Essex Swimming Pools

As part of our Active Essex pages here’s a list of swimming pools open to the public in Essex. Happy swimming!


Basildon Sporting Village
As part of the Basildon Sports Village there is a training pool and a main swimming pool with lessons and activities programmed
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Braintree Swimming and Fitness
There is a 25m competition pool plus a training pool with a sloping beach effect, and a pirate ship.
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Brightlingsea Open Air Swimming Pool
Originally built in 1933 this lido facility is one of the few remaining outdoor swimming pools. There are two pools, one a 15m paddling pool, and the second a 50m main pool. Open from the end of May to mid September (do head over there to have a swim – ‘use it or lose it’ is very relevant to this lido which has had spells of being closed in recent years).
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Riverside Ice and Leisure
A range of swimming facilities including a 33m, six lane main pool and diving pit with 1m, 3m and 5m boards.
There is a separate 20m learner pool and an outdoor pool which is open during the summer months.
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Colchester Leisureworld
There are 3 pools at Leisure World. The Leisure Pool has a 13m flume, the Castaway Spa Pool, bubbles and jets in Palm Tree Springs, Crazy River with slides and waves, Shipwreck Water Cannons, the Seahorse Squirter, Tipping Buckets and a Water Curtain. The Fitness Pool is 25m long, and the Teaching Pool is for children and adults beginners
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Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles
A 25m swimming pool providing public sessions, swimming lessons, fun sessions, water aerobics and dedicated sessions for the 50+.
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Frinton and Walton

Frinton and Walton Swimming Pool
A 25m swimming pool with flume offering a variety of public and fun sessions together with specialised sessions such as water aerobics, 50+, ladies and adults only. Shallow water area for children providing an ideal environment for parent and under 5 sessions.
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Halstead Leisure Centre
There is a learner pool for children to experience the fun of being in the water The main pool has public swimming, plus lessons for all abilities.
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There is a 25m pool and a learner pool. Lots of activities and lessons for all ages and abilities take place, as well as casual swimming and fun sessions.
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Blackwater Leisure Centre
Fun for all the family. Whizz down the flume and land in the splash pool. There is a toddler pool, and you can relax on the jacuzzi rest ledge. There is a warm rock-pool for babies.
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Clements Hall Leisure Centre
The 25m main pool offers a full programme of activities throughout the week including casual swimming, aqua classes, Swim School, adult sessions and fun sessions. With a shallow and a deep end, the pool is accessible for young, old, able-bodied and disabled customers.
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