The Lido Guide

By Janet Wilkinson and Emma Pusill

A practical, beautiful, inspiring guide to the outdoor pools of the UK

Women
125% funded
595 supporters
Published

Publication date: June 2019

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$40  + shipping
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The Locker Key

A first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$50  + shipping
31 pledges

The Shallow End

A signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$65  + shipping
39 pledges

The Deep End

A signed and dedicated first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$85  + shipping
18 pledges

The Swim Cap

A silicone Lido Guide swim cap, plus signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$90  + shipping
14 pledges

The Swimming Badge

An old school Lido Guide cloth badge to sew onto your towel, plus signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$100  + shipping
8 pledges

The Lido Guide Lane Of Fame

Your portrait (supplied by you as a digital file) printed on a special Lane of Fame page in the book, plus a signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$140  + shipping
4 pledges

The Dryrobe

A dryrobe advance short sleeve, plus signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of book.
Only 4 available, pledgers will receive a voucher with their book to cover the full retail cost of the dryrobe, which can be ordered direct via the dryrobe website in size and colour of your choice (subject to stock).

$190  + shipping
5 pledges

The Season Ticket

Your portrait (supplied by you as a digital file) on the entry for your preferred lido, plus a signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 2 entries per pool
$190  + shipping
2 pledges

The Pool Party

Emma and/or Janet to give a talk to your group, plus a signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$190  + shipping
9 pledges

Early Bird Multi-Swim Ticket

5 signed first editions of the paperback (for the price of the unsigned version). Ideal for groups of friends, or pools / lido café’s who want to have advance copies of the book to sell on before it is available through book-stores. Plus the ebook and five names in the back of the book.
$625  + shipping

The Lido Road Trip

A physical book, plus Janet or Emma will visit your pool for a day and offer a consultancy session. We can explore your pool’s operating model with you, talk about diversification to increase income, share experiences of what works and what doesn’t at other lidos, look at your online presence and make recommendations, give advice on your social media strategy and look at any other aspect of your operation you’d like some input on. At the end of the day we can give a talk, and you can sell tickets to that if you wish.
$1,250  + shipping
1 pledge

A Pool Of Your Own

Become a published photographer and provide the photo to accompany your lido in the book (subject to approval). Plus a signed first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.

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We love open-air pools. We love the feeling of sheer joy, and the sense of abandon, that swimming outdoors brings us. We love the sense of community, the beauty of sunshine through water, the companionable solitude of the swim and the chat with other swimmers that seems to flow so much more readily when not constrained by a roof. And we love the cafes, tuck shops and cakes that so often go hand in hand with lidos. The UK has a surprisingly rich stock of open-air pools, from the grand art deco lidos to the more humble, but fiercely loved, community run pools in small towns and villages, to tidal sea pools that provide the swimmer sanctuary from the waves. Many lidos have been lost, but an increasing number are being rescued and there are active campaigns to rescue even more.

We want to provide a guide to all the public access open-air pools that continue to breathe life into the communities that surround them. We want to connect them to swimmers, by providing a guide that will inspire people to visit, and enable them to plan those visits.

Our aim is to cover every single open-air pool that survives in the UK, alongside those where there is a realistic chance that they may be saved. This is not a history of lidos past, it is very much a practical celebration of lidos present. We currently have researched information on over 100 pools, including some that are soon to reopen such as Saltdean and Kings Meadow.

Every pool will have its own entry summarising what makes it unique, what it’s like to swim there and all the information needed to enable swimmers to contact them, engage via social media and visit; if there are little individual quirks, like coin-operated showers, we’ll tell you about it. We’ll tell you whether they are run by volunteers, whether they are heated or unheated, whether they are salt or fresh water, and a great deal more besides. We’ll group the pools by county, so it will be easy to find pools that are near to you, and near to each other.

And there will be a multitude of photographs, because all of these pools are beautiful in their own way and we want to showcase that. First and foremost this book will be practical, but we also want it to be food for a swimmer’s ambitions; the sort of book you can curl up with on a winter evening and lose yourself in while you plan the adventures to come.

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$7 
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The Turnstile

Ebook
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$40  + shipping
328 pledges

The Locker Key

A first edition of the paperback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.