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The Lido is 90!

Written by on 8th August 2017

Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, celebrates its 90th anniversary this weekend – and you can go along and join the biggest open-air pool party in South Wales!

Originally opened in 1927, Lido Ponty has undergone a major redevelopment in recent years, and is as popular today as it has ever been.

To mark the 90th anniversary, Fun Swim Sessions take place from 10.30am until 6pm on Saturday, August 12, followed by a Pool Party and Barbeque from 7.30pm until 9pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 per person so book online now to avoid disappointment as tickets will be limited due to space restrictions.

Swim sessions for the day are FREE for under-fives and £2.50 per person.

Each session throughout the day will last approx 90 minutes

A Little History

Ynysangharad War Memorial Park was officially opened on Monday, August 6, 1923.

Four years later, on Saturday, July 30, 1927, the Lido – a Grade II listed building – opened and quickly became the jewel in the crown of Pontypridd.

Having sadly closed in 1991, major restoration work was carried out at the site and Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, was proudly re-opened in 2015 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said:

“Our 90th anniversary celebrations at Lido Ponty are going to be something special, and I am sure spaces will fill up quickly.

“The National Lido of Wales is as popular today as it has ever been. This year alone, since opening at Easter until the end of July, we have already welcomed over 40,000 visitors.

“Lido Ponty is a great success story, celebrating our historic past and our future.”

The restoration of the Grade II-listed Lido facility in Pontypridd was made possible due to £3million funding from the European Regional Development Fund accessed through the Welsh Government, £2.3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and a £100,000 contribution from Cadw.