- Newly renovated in 2020 to include underwater lights, great for evening atmosphere.
- The pool is heated! The water temperature is usually about 27 degrees C.
- We are open EVERY DAY during the season (usually late April to mid-September).*
- There are hot showers and individual changing rooms plus a big sun terrace and picnic benches.
- The pool is approx. 25m long and goes down 3m in the deep end where there is a springboard.
- “The Dive Thru” Café serves a variety of high quality healthy food for breakfast, lunch and late afternoons in peak season with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, baked goods, snacks and ice cream are always available.
- Disabled facilities: entrance ramp, shallow steps and purpose-built shower, changing and toilet facility.
Please feel free to contact us ahead of your visit to let us know what you require.
- We offer weekly swimming for children in term-time with intensive swimming courses during the school holidays.
- Private lessons are available for adults and children.
- The pool can also be hired for a private event or party along with our large barbecue.
- GIANT inflatable also available for private hires.
- Please email the pool for swimming lessons and private hire.
- We regret that we don’t have the right facilities for Dogs to visit.
OUR PADDLING POOL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AND UNTIL WE HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS WILL NOT RE-OPEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
Little Bit of Background
Petersfield Open Air Swimming Pool is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO Registered number 1195755) held in trust for the people of Petersfield. We open from Spring until Autumn and you’ll find that we are the best and friendliest pool in the South of England. Come on down for a swim or snack and enjoy the waters!
In the late 1950s, a group of people set about providing a swimming pool for the youth of Petersfield; a clean and safe alternative to the Heath pond, where some youngsters used to swim in fine weather. Funds were raised by the people of Petersfield and the surrounding areas which were boosted by a significant grant from the Department of Education as the pool would be ‘educating and training’ young people. Finally in May 1962 after much fundraising, the pool was opened by Sir David Eccles, Minister for Education at a cost of £13,000.
Out of this emphasis on youth and learning to swim came the swimming club, which is still in operation today, meeting on Tuesday evenings. It encourages children of all ages to take part in coaching, training, fitness and use of the diving board and always welcomes new members.
Since those early days the pool has maintained local support and through fundraising by its many supporters and volunteers has been able to keep improving its facilities and has opened year on year. It now has excellent disabled facilities, hot showers, refurbished and lit changing rooms, sun loungers, picnic tables, benches and a covered area in case of rain.
Some things at the pool have not changed. The immaculate cleanliness of the pool and its surrounds is kept up by Tom Callingham, General Manager, and his team, as are the high standards of life guarding and behaviour. The old-fashioned turnstile is still there, as are the brightly coloured changing room doors. Green hedges and fences still surround the pool providing a secluded, tranquil setting in the heart of the town. In fact, the pool, with its personal and friendly atmosphere has managed to retain an intimacy, which sets it apart from today’s large, faceless leisure centres.