Reflections on the Summer of 2022

2022…What a year! A year of extreme fun, extreme weather and extreme sadness.

At the end of this wonderful summer season, we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our Queen, HM Queen Elizabeth II. Friends of the Lido would like to extend their condolences to the Royal family and wish our new Monarch, HM King Charles III, a long and successful Reign. 

The lido first opened at the very beginning of the reign of HM King George VI, in 1936 and has provided the people of Peterborough with summer fun, relaxation and exercise for 86 years.

This season opened under new management on April 2nd and a big thank you to those Friends of Peterborough Lido who helped with the preseason preparation and maintenance and continued to help throughout the season.

Despite the colder weather and even flurries of snow, with only brief moments of sunshine, swimmers turned out on that first day to enjoy the pleasantly warm Lido water.

2022, Opening morning the weather might be chilly but the waters warm.

As the year progressed the temperature soared to unprecedented extremes and people from far and wide made their way to Peterborough to enjoy a refreshing dip during the heatwave.

The British Naturist Society held well-attended evening swims 

This season there have been a variety of events: The Summer Solstice sunrise swim was the most well attended and successful to date. The Midsummer Magic fundraising event, to help raise the profile of the Lido in the business community, was enjoyed by all who attended and included the Fortissimo swing band playing music from the Clock tower balcony, the Mask Theatre performing a scene from Romeo and Juliet and students from the Youth Tech Academy performing a scene from Wind in the Willows. 

Many schools across Peterborough made use of the facilities and it was wonderful to see so many children enjoying the lido this year. There were also weekly aquafit sessions.

The cafe continued to flourish, serving full English breakfasts, hot and cold drinks, toast, sandwiches, bacon butties, chips, burgers, cakes, ice-creams and a selection of tasty snacks.

Finally, at the end of a fabulous season, after the lido closed to the public, we once again enjoyed one of the benefits of being a member of Friends of Peterborough Lido our post-season swim and the sun came out for this, our final swim. 

This was followed a week later by the very popular Doggie Swim which was once again fully booked and enjoyed by all who attended with their canine friends.

The Friends of Peterborough Lido would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the management, lifeguards, reception and café staff for another wonderful lido season and are already looking forward to 2023.

A snapshot of comments from swimmers during 2022

”Well done to the management and council for keeping the lido going in difficult times. The lido is a great place that helps put Peterborough in a really good light” MS


Such a wonderful Lido, thank you to all that help keeping this place so lovely every year” MB (Visiting from Bradford)


Such a beautiful morning to crown a wonderful season. Counting the days to springtime” TH


“Lovely last swim on the season, feel lucky to have this in our city” AS


Yes, lovely last swim Monday; bacon butty to finish, see you 2023. I’ve been swimming in lido since 1952 brrrr.. it was cold then but we were young and didn’t bother!!!” GJ


Brilliant Lido…love it” AR (visiting from Henley on Thames)


“I have enjoyed Peterborough Lido since learning to swim here as a child and am especially appreciating swimming here with my grandson this year. It’s fantastic to share the joy with grandchildren and to see schoolchildren coming, just as we did half a century ago” RR


Some images from the summer of 2022.

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