Looking for something fun to do with dad this Father’s Day? Then get him a snazzy new pair of men's swim shorts and take him for a swim! There are some fantastic outdoor pools in Britain, here are ten of the best:
1. Tinside Lido, Plymouth
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you'd hopped onto a plane and landed somewhere exotic on arrival at the Tinside Lido. This traditional saltwater pool was built in the 1930's and is so impressive that it's been voted as one of the top 10 outdoor pools in Europe. Splash about, swim beneath the fountains and enjoy the spectacular views out to sea. Open: 28th May to 11th September.
2. St Nectan's Glen, Cornwall
Take dad on a woodland adventure as you head to the magnificent natural pools of St. Nectan’s Glen in Trethevy where, beneath a canopy of trees, you'll find deep, freshwater pools and a beautiful 60ft waterfall. Open: All year round though opening times vary.
3. Plodda Falls, Highlands
Pack your swimsuits, wellies and a picnic and leave the world behind, because hidden among ancient Douglas Firs in the Glen Affric Nature Reserve, lies the Plodda Falls and its 150ft waterfall. There’s no better place to enjoy some uninterrupted time with dad. Open: All year round.
4. Caerfai Bay, Pembrokeshire
Caerfai Bay on the Pembrokeshire coastline of west Wales offers something for every kind of dad. Whether yours is the kind of guy who likes to spend the hours splashing about in the sea, bathing on the beach or poking sea critters in rock pools and caves, this is a great place to hang out on Father's Day. Open: All year round.
5. Lusty Glaze Beach, Cornwall
Make a real day or weekend of your outdoor swim by taking a trip to Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay. Styled as a resort with restaurants, bars and live music, this is the ideal place to unwind with a dip in the sea followed by a beverage on the beach to watch the sun go down. Open: All year round but dates for sporting and music events vary.
6. The River Cam, Cambridge
Step off the riverbank and into the Cam for a wild swim with the fish, frogs and birdlife that live there! There’s plenty of places to climb into the water, take a punt on it or just enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks. Open: All year round, though at colder times of year a wetsuit worn with slim-fitting men’s swim shorts offers the best comfort and fit.
7. Jubilee Pool, Penzance
This outdoor, family-friendly lido in Penzance gives sea-phobic swimmers the chance to take a dip in fresh seawater without all the sand and sea life! High walls offer protection from rough seas and high winds so you can enjoy an easy-breezy day by the pool. Open: 28th May – 11th September
8. Ilkley Lido, West Yorkshire
At this Lido in Ilkley, you can make a real day of it with a choice of swims in the heated indoor or fresh, open air pools, before heading off for a few sets of tennis or games of bowls and some lunch in the onsite café. Remember, if you play any competitive games with your dad on Father's Day, you might have to let him win, just by a little bit. Open: Indoor pool open all year, lido opens 28th May.
9. Pells Outdoor Pool, Lewes
This tree-lined, freshwater outdoor pool is fed from a natural spring and is the oldest lido of its kind in Britain, but despite being more than 150 years old, it continues to attract thousands of swimmers every year so grab your swimwear and your dad and go and see what all the fuss is about! Open: 14th May until September
10. Bude Sea Pool, Bude
This tidal sea pool set into Summerleaze Beach in Bude makes it easy for families to enjoy a safe, sea swim and it’s free for everyone to dive into. Bear in mind that as a tidal pool, water depths vary throughout the day and you may find shells, rocks and even the odd crab in there with you! Open: All year round.
With so many opportunities to enjoy an outdoor swim with your dad, it makes perfect sense to take him for a dip on Father's Day so don’t get him socks, get him a new pair of men's swim shorts and head to the pool! You can find a wide selection of swimwear for the whole family, plus a range of pool toys and swim accessories, online at Zoggs.