News and Events  

Bath Christmas Market  -  Sunday 15 December 2019 from 10am til 6pm.  

Don't buy your Christmas cards until you’ve seen ours!….we will be selling a variety pack of 3 wonderful cards, plus our Diving Lady poster - all designed by Catherine Phelps - plus our own label plum puddings again this year, so do tell your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to come along and support us. 

Bath Charities Annual Fair - 23 November 2019

Please spread the word for this - our first Xmas event for 2019 - come and buy your cards and puddings from us. Bring the kids to enter our colouring competition and perhaps win a prize.  Lots of lovely things to see, buy and do - all in aid of these very worthy Bath charities. 

4 October 2019 - Contractor Selection

Further to a successful tender process, the Cleveland Pools Trust have selected Beard Construction as our preferred contractor, and will now enter in to negotiations to agree a Pre-Contract Services Agreement for the Stage 1 design phase, ahead of looking to sign a main construction contract in the Spring of 2020.

 September 2019 News Update

Rainbow over the pools - late afternoon Sunday 22 September 2019

Construction - Main Contractor Stage 1 Tenders have been received and a shortlist of contractors were interviewed on 20th September. Tender analysis is ongoing and the appointment of a contractor is due in early October. 

Events - We held our annual Open Days at the Pools as part of the Heritage Open Days week, on the 21st-22nd September. This was a wonderful event with huge visitor numbers (713) and record-breaking money raised on the day (£1000.74). We also took part in the Friends of Sydney Gardens Community Day, garnering much interest and support for the project. 

Operation - We are beginning discussions with Bath Rec Ltd who are our preferred operator for the Pools once the restoration is completed and hope to work towards an acceptable operational lease agreement over the coming months. 

August 2019 News Update


The Main Contractor Stage 1 Invitation to Tender has been posted on the government's Contracts Finder. The deadline for responses is 28 August. It is currently planned to re-open the Pools in summer 2021.

Drop-in Event

The first of 4 drop-in events for residents of the Bathwick Estate was held on 7 August. This was well attended and very positive. We look forward to engaging with more of the local community over the course of the year.

New Staff Member

A Community Learning and Volunteer Officer - Sam Grief - has been appointed and will start work on 7 October.  Supporting Project Director Anna Baker, her job will be to reach out into the wider community to engage with volunteers, organisations and potential users of the Pools to promote inclusiveness and opportunities for all in society.

6 August 2019

In our efforts to continue liaising with our most local stakeholders, this is a call-out to everyone living on the Bathwick Estate in Bath. Please spread the word about these open evenings regarding progress of the project to your neighbours, and please come along if you can. 

6 June 2019

Project Director appointed

With £4.7m funding secured from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), the Cleveland Pools Trust has appointed a full-time director to manage and deliver the project, which is scheduled for completion in spring/summer 2021.

Anna Baker joined the Trust on 3 June and will be based in Northgate House in Bath. A trained architect and experienced project manager, Anna joins the Cleveland Pools Trust on her return from a career break, driving from the UK to Kyrgyzstan and back. Anna has experience of historic buildings having worked in-house for the Grade 2* listed Harrods department store, leading projects of up to £8m, as well as in a consultant role in a commercial surveying and project management firm, APS Ltd in London. She also has first hand experience of working on logistically challenging sites having completed a self-build on a Scottish island with no nearby public road access or water supply.

“I’m thrilled to be appointed and excited to lead the Cleveland Pools project into the delivery phase,” says Anna. “We’re all looking forward to returning this hidden gem to its former glory as a beloved community asset for future generations.”

Further roles with the Trust

Honorary president, Ann Dunlop, who founded the Cleveland Pools Trust commented: “I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to Anna on behalf of the Trust and all of our amazing volunteers who have worked tirelessly to raise funds and bring the project to this exciting stage. With Anna on board, we can now move quickly towards the critical phases of the project as we appoint contractors, begin the restoration and raise further funds.”

The Trust is also currently advertising for two further paid roles to support the project director and the trustees: a full-time Finance & Administrative Officer and a part-time Community Liaison & Volunteer Officer. For details please click here.

We are also seeking a volunteer to lead our marketing and PR so do please look around the website if you feel you could help us with this important role.

Project update

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes since we received the green light from the National Lottery Heritage Fund last December. The funding of £4.7m from the NLHF requires matching funding which has been achieved, although some of this is in the form of a loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund, which the Trust prefers not to use if possible.  Fundraising therefore continues and we have put in place a number of events and initiatives.

The consultant team will now be preparing documents for tendering for the contractor who will carry out the construction aspects of the project.  Practical work is not programmed to start until early 2020 following the appointment of a contractor in autumn/winter 2019. 

An extensive a programme of community involvement for the duration of the delivery period has also been planned. We’ll be publicising further details of this once we appoint a Community Liaison & Volunteer Officer.

Gardeners wanted!

We run gardening sessions at the pools on selected Monday mornings. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are provided! Please click here for further details and dates. 

Sunday 16 June 2019 – Bath Boules

Nearly that time of year again when we will be honing our skills on the boules pistes in Queen Square. Bring family and friends to help spread awareness for the Cleveland Pools. Savills of Bath are kindly sponsoring us again so we will shall wear our polo shirts - and Captain Evans* hats! - with pride as we compete with 20 other teams. Plenty of food and drink and lots of, as it's Fathers' Day why not treat yours to something a little different!

* Captain Evans was our eccentric Victorian swimming proprietor who ran spectacular galas at the Cleveland Pools during the 1860s.  

6 February 2019 - Volunteer Evening

This annual event is to thank volunteers for their sterling work helping with site maintenance, workshops, research, tours, open days and off-site events in the city. 24 attended including Professor Barry Gilbertson (centre with glasses) Chairman of the Advisory Board to The City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site who gave a talk about how Bath compares as a heritage city to other sites in the world. Chair Paul Simons gave an update on the project and the 'what next' to our plans. Thanks to:

Founding trustee, and now Honorary President Ann Dunlop and her husband David (front centre left and middle back) for helping to host the evening along with Deputy Chair Ina Harris, and trustees Sally Helvey and Fred Parkinson.

Irene and Alex in the REC office who helped arrange the venue, held in the new Bath Croquet Club hut.

Beata Cosgrove Photography (far right) for taking photos of the evening

December 2018

BATHNEWSEUM - It’s lift-off for the lido! and Thanks for believing in us - Read Richard Wyatt's reports on the HLF Grant news and his interview with Chair, Paul Simons. 

19 December 2018 - A Special Message from the Cleveland Pools Trust

The Cleveland Pools Trust today welcomed news that it has secured a National Lottery grant to enable the future of this historic site to be realised.

Chair of the Cleveland Pools trustees, Paul Simons, said: “After 14 years’ hard work the Trust’s efforts have finally succeeded in guaranteeing the future of this unique place and community asset. The Trust is most grateful to The Heritage Fund for its support and belief in the scheme. Our thanks also go to the many hundreds of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point, and the thousands of others who have expressed their support for the scheme over the years.”

Swimming is an essential life skill and the Trust has always been encouraged by the families and children from the Bathwick estate and wider area who are enthusiastic to see the revival of this unique swimming pool. The Trust is delighted to be able to continue to work with residents, who will see the benefit of this facility within their own community.

Thanks to National Lottery players and supported through the Heritage Fund, the £4.7 million grant will enable the restoration of Cleveland Pools to begin. The full scheme will cost £5.7 million and the Trust, having already raised £800,000, will now secure the remaining funds, creating the UK’s first naturally-treated (no chemicals) open air public swimming pool, with 30% of the energy for heating the water coming from heat pumps in the adjacent river.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Heritage Fund, said “We are delighted that the National Lottery are able to support this outstanding project which will see this unique Grade II* lido restored and re-opened so that the community can enjoy access to its open air pools in a spectacular heritage setting. It seems particularly appropriate as the pool was originally funded in Georgian times by public subscription”.

As landowner, Bath & North East Somerset Council has worked closely with the Trust, supporting it with a limited amount of grant funding and backing the Trust’s restoration scheme and bid for the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Councillor Paul Myers, cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration said: “This is excellent news from the Heritage Lottery Fund and it means the Trust can now start work to bring the site back into use. As a council we have worked with the Trust and have supported the commitment of local people who have secured the future of a valuable city asset.”

The pools, on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, were built for swimming and recreation between 1815 and 1817 but were closed in 1984 and converted to a trout farm and private residence. The Cleveland Pools Trust has been working since 2004 to restore the Georgian lido and bring it back into use, the oldest outdoor public swimming pool in the UK.

