Woodgreen welcomes outdoor swimmers for 80th summer

Banbury’s popular outdoor swimming pool is soon opening, in the year that it celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Published: Tuesday, 30th April 2019

The open air pool at Woodgreen Leisure Centre opens officially on Saturday, 4 May.

In addition to the pool there is a flume, interactive aqua splash zone for toddlers and a snack bar serving food throughout the day. The 50m pool is operated by Legacy Leisure on behalf of Cherwell District Council. In addition to the support from Cherwell, the pool receives annual contributions from Banbury Town Council towards its running costs.

Nicola Riley, Cherwell’s assistant director for wellbeing, said: “Woodgreen’s open air pool is a real fixture of local people’s summers, whether they are swimming to keep fit, spend time with their friends or to have fun with their kids.

“I encourage everyone to make the most of it as we celebrate its 80th anniversary.”

Families from Grimsbury, Hardwick, Neithrop and Ruscote can enjoy discounted swimming at the pool by applying to the Families Active, Sporting Together (FAST) programme.

The outdoor pool’s anniversary is being marked at an intergenerational reminiscence event taking place on 21 May from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Cornhill Centre.

It is an opportunity for people of all ages to discuss, remember and share stories about the pool and its history. The event will be led by Banbury Museum as part of the Banbury Age of Creativity Festival which is running at venues throughout the town from 1 to 31 May.

For details of Woodgreen pool’s opening hours and prices, visit: www.leisurecentre.com/woodgreen-leisure-centre

For information about the intergenerational reminiscence event and booking, contact Karey Morley on 01295 236 165 or karey.morley@banburymuseum.org