Come on in, the water’s lovely – whatever the weather!
With its heated 25m pool and toddler pool, slide and café, The Lido is an oasis in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Whether you’re a serious swimmer clocking up the lengths in our early morning sessions or a family looking for an afternoon’s outdoor fun, The Lido has something for everyone.
The pool has been run by local people as a charity since 2004 and describes itself as a 'pool with a social conscience'. Every year we rely on the generous support of the public to maintain this treasured facility, so if you’ve enjoyed your visit and can spare any change to help keep the pool open for future generations, please do contribute.
In 2010 the Lido's new eco-efficient energy system became fully operational. Solar electricity is generated from 60 photovoltaic panels on the roof. These off-set the Lido's own usage as well as provide an income out of season. Natural heat from deep beneath the ground is being used to raise the water temperature, putting less demand on the gas boilers, which are themselves the latest, most energy efficient models. Water quality has been improved by introducing a state of the art ultra-violet light purifier as well as two new filtration tanks. Water usage has been reduced, thanks to better monitoring and maintenance. And the overall efficiency of the site has been improved by new electric and plumbing fixtures.
The story of the pool at Chipping Norton illustrates the town's extraordinary community spirit.
In 1963 local people began a fundraising campaign to build a swimming pool. In just seven years over £20,000 had been raised, the money handed to the Town Council and our open-air pool was opened in 1970.
West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) took over the running of the pool in 1974 and then, in July 2002, the town's new leisure centre was opened and WODC announced that the outdoor pool was to close. 2003 saw the creation of KOPO (Keep Our Pool Open), a campaigning group united by their love of the facility. They mounted a spirited "Use it or Lose It" campaign, collecting 3,000 names on a petition. KOPO garnered tremendous publicity and organised many special events that saw numbers and income rise. Supported by the Town Council, they lobbied WODC who agreed a one-year reprieve.
Late in 2004 WODC announced the withdrawal of their subsidy and the KOPO committee formed a company to manage The Lido, Chipping Norton Lido Limited, and registered for charitable status. Without any public funding other than a small grant from the Town Council each year, the committee of 8 trustees continues to raise funds in order to subsidise the operating costs, improve the facilities and replace the aging machinery and plant.
In 2013, in recognition of the investment in environmentally friendly technologies detailed on the left of this page, as well as an ongoing commitment to run the site as efficiently as possible, The Lido was delighted to receive the Agrivert Green Business Award at the West Oxfordshire Business Awards.