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By Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool, Jan 12 2018 07:54PM

The BIG3 (3rd Buckfastleigh Ice Gala) is on Saturday 17th February, 2018. Join 80+ other competitors, their friends and families, enjoy cold water races (less than 8C), great grub, funky tunes and costumes, great prizes and help raised several hundred £ to keep our community pool open. And this year we have a new race - individual medley. One length of each stroke. And the freestyle final will be crawl all the way.

If you fancy a cold water swimming challenge, a bit of friendly competition and a good excuse to dress up and shriek freely – this is the event for you.

Note – the race rules require you to wear no more than a swimming costume, goggles and hat. Wetsuits, rash vests, thermal tops, bottoms etc are not allowed. But there are exceptions for wacky costumes and hats!

The Buckfastleigh Ice Gala is a cold water swimming gala for swimmers to have fun and raise some money for the pool. All profits from the event will help to support this community run facility. But we also actively welcome swimmers who want to take on this challenge to raise funds for causes close to their own hearts. In 2016, three relay teams from Newton Abbot College raised money for their school trip to Borneo, for example.

Buckfastleigh Pool is 21m long. In the summer months it is heated to 27 degrees and provides a valuable amenity to our small Dartmoor town. The pool is run and owned by the community and relies on the voluntary efforts of local people to keep it open. Your participation and entry fee will help to keep it open.

We are offering the following events to swimmers over the age of 14:

Relay - 4x42m

4 swimmers each swimming two lengths (42m) of the pool without a wetsuit. There will be prizes for the best team costumes, as we intend this to be more about fun than winning a swimming race.

Teams seeking sponsorship to fundraise for causes close to their hearts are very welcome, and we'll ensure your cause gets a mention.

Freestyle 42m event (2 lengths)

Race heats for men and women; and we’ll have a final for men and one for women. But you are welcome to swim just for fun too. Again non-wetsuit.

Head Up Breaststroke 42m event (2 lengths)

Race heats for men and women; and we’ll have a final for men and one for women. But you are welcome to swim just for fun too. Again non-wetsuit.

NEW! - Individual Medley (84m - 4x21m per stroke)

Race heats for men and women; and we’ll have a final for men and one for women. But you are welcome to swim just for fun too. Again non-wetsuit.


There will be a warm room available for a warming up afterwards, hot drinks and a variety of hot and cold snacks. Spectators are very welcome, for a small charge on the day, and they'll have a great view of your swim from our terraces.

ENTRY SALES CLOSE ON 11th February 2018.

Buy tickets via Eventbrite here

By Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool, Oct 14 2017 04:32PM

Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool is open for cold water swimming for 14 weeks from Saturday 23 Sept - Saturday 23 December. 9.15 - 10.15.

Our heated season ends on Sunday 17 September and we'll be turning the boilers off and letting the pool cool down in the run up to Christmas.

Unheated swimming starting Saturday 23 September at 9.15 to 10.15 each week up to Saturday 23 December. That's 14 weeks of lovely cool water (Sat 23 Dec may be a bit warmer as we'll have the boilers on for our full yheated Boxing Day Swim).

A 14 week pass is £30 (that's less than £2.15 a swim!) and is fully transferable (i.e. it's valid for 14 cold swims in total so you can share it if you like!). Individual swims are £4.

Previous years have been great fun, with water temperatures varying from 19 degrees down to as low as 5-6 degrees on occaisions. Temperatures typically remain in the high teens for much of the time but obviously are totally weather dependent.

If you like your water cool, get your pass and let's keep the pool busy till Christmas!

To book your season ticket visit our Eventbrite page

By Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool, Jun 26 2017 07:26PM

Come and enjoy a magical night time swim in our heated pool, relax with a hot drink and marvel at the Dartmoor sky.

Swimming starts at sunset, which is at 21.30 on the 30th June. Enjoy a relaxing swim in our lovely warm pool with water heated to 27 degrees. The pool area will be gently lit by twinkling candle lights and fairy lights and each swimmer will wear a coloured glow stick - creating a magical and fun event.

After the swim there will be a range of free hot drinks, including our secret recipe mulled cider.

Then it’s time to learn more about the beautiful Dartmoor sky with a guided tour of the universe by local astronomers Bryony and Rob Tilsley from Dartmoor Skies. Try out the powerful telescopes and experience fantastic views of planets, meteor showers, the Milky Way and more!

Swimming is from 21.30 – 22.30 followed by hot drinks and star gazing in the park until 23.30.

Tickets are £6 and season tickets, passes and vouchers are not valid for this event.

Tickets will be available from the pool reception during normal opening hours and to buy on line via Eventbrite (NB Eventbrite charges a processing fee which will be added to the cost of the ticket price). Ticket numbers are limited. We expect to sell out, so please buy your ticket early if possible.

This is an event for over 16s only.

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By Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool, May 9 2017 08:16PM

We are opening for the summer season on 27 May, so come on down to Victoria Park and enjoy a swim in our beautiful open air heated pool. Our water is a toasty 27 degrees, whatever the weather.

With adult lane swimming in the mornings and evenings, Aquafit for those of you who want a fun way to get fit and general swimming between 3pm – 6pm in term time and 1pm – 6pm in the summer holidays, we have something for everyone. We have wet and wild fun sessions for kids of all ages and the pool is available for private hire if you want to hold your own party.

We’ve tried to keep prices as low as possible this year so as many local people as possible can get fit and have fun in the pool. Adult single swims are £3.80 and child/concession single swims are £2.70. For those of you who are planning to swim regularly, we are offering 12 swims for the price of 10 (adult £38, child/concession £27).

And for those 5 to 15 year olds who plan to spend as much time as possible in the pool, we have the TQ11 Club: a monthly pass for £15 a month, which is fantastic value. As in previous years, children under 5 are free and spectators are £1.

Last year, our magical evening swims were a real sell out so we will be adding a few of these over the summer months. Keep an eye out on our website or Facebook page for more information.

This year, the pool will be 130 years old and was saved from closure in 2015 by a team of community volunteers. We rely heavily on volunteers and we are always on the lookout for people to help in the tuck shop, carry out DIY and maintenance, organise fundraising events and join our management team. All our volunteers get a free swim for each shift completed.

If you are interested in volunteering, message us via our Facebook page or email

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