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Buckfastleigh

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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.


Buy tickets now


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 bfl.pool@yahoo.co.uk



By Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool, Jan 13 2017 07:03PM

Victoria Park Buckfastleigh has been awarded a grant of £20,000 by Buckfastleigh Town Council to enable it to keep the pool open in 2017.


The pool provides affordable swimming for the community, and since April 2015 has been run by a community group of volunteers which took over the running of the pool from Teignbridge District Council when it said it could no longer afford to keep the pool open.


The pool saw its highest number of users in 2016, with over 8,500 individual swims and lots of new events and income-generating activities such as cold water swimming, Ice Galas, a heated Boxing Day swim and evening events.


However, earlier in the winter, the trustees of the pool had to inform the town council that the pool could not cover its running costs through ticket prices alone, and sought a grant from the council towards its running costs. The grant of £20,000 from Buckfastleigh Town Council gives the pool trustees breathing

space to build its marketing and income generating activities.


Jill Hulatt, Trustee of Victoria Park and Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool said, “We are incredibly grateful to the town for their support of our pool. This grant is a lifesaver and benefits so many parts of our community, both young and old. Our school children have access to convenient and affordable school swimming sessions and a safe and healthy place for to visit during the summer holidays; the health and wellbeing benefits to adults cannot be underestimated. The pool also provides good-quality employment for local

people and excellent volunteering opportunities as well as bringing more people into the town who spend money in our shops, cafes and pubs.”


Since taking over the management of the park and pool, the trustees have raised over £340,000 to fix and improve the pool, build a new skate park and a new play area in the park. However these grants, whilst incredibly useful, only fund building and refurbishment projects, not the ongoing costs of running the pool, which include staff costs and water and electricity bills.


Ms Hulatt continued, “We anticipate that our marketing and income generation plans will enable us to reduce our reliance on grants in the future, but this is an incredibly useful buffer until we are fully established. It is essential that we, as a community, find ways to preserve and enhance the few remaining facilities we have access to within our town and we would like to thank Buckfastleigh Town Council for this grant.”



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