed at 6pm on Sunday 12th September to allow for the completion of outstanding restoration works over the winter period.
At the final count an incredible 41,465 customers came through the turnstiles over the season, similar to numbers recorded in the 1930’s, for example 37,446 in 1939.
The team would like to thank everyone that supported Jubilee Pool this summer and look forward to welcoming you back in 2017. In the meantime if you would like to offer support to Jubilee Pool please click here!