The Pools are Grade II* listed buildings and structures and are currently on the national ‘Heritage At Risk’ register. They are situated within the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage site.

 Trustees: Paul Simons, Ann Dunlop, Andy Mullett, Sally Helvey, Fred Parkinson, Suzy Granger, Ina Harris and Roger Houghton

24 November 2018 - Over 100 people turned up for the Bath Charities Annual Fair at Widcombe Social Club where we sold £230 worth of merchandise. Christmas puddings, Torch Pens and Xmas cards and a number of children entered our Captain Evans' Hat-colouring Competition. 

Matthew Pegler from Savills Bath came along to say Hello, here with Ann Dunlop showing merchandise which Savills donate as part of their annual marketing sponsorship for the Pools. Savills have generously been sponsoring us since 2015 and wish to continue to stick with us right up to our Grand Re-Opening in 2021.

Honorary President and Trustee Ann Dunlop with the Mayor of Bath, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones and Mayoress Deirdre, along with Anne Kelsey and Alison Haley, two of our volunteers. 
Bath MP Wera Hobhouse attended in the afternoon and supported us buying a large Christmas pudding - and one of our cloth bags to carry it away in!   

YOU COULD WIN a fabulous novelty CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS TREE to give to a friend, neighbour, colleague or family member this Christmas....... 

All you have to do is visit our stall at the Bath Charities Annual (Christmas) Fair on Saturday 24 November 2018  at Widcombe Social Club and give us your contact details, and you will go in the draw.

Come and support the Cleveland Pools and other charities. Hope to see you there......

October 2018

CURO site manager Peter Guerrini in front of the new retaining wall and acoustic fencing at the rear of the site 

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - Saturday and Sunday 15 &16 September.

Bath Mayor Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones and Mayoress Mrs Deirdre Anketell-Jones visited the Cleveland Pools as part of Bath's Heritage Open Days. They were greeted by chairman Paul Simons (in cap) and volunteer Jessica Nutt wearing a tall hat to signify her role as 'Captain Evans' for the children's heritage games. 

Swimming patron, paralympian Stephanie Millward appeared on Sunday to chat to children and show them her Olympic Torch and a gold medal from Rio - causing much excitement and amusement! 

Attendance 623 raising over £800 from merchandise sales, teas, and donations. 

Big thanks to Etain O'Shea for co-ordinating everything, to Anne Kelsey for running the superb teas, and to all trustees and other volunteers who made it possible, and to all our visitors, including 10 year old twins Niamh and Scarlet who won the hat colouring competition for their age group.


Sea of Sighs is an Installation responding to The Pools by artist Nikki Allford. Inspired by the empty children's swimming pool, a process in progress over a year.

The Installation created primarily from vivid blue electrical tape is suggestive of pools of water, rivers, or teardrops and also reminiscent of Japanese gardens or architectural structures. The work incorporates photographs that evoke the absence/presence of the human body within the space.


This year, we'll be open (for FREE as always) 2-5pm Saturday and Sunday 15 &16 September. The oldest outdoor swimming pool in the country, and, although there is no swimming quite yet, we'll still give adults and children plenty to do and see at our remarkable hidden gem by the river in Bathwick. Learn about the famous Captain Evans and his miraculous feats, and 'meet' his pet baboon - and tiger! - which he kept locked up beside the children's pool.

We hope you will come and visit us and tell lots of others to do the same! Please see our Find Us page for information on how to get here and how best to travel. 


The Cleveland Pools Trust were so saddened to hear of the death of their architect Peter Carey recently. Notice is online in The Times.

Along with fellow architect David Barnes, both from the Bath-based 'Donald Insall Associates', Peter was instrumental in creating and honing the proposed plans for the Cleveland Pools. He took great care to learn as much as he could about the site and its former uses and structural configurations to gain a better understanding of how it will work in the future. 

Chairman Paul Simons says: "Peter had been the lead architect for the acclaimed Pools design and his death is a bitter blow for all who knew and respected him".  Honorary President Ann Dunlop says: "I had a great regard for him and his research". Paul also worked with Peter on the conservation of the 5 listed buildings at Thermae Bath Spa.

Many heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends

Saturday 21 July - Bath Carnival on the Recreation Ground

It's nearly carnival time again and the Cleveland Pools will be running a stall from 10am til 4pm. So, whether you are taking part in the parade or just watching, do come and say Hello to us......we may even dress up a little too! Fingers crossed the weather lasts .


Bath's legendary swimming superintendent and former Cleveland Pools swimming instructor, John Dagger, has married his longstanding partner Jenny Godwin. 

John and Jenny have known each other for over forty years and are a big part of our Cleveland Pools history. 

John taught swimming for many years at the Cleveland Pools before running the site as a Trout Farm with Jenny in the 80s and 90s due to the new Sports and Leisure Centre opening in 1975. John was employed as the superintendent of the new indoor pool and Jenny was the receptionist, which is how they first met.

Sunday 22 April 2018 - Heritage Open Day

Thanks to all helpers and supporters who came along on. Not only was the weather kind but we met lots of new families whose children took part in our 'Captain Evans' Hat throwing and Hat design/colouring competitions. We had 54 Hats to judge which was not easy - they were all so good! 

Bathwick local Archie Miller came dressed as Captain Evans for the Sydney Gardens event in the afternoon to help capture the imagination of our young visitors. He played the part brilliantly! 

Overall we took nearly £250 in merchandise sales and donations, 81 people filled in our postcard survey (99% with positive comments), and 23 people joined the tours to the Pools. 

Thank you to Savills Bath who are sponsoring our marketing again this year and for donating the prizes and games 


Our latest evening to thank volunteers for the help they give in keeping the Pools maintained and in good condition while we continue to look to bring them back into use. 

Our new chair, Paul Simons (kneeling, front, 2nd left) gave a short update on progress following a recent meeting with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and on a meeting to be held the following day with the site owners, Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES). 

To ensure a clear and consistent message, any further announcement on the way ahead will await agreement by CPT, HLF and B&NES. 

If you would like to consider becoming a volunteer, please see our dedicated webpage


Sunday 26 November was our chance to occupy the Charity Stall at the Christmas Market.  A beautiful day, dry and cold, great for stall-holders and shoppers alike. 

We took a record-breaking £636.60 and gathered about 130 new signatures of support.

All this is down to those who helped, and thanks go to Lesley, Lucy, Ina, Alastair, Ann, Mary, Helen, Jill, Elaine, Etain, Steve, Anne, Alison, Fred, Nick and of course to Sally without whom all this would just not happen!

If you missed the market, you can find our cards and posters at the Bath Area Play Project on Odd Down on Tuesday 12 December (Odd Down Community Centre, Odins Road, Bath BA2 2TL, 1530 to 1730).  You can get the Snowman Xmas card from The Small Shop in the London Road, and A2-size Diving Lady posters from the Framing Workshop in Walcot St and Meltone Gallery in Powlett Rd on the Bathwick Estate.  


Another huge success with more than 600 people turning up to show their support over the three afternoons. Despite the slightly wet and windy weather, our merchandise and the tea room sales raised £827. 249 signed our support form,150 of which were BA1/BA2 post codes, sending a powerful message to the Heritage Lottery Fund of our local support.

Our Sydney Gardens canal invitation - please come on in!

Molly Taylor, aged 8, pebble-painter.... just one of the many activities which took place 

PCSO Barrington Scott with old swimming pal Mark who had not seen each other for some years. 

 John Pash, now living in New Zealand, met his late wife Pauline at the Pools in 1952. 


Around 45 of the great and good of Bath’s professional establishment attended the event, hosted by Savings Champion, a local Bath business, and their sister company The Private Office. 

Emphasising how much extra funding is still needed, Ina Harris, Head of our Fundraising Working Group, thanked Savings Champion for their generous support: “The future of the Pools lies in the balance. If we are to secure our Stage II Heritage Lottery grant of £3.7M to get restoration work underway next year, we have to meet our match-funding target of £530,000. We still have to raise £150,000 and cannot take anything for granted so we continue to appeal to Bath businesses and individuals to help us achieve our 2020 opening”.

Julian Frere from The Private Office said: “We are very happy to support the Cleveland Pools Trust and it’s great to have had the chance to do so in its own beautiful surroundings. The project is a worthy cause for Bath and we hope to highlight the importance of this site both historically and to the broader community”.

Guests were treated to delicious canapés, and given an entertaining slide-show talk on the fascinating history of the Cleveland Pools -  the UK's only surviving outdoor Georgian lido - dating back to 1815, marked more notably as the ‘end of the Napoleonic wars’.

Thanks go to Katie Horne from Savings Champion, also a Cleveland Pools volunteer, and her colleague Lily Warne for organising the event. 


Invited guests are addressed by The Private Office's Julian Frere 


Following a 13 year journey a major milestone has been achieved with Cleveland Pools Trust being awarded planning permission to restore the pools. But there's still much to do before the Heritage Lottery Fund releases Stage II funding to ensure work starts early next year; primarily to engage fully with those Bathwick Estate residents concerned with certain elements of the plans, and raising the remaining £150,000 of the £530,000 match funding target. 

David Barnes, one of the architects from Donald Insall Associates, and the Trust's Project Direct Christopher Heath spoke in support of the application, plus Dennis Toogood, President of the Bath Dolphin Swimming Club and former President of the Amateur Swimming Association, who highlighted the need for more swimming training sessions in Bath, and the recent Swimathon held by his club and seven swim schools in the B&NES area which raised over £12,000 - making the point that the swimming community of Bath is truly behind the Cleveland Pools. 

Chairman Ann Dunlop says: "We can't relax quite yet but I remain positive and reassured that there are so many good people behind us willing to stick with the programme and help us deliver this project for Bath's community - hopefully within the next two years. I am enormously grateful to the trustees, sponsors, design team, project director, advisors, volunteers, former swimmers, and particularly those individuals who took time to support our planning bid......a big thank you to them all for helping us get to this point".

Read the Bath Chronicle report here


Thanks to 600 swimmers from 8 swim schools/clubs who took part, including Bath School of Swimming (owned by trustee Suzy Granger), Angelfish, Barracuda, Water Babies, Swim Central, Jaime's Swim School, and Nicole's Swim School, a record £12,000 has been raised for our funds. This has been the single most successful fundraising event we've done and proves that having a swimming teacher trustee on board opens doors for us onto Bath's swimming community, so special thanks to Suzy for all her organisation. Our Paralympian patron Stephanie Millward MBE supported the event by attending a swim session to meet children and hand out 'Well Done' certificates. 



A lot of fun was had when we entered this annual competition for the first time, teaming up with Savills Bath as "Boules for the Pools". Savills provided their most skilled players to help win 4 of our 7 games. Some wore top hats and moustaches to emulate Captain Evans, the whacky Victorian swimming proprietor who ran the Pools for 25 years.

We also connected with some former swimmers who told stories of their childhood days at the Pools and it proved a great opportunity to engage with people and businesses we wouldn't normally get to meet.

Bath Boules Charitable Trust is hoping to top the £41,484 raised last year, to be distributed amongst various Bath charities. A great publicity exercise for ourselves and for Savills Bath who are supporting our marketing this year. 

Overall winners were Lansdown Mazda who had teamed up with BA1 Hair.

Click here for photos from this historic day in Bath's famous Queen Square.

VOLUNTEERS SOCIAL IN BATHWICK - Wednesday 25th January 2017

36 people attended the Volunteers Social evening at St Mary's Parish church hall in Bathwick.

Following eats and drinks, trustee Sally Helvey provided an overview of the Pools' history, a project update, and a much-deserved tribute to all the volunteers many of whom have been helping out with the project for over two years; running events on site at Heritage Open Days, manning our Christmas Market chalet, fortnightly site maintenance sessions and carrying out research into our vast and varied history.

In addition to the volunteers, attendees included:

'In-house' graphic artist Catherine Phelps (middle-right in black, seated) 
Photographers Beata Cosgrove (2nd from left) and Marc Aitken (in front of banner) 
Chair, Ann Dunlop beneath the banner in the centre. Patrons June Hannam on her right (with glasses)
Stephanie Millward MBE seated in the front row wearing her 'Team GB' top and one of her gold medals from Rio.
Trustee Fred Parkinson (8th from right)
Longstanding advisor Mary Sabina Stacey (in pink, centre left)

If you feel you might like to volunteer at Cleveland Pools please visit our 'Volunteer' webpage.

December 2016 - Record sales at Bath Christmas Market - Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we took £571.60, mostly due to our designer Catherine Phelps' wonderful Christmas Card designs, and the ever popular 'Diving Lady' poster. Just being there to spread the word had its own rewards.....We met umpteen former swimmers of the pools, and engaged with curious visitors who were fascinated by our heritage pool with its 'Georgian crescent'. It was well worth asking: "Do you fancy a swim?"  On a cold winter's day in England, it really caught their attention!

November 2016 - Paralympian swimmer Stephanie Millward MBE joins the team

Stephanie has kindly agreed to be one of our patrons, alongside Sharron Davies and Professor June Hannam, and will be conducting the prize-giving for a sponsored Swimathon in the first week of February 2017. Stephanie won two gold medals, a silver, and two bronzes at Rio 2016. Suffering from multiple sclerosis she is an inspiration and we welcome her wholeheartedly to the project.

Stephanie remarked: "After spending some time walking around the site I feel completely excited and thrilled to be a part of this wonderful initiative. I'm really looking forward to watching this site grow and flourish. With canal boats, bikes or walking routes being the main way to get the pool, fitness is encouraged. I feel that the Cleveland Pools will make another stunning part of our already beautiful heritage city of Bath!"

HERITAGE OPEN DAY SUCCESS: 9-11 September 2016

Despite the rain and rugby on the Saturday we were delighted to greet 748 people over the three afternoons. Former swimmers shared their stories and reminisced as they walked around the site they had enjoyed as children.

B&NES Council, Chairman, Cllr Alan Hale, was shown around by our chairman Ann Dunlop pictured with volunteers Ailsa Russell and Ronny Helvey. Deputy Mayor, Cllr June Player, came along on the Sunday to show her support for the project. Nearly £1,500 was taken from merchandise, teas, raffle tickets, and a new game involving our former Victorian proprietor and swimming instructor 'Captain Evans' (who kept both a tiger and baboon during his time at the baths). Face-painting, a selfies peephole board, origami boat-making, and a slide-show kept people entertained. Teas were provided by Anne Kelsey, Gill Brooks and Alison Haley.

Regency 'promenaders' from the Jane Austen festival visited courtesy of James Arnott and the Hampshire Regency Dancers.

Bath GoodGym Visit - 6 September 2016 - Steph Akpinar (front centre) from B&NES Council brought along a group of 14 colleagues from the wonderfully inspiring 'GoodGym' movement.

GoodGym members in Bath go for a run every Tuesday night undertaking physical tasks that benefit the local community and keeping fit in the process. 

This week they got the final weeding session of the week underway in readiness for our Heritage Open Days. Visitors to this free event are welcome 2-5pm - Friday 9, Saturday 10 or Sunday 11 September.

POOL TEMPORARILY EMPTIED - August 2016 - In order to carry out a structural survey on the main pool, it had to be emptied first, so the Cleveland Pools Trust employed a specialist company - Simecology Ltd (the Wildlife & Environmental Consultancy) - to attend the site over two days to pump out two thirds of the water and remove the fish and rare algae which have to be re-homed. It was a very messy exercise and they discovered some unusual items lurking at the bottom, apparently including a  large cistern, an umbrella stand, some corrugated pipe, a fishing net, a large public litter bin and a very, very long wooden ladder ...

August 2016 - To guide visitors down to the pools, the Canal and River Trust (CRT) has erected a marker board on the canal next to the path down to and over the railway footbridge into Hampton Row.

The CRT has also agreed to a 24-stand bike park in this nice wide space so that people cycling will be able to secure their bikes when they visit. 

Saturday 30 July 2016 - FORMER SWIMMERS REUNION - A message from pools legend John Dagger

Thank you for giving me the opportunity of meeting so many friends and ex pupils, it was nostalgia unsurpassed and hope it will help in the project overall. So many said they would like to help to restore the pool. To me the highlight of the day and there were many was meeting up with Bridget (the lady in the wheel chair) she is in a care home and today was so memorable for her to rekindle past memories, we made an old lady very happy. 

Image - John is re-united with Bridget who ran the ticket kiosk at the pools for John for 10 years in the 70s

Bathampton Art Group paints at the Pools - Monday 18 July 2016 - Sarah Taylor, who runs the Bathampton Art Group, sent along Barbara, Jean, Rebecca, Stuart and Jane. A glorious day, albeit a bit hot!, they were served tea and biscotti by trustee Sally Helvey, on hand to answer questions. None of the artists had seen the Pools before and were mesmerised by how 'secret and peaceful' the site is. Most used watercolour but found the perspective of the crescent shape quite challenging. We think the results are lovely. If you would like to hire the Pools for a painting or anything else that doesn't involve swimming (yet!), please contact trustee Ina Harris.  

GLOBAL VISITS TO THE POOLS – Open Palace Programme visits by heritage students on 6 & 20 July 2016

Two groups of female students and graduates from America, Australia and New Zealand visited the Cleveland Pools as part of a heritage tour of Bath during their three week stay in England for the Open Palace Programme.  Organised annually by Jean Macintyre, the 'OPP' spends three mornings with the Bath Preservation Trust looking at a variety of heritage themes through the eyes of small organisations. This year saw sessions on building conservation at Beckford’s Tower, exhibitions and interpretation at No.1 Royal Crescent and Museum, and learning and education at the Museum of Bath Architecture.

Jean, who brought the first group, has instigated this student programme for the third year running and is a heritage education specialist with 35 years’ experience in the field. She commented "Visiting the Cleveland Pools and learning about this long-running campaign really made the students think.  We applaud Ann Dunlop and all at the Cleveland Pools for their efforts in bringing this great project to the forefront in Bath, and look forward to seeing it completed".   Ann, who indeed founded the Trust, was on hand to explain exactly how the campaign to save the Pools began back in 2004 when the site went on the open market.  She said:  "It's great to be able spread the news about the Cleveland Pools' restoration to young people from across the globe who are studying relating topics such as Architecture, Museum Studies, History of Art, and 18th and 19th century British history.  It is evident that we all share a passion for heritage which is very heartening in this day and age".  

The Q & A sessions were led by Project Director Christopher Heath on the first visit, and Paul Simons on the second.  Both also explained the process of Heritage Lottery-funded projects and outlined the proposed plans for the pools now 'signed off' after a successful Public Consultation process.  Trustee Sally Helvey presented a slide-show to both groups in the former 'Ladies Perpetual Shower Bath' building about the history of the Pools. 

After the first visit, post-graduate Rachel Fugate from Florida, observed:  "It was really interesting to see the Cleveland Pools and hear about the plans from both the Trust members and consultant. Their enthusiasm for the project, coupled with the uniqueness of the space's history, made a significant impression on all of us from the Open Palace Programme. We will all look forward to reading about the Pools' opening and their continuing legacy as part of the greater Bath history".

The second visit was led by Isabella Coraca, a Brazilian whose extensive archival and curatorial experience in major British institutions has led to a job as curatorial assistant in Kensington Palace.  She forwarded this feedback from one of her group:   "Really appreciated having Paul to talk to about the Heritage Lottery fund process, providing us with a good overall idea of the system and how it works here in the UK. Also enjoyed seeing a community project in action, and hearing about the history of this community in connection to the pool. Given the plans we saw, it'll be very interesting to see how the project evolves and (some of us) will hopefully come back in the future to experience the pool in use."

PUPILS AT THE POOLS - 26th May 2016 - Over 200 people supported Year 4&5 pupils from Bathwick St Mary Primary School. 60 pupils gave two performances of a play specially devised by Petra Schofield of Magic Penny Productions. Organiser Rosie Meachin, and Jo Bradley, Deputy Head of the Bathwick school, helped to ensure a smooth running of the event, with the children behaving impeccably. Volunteers David Hallett and Beata Cosgrove - - filmed and photographed the event.  

MAJOR DONATION - Thursday 19 May 2016 - Family gives £100k 'out of the blue' for Cleveland Pools - as reported by the Bath Chronicle. The trust has now received a huge boost from a local family, who wish to remain anonymous, of £100,000 towards the appeal. The family said: "We are very excited about helping the trust make this historic facility available to the public again. "This project combines so many things that our family enjoy - outdoor swimming, social history, architectural heritage, and the city of Bath."  

WORLD HERITAGE DAY – Sunday 17 April 2016 
We had a steady flow of interested customers visiting our stall at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. Organiser Helen Daniels from B&NES Council summed up the day’s proceedings perfectly by telling the stall-holders afterwards"There is great interest in your projects and you gave us the chance to show Bath World Heritage Site is not all about the past, but very much about the future.  We hope the event proved useful for consultation and spreading the word about the work you are doing".  

Industrial Heritage Exhibition at Twerton FC on Saturday 9 April 2016 - At the Pools' display stand visitor Jane Fletcher, mother to four of the Fletchers in the two photos dated 1978 on the foam-board she's holding. The children (now in their 40s) attended a re-enactment photograph at the Pools shown in the Bath Chronicle in April 2015.   

March 2016 - Archaeology at the Pools – Investigations to establish evidence of a Ladies Plunge Pool, a bath built just for women in 1817, have been completed in the Ladies Perpetual Shower Bath building. Work was carried out by Brian Gibbons and Matthew O'Donovan from Cliveden Conservation, and Peter Davenport from Cotswold Archaeology. A small undamaged ginger beer jar (or possibly an ink well) and part of a child's alphabet mug were found. 

March 2016 - John Dagger (seated) and partner Jenny Godwin visit the pools to explain its former operation. John taught swimming at the pools for many years, and he and Jenny ran them as a Trout Farm in the 80s and 90s.

l to r: Duncan Hill from Southstoke Structures, John, Jenny, architect Peter Carey from Donald Insall Associates, and trustee Ainslie Ensom

BRISTOL & BATH ART WEEKENDER - 30th October to 1st November

Photographic artist Holly Davey's installation "Here Is Where We Meet" was a carefully prepared audio work which ran for three afternoons at the Cleveland Pools as part of the Bristol & Bath Art Weekender incorporated into Heritage Open Week. The Arts Council of England (ACE)'s new Chief Executive Darren Henley visited the Pools on the first day and was very impressed by the site and what it could potentially offer local arts groups in future.

Around 140 people turned up over the whole event......Visitors could wander around the site or sit in a deck-chair to listen to the curious recordings and soak up the atmosphere. The sounds, which emanated from the old cottage, were made up of noises, voices and recordings from a bygone era.  Holly, who lives and works in Cardiff, also lectures in art at the University of Wales. She is known for seeking out locations for her art which have a special heritage and social history.  She is here on the right in this group photo which includes our Chairman Ann Dunlop centre left.  Other names left to right are: Anika Deb (Fine Arts student at UWE), Pip Falkner Lee and Marion Billet (Bath Artist Studios), Lindsay Hughes (Associate Producer, Art Weekender), Julian Blades (Deputy Director, American Museum), Martin Pople (Project Manager, Destination Bristol), Jon Newey (Bath Artist Studios), Phil Gibby (South-West Area Director, ACE) & Sue Hughes (Relationship Manager, ACE).

With grateful thanks to Lindsay Hughes, and also to Mary Sabina Stacey - adviser to the Cleveland Pools and lead organiser for our Bicentenary Events - for making sure everything ran smoothly.   It's thanks to them that we had such important visitors........

For more photos of this event, look up the Past Event/Fundraising album in the 'Follow us in photos' gallery.  You can also visit Holly's website here: 


The Cleveland Pools were represented by marketing trustee Sally Helvey at the launch of 'Historic Pools of Britain' hosted by Fusion Lifestyle at Golden Lane Sport & Fitness, near the Barbican in London.  Founder Gill Wright has been campaigning to save the Victoria Bath in Manchester and came up with the idea of an alliance to provide a collective voice for indoor and outdoor pools which make a significant contribution to the social and architectural history of Great Britain.  Membership will provide a service enabling members to share advice, experience, best practice and insight. 

50 people attended the launch including guest speakers Dr Loyd Grossman, chairman of the Heritage Alliance, Professor Martin Polley from De Montfort University, and representatives from 20 historic pools around Britain. Ben Greener from the Heritage Lottery Fund came and showed his support and, thanks to GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) the attendees were able to see a fully restored Victorian pool at the Ironmonger's Bath nearby.  It is GLL who now run the Bath Sports & Leisure Centre.

Photos copyright Historic Pools of Britain. Left to right are:  Cliff Billings (Friends of Droitwich Spa), Loyd Grossman (Chairman, Heritage Alliance), Gill Wright (Founder of Historic Pools of Britain), Sally Helvey (Cleveland Pools), Ruth Thompson (Brockwell Lido), Joan Hewitt (City Pool, Newcastle), Professor Martin Polley (Director of Intn’l Centre for Sports History & Culture at DMU), Martyn Willcock (Haslingden Baths), and Tim Kirkham (Droitwich Lido)


Another lovely turn-out was enjoyed by the trustees and volunteers at the Cleveland Pools when they opened their doors to the public for the annual Heritage Open Days. Many of the visitors were former swimmers of the Pools and were happy to share their stories from the past. People were free to explore and also to chat to our newly-appointed Design Team who came along to answer questions about how they are going to develop plans for the Pools' restoration. Visitors stepped down into the empty children's pool to learn more about the site's 200 year history, and to peruse the selection of merchandise on offer, including the increasingly popular 'Diving Lady' poster designed by Catherine Phelps who came along in person to man her Peep-hole board. Tea and cake were particularly appreciated by those who had come on foot, or by bike, from various locations around Bath.

