Outdoor swimming to make a splash in Parliament thanks to Pontypridd MP

The renowned success of Pontypridd’s Lido has inspired local MP and avid swimmer Owen Smith to establish a group in Parliament to raise the profile of lidos and outdoor swimming.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Outdoor Swimming will be a chance for MPs and members of the House of Lords to discuss the issues facing the country’s many lidos and outdoor swimming opportunities and the health, social and cultural benefits they can bring.

Speaking from Pontypridd Lido, Labour’s Owen Smith MP said:

“Ponty Lido was 90 years on 30 July and news of its preservation and renovation is known across the country.  I’m regularly asked by fellow MPs about how we were able to save this remarkable 1920s lido and bring it back into use.

“The National Lido of Wales, based here in Pontypridd, is a success story that has ignited the passions of swimmers from all corners of the United Kingdom and shows that the love for outdoor swimming is still very much alive.

“I’m a keen swimmer and regularly use our lido, that’s why I’m setting-up this group in Parliament so that MPs and member of the House of Lords can give a profile to this ever-popular pastime and learn from the wonderful Ponty Lido.”

Cllr. Ann Crimmings, RCT Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, added:

“I’m delighted that Owen is taking news of our success to Parliament and encouraging other communities across the UK to consider the benefits of outdoor swimming.

“We knew Lido Ponty was going to be a huge success when its restoration was finished, but it keeps going from strength to strength and we are so pleased to have welcomed over 40,000 visitors of all ages in the nine weeks it has been open so far this season.

“On a sunny day, a visit to Lido Ponty is like going to a Mediterranean resort, thanks to the exceptional and sympathetic restoration of the original 1920s Lido features.

“Even when the weather isn’t that great, you can still enjoy Lido Ponty as the three pools are heated to 28 degrees.”


Notes to Editors

Lido Ponty is open daily until Sunday, September 10, from 7.30am until 7.15pm.

The Grade II listed lido is the only one of its kind in Wales and is Wales’ premier outdoor pool attraction and adventure play park.

Lido Ponty is a result of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s £6.3m restoration project, made possible with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw.