Jubilee Pool open until end of October!
It has been announced that Jubilee Pool will remain open until the end of October, later than ever before in its 82 year history following a record-breaking season.
Since opening in June, over 40,000 people have visited the spectacular seawater pool, now considered to be the best example of a pre-war lido in the UK, and one of the main tourist attractions in Penzance. As a result of its popularity the pool will now remain open for seven days a week throughout September, and for five days a week with shorter opening hours until late October. It is now hoped that the Café will operate throughout the year, with a number of ‘pop-up’ supper evenings proposed over the autumn and winter.
In May the management of the Grade II listed lido was transferred to a Community Benefit Society, established by Friends of Jubilee Pool with financial support from Cornwall Council and Penzance Town Council. This voluntary organisation has operated the pool and café this season as a social enterprise, with all profits being reinvested in the long term maintenance and improvement of the facility.
“The entire team at Jubilee Pool have helped to make this new venture a real success’.”
David Hoyes, a founding director of Jubilee Pool Community Benefit Society, said “We recruited a professional and enthusiastic team of sixteen this year, comprising a Pool Manager, Duty Manager and lifeguards, alongside an experienced and dedicated team to operate Jubilee Pool Café. We have received fantastic feedback and rave reviews from the public thanks to their efforts. The entire team at Jubilee Pool have helped to make this new venture a real success’.
Martin Nixon, another director said: “We set out to become an exemplar in the UK of how to operate a lido as a social enterprise. Our new business model has helped to ensure value for money for local taxpayers with improved operation, a much greater financial return to ensure the pool survives, increased visitor numbers, flexible opening hours, and now a significantly longer operating season.”
Susan Stuart, fellow director added ‘Our future plans involve an exciting scheme for heating a section of the pool with geothermal energy, and significant improvements to the café building. We’ve always said that the pool is a catalyst for regeneration and given this success, Jubilee Pool is clearly beneficial to the wider economy of Penzance.’