Trustee Ina Harris was the organiser this year, and our chair Ann Dunlop sold raffle tickets on all three days for the Charities Fair in November where we will have a stall (see Upcoming Events).
The final highlight was a visit on the Sunday by James Arnott and his 'Hampshire Regency Dancers', all in Bath for the annual Jane Austen Festival.  James intends to run his own event at the Pools in 2016.

See all the photographs in our photo gallery here:


The Cleveland Pools Trust this week announced the formation of the core Design Team to take forward the plans and proposals for the exciting revival of open air swimming in Bath’s unique Georgian outdoor pools. The first meeting took place on Monday with Donald Insall Architects who will lead the Design Team supported by Project Managers Provelio, Structural Engineers South Stoke Structures, Quantity Surveys Edmond Shipway with Mechanical and Electrical engineers Hydrock. Each of these specialists has a vital role to play in the development of the Trust’s vision for the future of the Cleveland Pools and the Trust is pleased that all of these companies are based locally; 3 in Bath and 2 from Bristol.

This team will now develop the proposals to a full costed plan to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund next spring and will also produce a detailed scheme to submit to B&NES and historic England for planning and listed building consents. A contract for the works will be let late in 2016 for completion in late 2017 or early 2018.

Standing are:  David Barnes, Donald Insall Architects; Will Marshall, Hydrock: Mechanical & Electrical Engineers; Howard Parke, Edmond Shipway, Quantity Surveyor and Neill Dowsett, Edmond Shipway, Quantity Surveyor.  Seated are:  Chris Fagg, Provelio, Project Managers; Ainslie Ensom, Cleveland Pools trustee; Tara Fraser, South Stoke Structures, Structural Engineers; and Paul Simons, Cleveland Pools Trustee. Text by Paul Simons. Photo copyright Artur Lesniak/BathChronicle. 



Dick Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Bath Building Society allocated awards in cash or balloon ride vouchers to 12 worthy charities in Bath and surrounding areas.

For this annual event, representatives from the chosen charities are invited into the Mayor's Parlour at the Guildhall to enjoy refreshments before the awards are given out.  Cleveland Pools chair Ann Dunlop was there on behalf of the Bath Toy Library so trustee Sally Helvey picked up the award on her behalf telling the assembled crowd that Ann didn't want to appear greedy!  

Mayor Will Sandry welcomed everyone with a short speech and stood with Dick Jenkins so that photographs could be taken of them with each prize-winner.

The Cleveland Pools were given two individual balloon ride vouchers which they will put to good use by raising further funds in an Auction of Promises.

A great day was had by all for our 200th birthday party. The weather was on our side and we clicked in over 400 people throughout the day. We met families who had never been before, and former swimmers who got waves of nostalgia as they stood in the spots where they once swam - or nearly drowned!!  Their photos and stories will go in our 'Tales from the Pools' album on the website.  Huge thanks go to organisers Rosie Meachin and Mary Sabina Stacey, and to Petra Schofield for organising the St Benedict's Primary School children to perform her specially-written play called "Our Trip to the Pools". John Wright and the Bath Spa Band opened the event in style. For more info and photos, click here:…/2015-PARTY-AT-THE-POOLS-…        Photographs the copyright of: 


Bag manufacturer, The Paper Bag Company, based in Northacre Industrial Estate, Westbury in Wiltshire, has generously donated some natural cotton bags, complete with two colour printing on the front and Heritage Lottery Fund logo on the back, to the Cleveland Pools project. The artwork on the front of the bag is based on the new logo that was designed last year for Cleveland Pools by Mr B & Friends in Bath, and is complete with the Cleveland Pools website address beneath.   Thank you to Managing Director, Jon Marling and the team at the Paper Bag Company for their support with the supply of these bags. The Paper Bag Company are delighted to be involved and to offer their support to this stunning regeneration project in the heart of the South West.


Joy Roberts of the Corps of Mayor's Guides arranged a visit to the Cleveland Pools through our chair Ann Dunlop and marketing trustee Sally Helvey.

Joy, and the chair of the Mayor's Guides Anne Twitchett, came with 21 of the guides for a social evening at the Pools which included a show-round of the site and Cottage building, plus a slide-show presentation by Sally which brought everyone up to date on the project.  Many of the guides have never seen the Pools so they were glad to learn a little more about the 200 year old open-air swimming pool right on their doorstep.

The weather was warm and sunny, and Joy brought along a 'bicentenary cake' for Ann Dunlop to cut and distribute, which was a lovely gesture.  Unfortunately the Mayor herself, Cllr Cherry Beath, was unable to attend due to this day being the very busy hand-over day for the in-coming Mayor, Cllr William Sandry.  

For more photos, see our Past Events album in the Photo Gallery, here:


The Cleveland Pools Trust has now secured a sponsorship agreement with Luke Brady at Savills in Bath.  We are pleased to have the Savills name behind us in our push to reach our overall fundraising target of £410,000 by July 2016.  Luke visited the site with our chair Ann Dunlop last month to have a look around and was quite amazed how tucked away it is by the river in Bathwick, and yet so close to the city centre.  We'd like to thank Luke, and also Tony Perry, Matt Pegler and Kate Lloyd Williams at Savills for their interest and support.  Another thank you to Bath's own Mick Ringham too, for making the approach to Savills on our behalf.


After sending out a number of application letters to various charitable funders in order to meet our targets for the match-funding element of our Heritage Lottery grant, we were delighted to receive a £10,000 cheque from the H B Allen Charitable Trust in Hampshire.  

This Trust allocates grants for charities who fall under the following categories: Environment, Wildlife, Animals, Medical conditions/ research, Hospitals and Museums, and Heritage buildings.

We would like to extend an huge thank you to Mr P B Shone and all the trustees at H B Allen for their support. 

If you wish to find out more about this Trust and how they operate, look up their website here:  


A lovely sunny day was had by all as Mayors and delegates from 30 Spa regions in Western Europe - visiting Bath for one day for the General Assembly of the European Historical Thermal Towns Association - are shown the Cleveland Pools by trustee Paul Simons.  Paul is the Vice-President of the European Spas Association and spends a lot of time forging bonds with our counter-parts in Europe.

Along with our own Bath Mayor, Cllr Cherry Beath, the Mayors and delegates were all treated to lunch at the Wessex Water Headquarters on Claverton Down, courtesy of Chief Executive Colin Skellett, after visiting other historic sites in Bath.

We hope to have some more photos but meanwhile click on this link for Richard Wyatt's report on the proceedings which include interviews with Paul, and our Project Director Christopher Heath:


The Cleveland Pools gets a free mention and photograph in The Bath China Guide 2015 thanks to Sean Thompson at Thompson Media Partners and Chris Johnson the Editorial Director and Publisher at Rhubarb Fool Content Creative. 


• The number of Chinese Visitors to the UK in 2014 was an estimated 332,000 – (source: Visit Britain).
• Visitor numbers from China are estimated to increase by 40% in 2015 due to changes to the visa restrictions put in place in April by the UK government – (source: Visit Britain).
• Chinese tour groups visit the following cities whilst in the UK:  London, Cambridge, Stratford Upon Avon, Bath, Oxford (Bicester Village), York, Manchester, Edinburgh and The Highlands
• Overseas visitors from China spend on average £400 per day whilst in the UK, compared to £93 per day from visitors from North American – (source: Visit Britain and Global Blue).


1. First & Business class on Inbound Airlines from Asia (China Southern, China Easter & Korean Air)
2. Visit Britain’s Visa Centres in Shanghai and Beijing (picture of guides in Beijing centre attached)
3. Airport Arrival Lounges – Heathrow, London, Stansted.
4. Given to tour members on GEG Travels UK coach tours  
5. Language schools
6. Local Hotels
7. Tourist Information Centre’s
8. Bicester Village visitor Centre
9. As a free App on the App Store China


We're delighted to report that we have our 'Permission to Start' from the Heritage Lottery Fund which has allowed us to appoint a Project Director to steer us through the development stages of the Cleveland Pools project.

