This information has been provided by the City of London (up to date as of 4th May 2022).
From 30th May, Advance bookings will be required for swims at all the ponds between noon and 5pm. See below for the details.
This may be subject to change at short notice so do check the links below for the very latest information to be sure of being able to swim.
Swimming on the Heath this summer (how to book)
As temperatures start to rise we will be returning to a mixture of free-flow sessions (no advance booking required) and some sessions which must be booked in advance at the Bathing Ponds and the Parliament Hill Fields Lido. Please note - the Lido advance bookings will be in operation two weeks before the Ponds.
We hope that this mixture of free flow and pre-booked sessions will accommodate as many swimmers as possible with a safe and positive experience, without overcrowding the facilities.
From Monday 16 May, the schedule at the Lido (not ponds) will be:
07.00 - 10.00 Lane swimming - free flow - last entry 9.30am
10.30 -13.30 Open swimming - pre-book only
14.30 - 17.30 Open swimming - pre-book only
18.00 - 20:30* Lane swimming (adults only) - last entry 8pm
*No evening free flow session at the Lido on Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday.
From Monday 30 May, the schedule at the Bathing Ponds will be:
07.00 – 11.30 Free flow (last entry 11.00)
12.00 - 13.00 pre book
13.15 – 14.15 pre book
14.30 – 15.30 pre book
15.45 – 16.45 pre book
17.00 – 20.30 free flow (last entry 20.00) *
*Session time from 14 to 29 August 17.00 - 20.00 due to light.
Free flow sessions will not require an advance booking, but if the Ponds or Lido reach capacity, a one-in-one out queue, managed by the Stewards, will be necessary.
Pre-booked sessions can be booked online using the same booking platform we used last summer (Eventbrite).
Season ticket holders will be able to book a ‘free’ session but must bring their season ticket wristband to tap in on arrival. Non-season ticket holders will pay for their ticket on Eventbrite. The cost of a swimming session at the Ponds for those without a season ticket is £4.25 for an adult and £2.55 for a concession. We have also introduced a junior price of £1.30.
The price for the 3 hour session at the Lido is £7.45 for an adult and £4.45 for a concession. The junior price is £2.25.
Lido tickets for the week commencing 16 May will be released on Wednesday 11 May at 12 noon and thereafter every Monday at 12 noon for the week ahead (Tues-Mon).
Bathing Pond tickets for the week commencing 30 May will be released on Monday 23 May at 12 noon and thereafter every Monday at 12 noon for the week ahead (Tues-Mon).
Here is the link to book tickets: www.hampsteadheathswimming.eventbrite.co.uk
If your plans change and you need to cancel, you will be able to do this through your Eventbrite account. Please do cancel any bookings you won't be using as this will free up the space for someone else to swim. If you have paid for a session through Eventbrite you will receive a refund for any bookings cancelled more than 24 hours before the session starts - again this is done through your Eventbrite account.
There will be a swimming helpline (operating Monday-Friday from 9am to 12 noon) for those in need of assistance with booking or any other issues relating to swimming. The number to call is: 020 7332 3779
Questions can also be directed to HHfirstname.lastname@example.org
We also use our twitter feed to post messages about swimming on the Heath, please follow us @CityCorpHeath
For all other information on swimming on Hampstead Heath, including details on season tickets, please visit: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/hampsteadheathswimming