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The UK’s first geothermal heated lido is now open to bathers

At Jubilee Pool in Cornwall, sea water is naturally warmed to a balmy 35 degrees celsius

By
Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Summer might be on the way out in the UK, but, despite falling temperatures, there are zero reasons to pack away your swimming costume. Jubilee Pool in Penzance – a lido filled with seawater that sticks right out into the Cornish waves with views across to St Michael’s Mount – has just opened its much-anticipated ‘geo pool’, heated by geothermal energy.

The triangular, art deco lido is has been popular with locals and visitors in the summer months since it opened in the 1930s. Now it’s set to stay open all year round, thanks to a new section of the pool that is being naturally heated to a toasty 35C (95F).

Jubilee Pool thermal lido
Photograph: Salt & Sea Photography

Jubilee Pool is already the largest lido in the UK and now it can call itself the first geothermally-heated lido in the UK too, using warmth from underground hot water springs. According to a spokesperson for Geothermal Engineering Limited, this is one of the lowest-carbon, most sustainable forms of heating available.

Usually, the geo pool is big enough for 50 people, but its capacity is currently restricted to 15 per session, as a result of social distancing guidelines. 

Jubilee Pool thermal lido
Photograph: Salt & Sea Photography

The opening of the balmy pool marks the completion of a huge regeneration project, which also saw Jubilee Pool get new changing facilities and a new cafe. In future, the pool hopes to open up for packages like sunset ‘geothermal and fizz’ sessions and ‘geothermal and dine’ options, and spa treatments.

Jubilee Pool thermal lido
Photograph: Salt & Sea Photography

So it’s a warm, sensory experience that’s also good for the environment? That’s reason enough to jump right in at the deep end.

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