Christopher Heath lives in Long Ashton in Bristol and comes to us with the perfect credentials - with experience in heritage, conservation and project managing - to take us on the next phase of the journey to full restoration of the Cleveland Pools.

Christopher will be based on site in time for the first of our Bicentenary Events, beginning on 4th March with a visit by mayors from various spa towns in Europe. 

Our chair Ann Dunlop and all the trustees would like to extend a warm Pools welcome to Christopher and look forward to working with him.


We had a chilly but dry day for our one-day stall at the famous Bath Christmas Market. It was a great success for our brand new Cleveland Pools merchandise, and also as a publicity exercise. 

Our Christmas cards, designed by former Pools swimmer/graphic artist Catherine Phelps sold out completely and her poster of 'Diving Lady' did very well.  Posters now available at Meltone Gallery in Powlett Road, Bathwick or The Framing Workshop in Walcot Street, but please pay cash and collect yourself as both shops are stocking them as a favour. Open Saturday mornings (Meltone only until 12.30pm).

If anyone wants a Christmas pudding, please contact Ann Dunlop on 01225 428697....2lb, 1lb & 4oz ones are available, plus gluten free ones in the 1lb size.  They won't be around long so don't delay!

For more photos, look here:


We now have £2,000 extra in the bank, sent out of the blue from Oxford by "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust", courtesy of trustee Michael Carey.  This is a charity that awards grants for archaeological, environmental, and other academic projects.

There were originally two Trusts, set up in 1936 by A. W. Lawrence, who was the sole beneficiary under the will of T. E. Lawrence (i.e. Lawrence of Arabia), and thus inherited the copyright of all his brother’s works. To the ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust’ he assigned the copyright in Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which was shortly afterwards given its first publication. To the ‘Letters and Symposium Trust’ he assigned the copyright in all his brother’s letters. The two Trusts were amalgamated in 1986.

And so our benefactor is, technically, the great legend himself.

We thank the trust wholeheartedly for their generous donation.


We had no less than 1,358 people visit the Pools over the three afternoons of the "HODs" - from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September.  The days were jam-packed with activity and we had various special guests from the Mayor Cllr Cherry Beath and legendary swimming instructor John Dagger, to Bath author Kirsten Elliot and her little Westie dog!, and the President of the Bath Dolphin Swimming Club, Dennis Toogood.  Dennis presented members of the Gray family with a print of their dad, Ron, who was the 1960s iconic 'Handstand Man' (champion diver).

^ Here is our chair Ann Dunlop posing for a photograph with the Jane Austen Festival promenaders who came for a stroll around the Pool on the last day.  

Ann wishes to thank all the volunteers who did such sterling work on the days themselves to help make it all such a huge success.


FIRST WEDDING AT THE POOLS !  -  23rd August 2014

We are so pleased to announce that we made history at the Cleveland Pools recently by hosting the first ever wedding in the two hundred years since it was built.  Richard Jones and Polly Cassidy tied the knot by the arch in front of the main pool whilst their 60 guests looked on. The weather held out, and here they are pictured in the Bath Chronicle. Ann Dunlop and all the trustees at the Cleveland Pools Trust would like to wish the new Mr and Mrs Jones all the very best for their future together.  Many congratulations to you both, and thank you for choosing the Cleveland Pools as your 'unique-but-quirky' venue!

For further details on hiring the Cleveland Pools for an event, please go to "Hiring the site as a venue' in our Photo Gallery.  More photos of the wedding day are in the Recent Events album......




Well, we did it!  We're absolutely over the moon that we have been awarded the money we need to get the Cleveland Pools firmly back on the Bath map: a development grant of £366,200 with earmarked funding of £4.1m. Huge thanks go to the Prince's Regeneration Trust for their expert advice and support in helping make this happen.

Now the work really begins for myself and the other trustees – Roger, Ainslie, Ina, Sally, Tom and Paul – along with our principal adviser Mary Sabina Stacey, who is heading up our bicentenary plans for next year. Two people who can't be forgotten – recently retired trustees Janice Dreisbach and Linda Watts – also played a huge part in the long-running campaign to restore the Cleveland Pools and are both still keeping their hands in.

The trustees and many other helpers are all unpaid volunteers and this is testament to the passion and unerring dedication they have shown in wanting to bring the Cleveland Pools back to life. We've recently discovered some amazing history about the characters and events which have taken place over its long history and – along with its unique architecture, the tranquil setting and the soon-to-be-reinstated river pontoon allowing people to arrive by boat – we at last feel we're on to an all-round winner. The HLF grant is, of course, the icing on the cake and we feel so proud that they have finally put their faith in us. 

As the news reaches the wider media we urge you to talk, tweet and write about it to everyone you know and spread the news further afield. We cannot be complacent about what happens next and we shall begin straight away to activate our working groups and to approach businesses, foundations and philanthropists for sponsorship so that we can get stuck into the development stage. We will be interviewing for a Project Director in September to get the ball rolling on governance during this process.

We all hope you will continue your support in whatever way you can so that we finally realise the dream of bringing open-air swimming back to everyone in Bath and beyond.

With all best wishes,

Ann Dunlop

Chair, Cleveland Pools Trust



A weekly walking tour to the Cleveland Pools is now underway, offering a brand new insight into the history of the Pools. The circular route which starts at Abbey Green at 11am every Tuesday - returning in just under two hours - is being supported by Bath Tourism Plus.         The tours are on their website, and the Bath App, under Attractions>> Historic Sites. Jane Warren, the Visitor Services Operations Manager at the Bath Visitor Centre, has this to say about the tour:  

"A fascinating insight to a secret bygone time, filled with evocative atmosphere and backed up with intriguing stories delivered by our experienced guide Sally. A must see site!"

If you would like to bring your visiting friends, or family, on this walking tour, please contact the Bath Visitor Centre direct to purchase a ticket.  It won't break the bank at £6 per head, and all proceeds go directly to the Cleveland Pools campaign. 

Our guide is trustee Sally Helvey who already runs her own private tours - "BATHwithSally/City.Secrets" - so do reward her with a 'Like' on her Facebook page.  She would love that !


A metal plaque was retrieved from the back of the cottage building whilst clearing some of the brambles this month.  Made of metal, it could well be the original 1815 'Firemark' formerly fixed to the building to prove it was insured for fire. 

Firemarks came about as a result of the Great Fire of London in 1666 when hundreds of buildings were burnt to the ground and people had no right to compensation for losing their homes and trading houses. 

The plaques often incorporated a number to link them to a specific insurance office who sent their own fire officers to tackle a fire.  This was before city fire stations became established. 

For more information on Firemarks, which you can see on many Georgian buildings around Bath, look up: and you will spot another for Bath, showing its coat of arms.

We shall be putting items like this on display for Heritage Open Days at the Cleveland Pools on the weekend of 12th, 13th and 14th September, so please put the dates in your diary !


TREE SURGERY ON THE RIVERBANK - Wednesday 28th May 2014

At long last the trees on the Cleveland Pools riverbank have had the attention they need and we now have enough space for the Pulteney Cruise boats to stop.

Adam Young and his co-workers from Greenman Environmental Services teamed up with Mark Herbert (< < pictured here) and lads from the Parks Department at B&NES and spent two days at the riverside 'operating' on the overgrown trees and their dead branches.

This work is going to make a huge difference to the access to the site which is limited due to residents parking in all the nearby streets.

We can now fundraise for a landing stage and gateway into the Cleveland Pools so that people can enjoy the double-whammy of a boat ride and a look-see whilst they wait for the pools themselves to be fully restored for swimming once again.  If we are successful in attaining Heritage Lottery funding this summer, then we will be able to start work in the autumn.

FIRST SCHOOL VISIT TO THE POOLS - Wednesday 7th May 2014

A group of pupils from St Mark's secondary school in Larkhall were the first non-swimming school visit ever to take place at the 200 year old Georgian Lido in Bathwick.  The visit was organised through teacher Bridget Lyons, Head of Drama, who is spear-heading the new Enrichment Programme for Year 7s:  a different outing is arranged each week to increase their knowledge and awareness of places of historical and cultural interest in Bath.

Whilst the 30 pupils and 4 teachers enjoyed their picnic lunches, they listened to a talk about the intriguing characters and events at the outdoor 'Baths', including those of a Victorian proprietor called 'Captain Evans' who lived there during the 1860s and taught swimming for 25 years.  The pupils then split into 3 groups for tasks and activities rotating between gardening, drawing, creative writing and making origami boats and lilies (look in our RECENT EVENTS album in the Photo Gallery for more photos).


