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For other uses, see Lido (disambiguation). Tinside Pool in Plymouth, re-opened to the public in 2005 A lido (pronounced /ˈliːdoʊ/ LEE-doh or /ˈlaɪdoʊ/ LYE-doh), in the United Kingdom and some other countries, refers to a public outdoor swimming pool and surrounding facilities, or part of a beach where people can swim, lie in the sun or participate in water sports. On a cruise ship, outdoor pools and the surrounding facilities are referred to as the lido deck. The term lido is the Italian word for beach and forms part of the place name of several Italian seaside towns known for their beach, e.g. Lido di Venezia, the barrier beach enclosing the Lagoon of Venice. Possibly the term found its way into English from returning English visitors to Lido di Venezia, where sea-bathing took place from the late nineteenth century.[1] Contents 1 History in the UK 1.1 Revival and campaigns 2 See also 3 References 4 Bibliography 5 External links // History in the UK See Category:Lidos for examples of lidos across the U.K. Jubilee Pool, Penzance—a saltwater lido Mythenquai Lido at Lake Zurich in Zürich-Wollishofen The golden age of new lidos was in the 1930s, when swimming became very popular, and 169 were built across the UK as recreational facilities by local councils.[2][3][4] Many closed when foreign holidays (vacations) became less expensive, and local lidos were snubbed as "naff", but the remaining lidos have a dedicated following of supporters. Notable examples of open lidos are Saltdean Lido in Sussex, Tooting Bec Lido in South London, Jesus Green Swimming Pool in Cambridge and Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham. There were numerous lidos (particularly in London and the south-west), but hundreds have closed in the UK in recent years. Revival and campaigns In 2005 a major breakthrough in lido revival took place when English Heritage published Liquid Assets - the lidos and open air pools of Britain, produced as part of the Played in Britain series. Author Janet Smith had spent years researching (and swimming in) lidos around the country and her book explored the past, present and future of open air pools. This, in turn led to two major conferences in 2006: "Reviving Lidos" and "Making a Splash". Although there have been many setbacks, long-running campaigns have resulted in some important successes: In October 2006 London Fields Lido re-opened in Hackney after a campaign lasting nearly 20 years; Droitwich Spa Lido has also re-opened after a six year battle by the group SALT (Save a Lido Today); Brockwell Lido celebrated its 70th Birthday (1937–2007) on 10 July; Clifton Lido reopened in 2008;[5] Wood Green Pool in Banbury reopened in 2009.[6] On-going campaigns include: reopening Broomhill Pool, Ipswich and the Cleveland Pools (at Hampton Row in Bath) (here the historic Grade II* listed baths, which date back to 1815, are believed to be the oldest surviving public outdoor swimming pools in the country.) See also List of Olympic sized pools in the UK List of sources on lidos References ^ Smith, Janet (2006), Liquid assets: the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain, English Heritage, p. 183, ISBN 9780954744502  ^ Alexandra Buxton (26 July 2003). "Sea change". The Guardian.  ^ "London Lido For Children Proposed Schemes For Parks, L.C.C. Programme". The Times. Dec 06, 1937. p. 18.  ^ Samuel, Raphael (1999). Island stories: unravelling Britain. Verso. pp. 144–145. ISBN 9781859841907.  ^ "Suburb's Victorian lido reopens". BBC News. 24 November 2008. "The pool water is heated by solar panels on the roof. The Victorian Clifton Lido in Bristol has reopened after two decades and a £2m revamp."  ^ Sam Mcgregor (4th August 2009). "Banbury Lido makes late comeback". "The £1.5m refurbishment included altering the depth levels, upgrading the water circulation system and improving the overall appearance of the pool."  Bibliography Smith, Janet (2006). Liquid assets: the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain. English Heritage. ISBN 0954744500  External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Lidos Oliver Merrington's Lidos in the UK Lidos Yahoo Group = the Lidos History Society (UK) Pooling Resources - a campaigning group for reopening closed lidos and indoor pools Anne Jessel's Lost Lidos (UK) Seaside History: Lidos