The Broomhill Pool Trust regularly organises various events in the aid of raising awareness and funds for the charity. Below are details of some of our upcoming events.
Broomhill Pool - Heritage Open Days - Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September.
Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool, Sherrington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HT
Celebrating its 80th Anniversary (due to reopen 2020). One of 17 Listed lidos in Britain, the Modern style pool building is one of the most attractive Lido style open-air pools in Britain and has an unrivalled position on the edge of Broomhill Park.
Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool was designed by County-Borough of Ipswich engineer E. McLauchlan.
Built at a cost of £17,000, it was opened Saturday 30 April 1938.
55 yards x 20 yards and 8 lanes wide, the competition pool is one of the deepest outdoor public pools in Britain. The pool volume is 2.1 million litres of water. The pool has the last known Wicksteed (of Kettering) diving stage, incorporating 1,2,3,4 & 5 metre boards.
Facilities include a children's pool 12.5 yards x 20 yards); plus grandstand for 700 spectators and changing cubicles for 70 ladies and 108 men. The facility was originally furnished with flood lighting and underwater flood lighting. The water was filtered and heated to 70f/21c (before the boilers were requisitioned for WW2 in 1941).
Janet Smith wrote, in her definitive book “Liquid Assets” “Broomhill may lack the national profile accorded to Saltdean, Tinside or Penzance, but it is arguably their equal in architectural significance”.
The pool closed in 2002. A friends group was immediately formed, becoming the Broomhill Pool Trust in 2003. The Trust has worked tirelessly to ensure that this wonderful pool is saved.
In December 2017, Fusion Lifestyle, was awarded a £3.4m stage 2 HLF Funding grant, towards a final scheme of £6.2m. Broomhill Pool is expected to be enhanced, fully restored and reopened by Summer 2020. A fitness suite, heated water to 25c and a restoration to the Wicksteed Diving stage are also included.
Saturday 15 September: 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday 16 September: 10:00 to 16:00
Site has been closed since 2002 and is partially derelict, awaiting restoration. Limited public to access to safer areas of the site only. Facility has uneven surfaces. Limited access for wheel chairs, buggies, etc. No toilet facilities. Refreshments can be purchased at neighbouring Broomhill Library. Please note that there will be road closures in the surrounding areas on 16th September due to the Great East Run taking place.