Other schools are now being approached in the hope that they will also send pupils to the Cleveland Pools for some learning in this unique outdoor environment.  Organiser Sally Helvey says:  "It was very telling that not one of the 30 children from St Mark's had heard of the Pools, so we need to do more to rally support from local schools.  After all, it is the children of Bath who are the future of the Cleveland Pools".

The Trust is waiting to learn whether their £2.4m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been successful this summer. The money will see this hidden heritage asset fully restored for swimming in time for the bicentenary celebrations in July 2015.  Meanwhile, various events take place at the Pools...the most exciting of which is a private little wedding ceremony booked for August.  The latter is a real publicity coup for the campaign as no-one has EVER been married at the Cleveland Pools.


No-one dares start celebrating quite yet but the Cleveland Pools trustees had an excuse to raise a glass to the posting of all the documents for their bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund this week, and have two brand new trustees to help them continue moving forward..........

Tom Boden, Head of Museums in Bath, and Paul Simons, Vice-President of the European Spas Association, will certainly be instrumental in keeping up the momentum which has been building in the past few months.

In this photo, standing (L to R):  Roger Houghton, Ainslie Ensom (who hosted the gathering), Paul Simons, Tom Boden, and chair Ann Dunlop.  

Seated (L to R) are:  Ina Harris, Sally Helvey and Linda Watts.

Huge thanks are extended to QS Alan Francis who donated a huge chunk of time effort in re-modelling the Business Case, but was not able to attend the get-together.

The mammoth Business Plan, which was still being edited right up until the last day, was finished off with a selection of visuals.  A copy of these will be available for all to view at future events, the next being World Heritage Day on Sunday 13th April where the trustees will have a stall in Sydney Gardens from 12pm til 4pm.  Their new branding ideas will be on display and they will be doing escorted walks to the Pools for those who are unfamiliar with the site. 

Meanwhile, do read more about Tom and Paul in the 'Meet the Team' album in the Photo Gallery.



Steve Richardson, the Creative Director at Mr B & Friends in Bath, has been working hard on producing a selection of new imagery and a logo for the trust which is all part of the re-branding programme for the Pools.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Steve for volunteering his time and effort on this, not least 'wow-ing' us with his interpretations of the new-look Cleveland Pools when our marketing working group met earlier this month.  

We shall be officially launching the logo when the re-vamping of our website is complete, and this should in time for Easter.

Watch this space ! 

See what else Steve and his team do here:


It was with great delight that we discovered Don Foster, MP, had sent this letter of support direct to the Heritage Lottery Fund just as we are finalising our Business Plan.  

Our application to attain the much-needed funds to fully restore the Cleveland Pools is going in at the beginning of April, and we face an agonising wait of about three months before finding out if we are successful.  

Read the letter close-up in the 'Encouraging Quotes & Letters' album here: 

You will find many other heartening comments and letters which are really helping to give the campaign clout, and needless to say we are not letting the grass grow under our feet and will be making full use of the site this summer for various activities.  Find out what we're up to in 'Most recent photographs':

WE'RE IN THE CHRONICLE AGAIN! - 27th February 2014

Bath Council has made a promise to contribute £200,000 to the campaign in its latest budget proposals.  Thanks in particular to Chairman, Cllr Neil Butters, and councillors Lisa Brett and Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE, who have been tirelessly championing the cause for the Cleveland Pools in the past few months, we have finally received the news we've been waiting for.  

The Cleveland Pools trustees will be able to use this pledge in their application to the Heritage Lottery Fund from whom they hope to get the bulk of funding in July.  Read the whole article in our PRESS CUTTINGS album......

This beautiful symmetrical photograph of the Pools was taken by volunteer Wendy Morray-Jones who is moving to Devon this spring.  The trust would like to thank her for doing such sterling work on site at the Pools in the past year.


We're proud to announce that Ann Dunlop, our Chair at the Cleveland Pools Trust has been recognised once again for her services to the community as a Volunteer Leader.  This time she has been nominated by Councillor Lisa Brett.

Ann was previously nominated in 2011/2012 around the time we were preparing for our first application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to have the Pools restored.  On this occasion, Ann was presented with her certificate by Chairman and Councillor Neil Butters who is very supportive of our cause.


The following article was written by Laura Tremelling of the Bath Chronicle:

< <  Dec, Matt & Fin pose for Chronicle photographer Lloyd Ellington. 


152 year-old swimming medal returned to Bath

More than 150 years after it was won a silver swimming medal has been returned to the Cleveland Pools.  The medal was awarded in 1862 to 16-year-old Brodrick S Warner, and was returned to the Cleveland Pools Trust after the owner saw a television programme on the restoration project.  

It was made specially for a swimming presentation and was handcrafted by J & J Williams from Bristol.  The medal was presented by Mr W Evans, who was an eccentric Victorian swimming instructor and caretaker of the pools.

He liked to be called Captain Evans, and was reported to attract large crowds by enacting daring feats.

At the time The Bath Chronicle reported on one such feat, saying: “Amongst other eccentricities, Mr Evans would have himself hoisted up to 100ft above the pool to dive into 7ft of water, wearing a tall hat to protect his head.”

The Cleveland Pools trustees are now looking at how this important find can help towards the restoration costs.

This spring they will find out if they have been successful with their bid to secure Heritage Lottery funding.

Trustee Ina Harris said: “It is no doubt due to the recent publicity that the medal has been brought to our attention and we want to make even more people aware of the existence of the pools so that we can raise the funds needed to open it as a venue again.

“Our aim is to have the Pools firmly put back on the Bath map.”.

Three teenagers from St Gregory’s Catholic College are the latest to show their support for the pools.

Declan O'Donoghue, 14, Finbar Donovan-Murphy, 15, and Matthew Osborne, 14, are helping out at the pools as part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Nicknamed The Lido Lads they have been helping with physical work at the site, including clearing debris and litter picking.

They also ran a fun day last year to telling people about the pools.  Declan said: “I found out about the Cleveland pools because of my ambition to obtain my Duke of Edinburgh award.

“However I have since found an interest in the pools personally as I would love to help in the restoration of the only open air Lido in Bath.

“We have helped to clear up around the pools, and organised a fun day to raise awareness.”

Finbar is a keen swimmer, and his mother and uncle both swam in the pools as youngsters.”



Three Bath Spa Uni students have submitted the results of their placement findings to the Cleveland Pools trustees in Bath.  Robyn Hodgkiss, Georgina Baker and Sara Bird, all 3rd-year History students, are pictured here handing over the 70-page document to Ina Harris who is in charge of fund-raising. The girls were asked to research and collate information on other Lidos throughout the country in order for the Trust to submit the findings to the Heritage Lottery Fund next April when applying for a grant.

Linda Watts, who set the girls the work, was very impressed and grateful for the amount of effort they have put into the document.  She says "It became immediately clear that they have left no stone unturned in their quest for information".  

Having worked closely as a team, the girls have produced a very thorough and concise factual record, including related summaries, recommendations and conclusions to their findings which will undoubtedly help the Cleveland Pools campaign move forward. 

Amongst their results are obvious things like the need for parking, and subscription costs, but less obvious requirements like providing tea and biscuits for mums attending children's events, can now also be considered for inclusion in the Business Plan.  The girls remarked how children's parties are the biggest draw for the majority of open-air swimming venues, and this vital piece of information could now shift our own focus a little.

A big thank you to Robyn, Georgina and Sara for all their hard work over the past few months - you have saved the already-stretched Cleveland Pools campaigners a huge amount of extra work.


The presenter Jules Hudson, who has a regular slot on 'Country File', has just done a fantastic job on our behalf highlighting the plight of the Cleveland Pools in a programme which is part of the series called "RESTORING ENGLAND'S HERITAGE".   The film crew did an amazing job - in the rain! - with Jules interviewing the Princes Regeneration Trust's Chief Executive Ros Kerslake, plus our Chairman Ann Dunlop. Missed it?  See it here on BBC i-Player!

We would like to thank Ben White at for instigating this for us.   


During the recent Heritage Open Week/half-term, Finbar Murphy, Declan O'Donoghue and Matthew Osborne from St Gregory's ran their first event as volunteers for the campaign. The boys are doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and will be with us until June 2014......and hopefully beyond!

Thanks to their hard work distributing flyers to schools, and using social media, 84 people came along to visit the Pools and join in the activities - quite a coup considering the forecast was rain.  A huge thanks to Declan's mum Wai and sisters Niamh & Bridget for their sterling support before and on the day.

