A popular swimming pool has launched its new summer timetable after previous complaints that the facility was not open enough during the day. 

The Northcroft Lido at Northcroft Leisure Centre in Newbury has been regularly used by the community for years, many people visiting the outdoor pool for lane swimming.

As previously reported, despite the commencement of the school Easter holidays, the lido was only open at certain peak times, early in the morning and again at 7 pm, leaving many members distraught that they could not use it when they want to.

However, a spokesperson for the lido has revealed that the pool will be opening more frequently now that warmer weather has rolled in. 

Now, Northcroft Lido is launching its full summer swim programme with activities and events available for people of all ages, interests and abilities.

Families will welcome the array of family swim sessions and fun swim parties on offer, as well as the kid-friendly splash pad and water slides.

New for this year’s timetable are quiet swim sessions, which have reduced capacity and no music playing.

These sessions are suitable for adults with autism, dementia or other sensory differences, in addition to those who simply prefer a calmer setting for swimming.

The lido will also have swim sessions for children and adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). A hoist is available in the pool area, and there is a Changing Places changing room too.

Visitors can enjoy the decking area for some relaxation, which is complete with colourful beach huts to create a seaside feel.

Northcroft Lido is managed by leading operator Everyone Active in partnership with West Berkshire Council and underwent a £5million refurbishment last year.

Richard May, contract manager for Everyone Active in West Berkshire, said: “It’s been brilliant to welcome the local community back to Northcroft Lido for our first full summer season, and it’s already been a really successful couple of months.

“With our new summer timetable now launched, we encourage residents from West Berkshire and beyond to come and enjoy some al fresco swimming at this iconic facility.”

April Peberdy, Acting Service Director – Communities and Wellbeing at West Berkshire Council, says: “It’s very exciting to see our fabulous Lido open for its first full season. It’s a wonderful asset for West Berkshire and we look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to enjoy it.”