See what we got up to in our RECENT EVENTS album in the Photo Gallery, plus this report by Richard Wyatt:        

You can also watch Fin and Dec being interviewed by Richard in the lead up to the event:

NB:  If you would like to hold your own a low-key daytime event at the Pools with all its 'Shabby Chic' charm!, please contact us via the Information page. 

WE HAVE THE KEY TO THE DOOR AT LAST !    (7th October 2013)

Cleveland Pools Trust chair Ann Dunlop tries the key to door of the cottage building at the Cleveland Pools.......Having now signed a 'Tenancy at Will Agreement' with the council, the trustees have greater flexibility when arranging site visits and have permission to hold their own small events.  

Others can take advantage of using the site too, from theatre workshops to canoe polo practise in the main pool ~ we are open to offers.  School visits will soon be high on the agenda and will add an educational angle offering children an historical-but-fun glimpse into this amazing Georgian Lido's 200 year old past.  

We hope to have a steady flow of children visiting the Pools in the lead up to the bicentenary in 2015 and they'll see for themselves that the Cleveland Pools not only had an amazing past, but also have a very rosy future.

Of course we have to continue with our appeal to the public, and the HLF, to help put this valuable little community asset firmly back on Bath's map.  It is an important part of Bath's heritage and must remain that way.

Yes! ..... it will be your children, and their children's children, who are the future of the Pools ! 


We are pleased to announce that Martin Tracy of the Framing Workshop in Walcot Street has agreed to fund our Green Travel Plan for the Cleveland Pools.  Martin has a high level business profile in the city due to his success in bringing together the business community for the common good.

The travel plan itself will act as a management tool to minimise the negative impact of travel and transport on the environment - an issue which is always of great concern to Bath residents and businesses.  It should also greatly enhance our chances of attaining Heritage Lottery funding next year as one of the key objectives is to re-instate the river access.  

Boat trips to and from the Pools were once a regular occurrence and the existing infrastructure will make light work of the journey into the heart of town.  Thousands of people a year still take boat trips in Bath - passing the Pools along the way - from Pulteney Weir to Bathampton Weir, so we're entering discussions with Sarah Hardick at the Bath Boating Station in Bathwick to see what ideas emerge. Naturally the aim for both parties will be to have as little impact on the existing river environment as possible.


 << Click on Photo Gallery/Press Cuttings about Martin sponsoring us and a category for the Chronicle Business Awards 2013.  The winners for this will be announced at a ceremony on 26th September.  For more details of this, go to:



A big thank you to all those who visited the Cleveland Pools for the Heritage Open Days recently. Over the three days we welcomed Don Foster, Sharron Davies, John Dagger, The Mayor, 7 local Firefighters, and 8 beautifully dressed Georgians from the Jane Austen Festival !

<<  This is Emily Romero Shaw, 13, with two Japanese-style hats which she made during the Origami session on the Saturday.  Emily came along to the Cleveland Pools with her mother and brother at the last minute, leaving her father and his friends to watch the rugby.

We have lots of other photographs of this event in the 'Heritage Open Days' album here on our website, so please feel free to click on to the Photo gallery (left) and have a look.........



Well, a little bit of patience pays off.....

After a whole week of 'duty' at the Bath Library in August where we had a display for the public, the Chronicle's deputy editor Paul Wiltshire has given us a well-deserved slot in the paper this week to mark the occasion. 

Trustee Ina Harris, who organised the event, managed to accumulate a grand total of 94 swimming-related pictures which are now uploaded into the RECENT EVENTS album in our Photo Gallery, here on the website, along with a few other photographs of the event.

See our new PRESS CUTTINGS album in the Photo Gallery (left) for more articles......old and new.


Check out this great article in The Guardian newspaper:


Thanks to our PR lady Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst, Sarah Ford (Assistant Editor) and David Jenkins came to our Business Launch at the Bath Spa Hotel in July, and this has resulted in an article about the Pools in the September issue of Somerset Life.  We hope you will go out and buy a copy! 



COMMUNITY LAUNCH - A date is yet to be set but the plan is to invite as many local residents and businesses along to the Pools as possible, with a view to enhancing our chances of firmly putting the 200yr old Lido back on the Bath map.  So much support is needed to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy swimming outdoors once again.  Please keep looking to find out more.  


Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies was interviewed for local television at the Pools today, and later attended our Business Launch at the Bath Spa Hotel. She spoke to a crowd of 60 invited guests, many of whom are potential sponsors for the campaign. More details, and photographs, are available in our Photo Gallery under RECENT EVENTS, and in the Chronicle here: Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies backs £3m bid to transform Cleveland Pools in Bathwick.

Here are the links to the news coverage (Points West/ITV News) which have helped spread awareness more publicly: 

JOHN DAGGER VISIT - Friday 12th July 2013

A surprise visit by John Dagger and his partner Jenny Godwin delighted all the volunteer weeders at the Pools this week.....  John and Jenny brought along an album of photos showing how the garden looked when John helped her run the Pools' site as a Trout Farm for a few years in the twenty years she lived there (1984 to 2004).

For many years, John Dagger taught children of Bath how to swim.  He later became the Pool Manager at the Beau Street Baths, then the Superintendent of the pool at the Bath Sports & Leisure Centre.

John started out teaching at the Cleveland Pools when the Bath Dolphin Swimming Club was run from there, and he was able to point out the area on the riverbank where they had a diving board and a ladder for getting out of the water.

John and Jenny now live near Westbury, but we plan to invite them both to our Community Launch in September so that they can re-connect with some of the local residents whom John once taught to swim.  He is one of Bath's very own living legends and the Cleveland Pools Trust are pleased to have made contact after all these years.    

RICHARD WYATT  - Monday 8th July 2013

Former HTV News anchorman/BBC Radio Bristol presenter Richard Wyatt has agreed to take part in our Community Launch event for the Pools later in the summer. 

An affable and recognisable figure around Bath, Richard has a huge interest in everything current that is happening in the city and beyond, and has created his own website called the 'Virtual Museum of Bath'.  This thoroughly entertaining and comprehensive tool is a welcome choice for local people to use as a point of reference, and he encourages anyone and everyone to log on and contribute. 

Living just the other side of the river, in Larkhall, Richard has taken an interest in the campaign to bring the Pools back to their former glory in time for the bicentenary in 2015.  We are delighted to have his support.

Check out the video report, he recently prepared for his website, on the link here:


Ina Harris and Sally Helvey attended the informal consultation session at the former MOD Warminster Road site in Bath at the weekend.  The 17-acre site has been bought by a consortium comprising Square Bay (Bath), Firmstone Developments and Edward Ware Homes.  All the representatives approached took a keen interest in the Pools and led us to hope that it could be mutually beneficial if they support our campaign to re-open them.  It was a positive visit which will at least enable us to have further discussions.  B&NES Council’s blueprint for the site envisages up to 100 homes as well as provision for 210 new primary school places so, as far as the Pools are concerned, any number of extra residents in the area will enhance the potential for future swimmers.

BATH CITY CONFERENCE - Wednesday 1st May 2013

We occupied a table at the Guildhall to join in this forum where local people, organisations, charities and businesses got together to debate, share ideas and champion their causes. We met former swimmers of the Pools who expressed support for our initiative and the photos were enjoyed by all. Ann Dunlop (left), Sally Helvey and Linda Watts were on duty with Roger Houghton there to check on related ventures such as the newly-formed River Regeneration Trust. Follow this link for more photos of the event and do browse our own photo gallery for more on this and other recent activities.

THEATRE ROYAL WORKSHOP - Saturday 27th April 2013

A 'Site Specific' adult theatre workshop took place at the Pools recently, with nearly a dozen attending.  The Theatre hired out the site which they found to be the perfect venue for this 'Engage' event, the idea being to 'take the play out of the theatre' and into the community - a concept which is growing in popularity with theatres across the country. We shall be encouraging other dramatic societies, and schools, in the local area to do similar things to help bring in a little extra revenue for the Pools before we open them to the public for swimming once again.  Six Theatre staff attended, along with the Trust's Ann Dunlop and her volunteers to help supervise proceedings.  

There was also a Life Guard on standby in case any of these enthusiastic participants fell in!


PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE AIR! - Saturday 20th April 2013

One of our members, Sally Helvey, fulfilled a life-long ambition to see Bath from a helicopter.  Her co-passengers took some fantastic photos on her behalf and after a short exchange of words, Sally discovered that two of them had also swam in the Pools as children.  An incredible co-incidence.  See the Aerial Photos album in the Photo gallery.