Heath swimming to start again (after a brief opening and then closing) on Saturday 18th July 2020.
Read the latest update here
We are pleased to be able to let you know that the Heath swimming facilities will begin a phased re-opening this weekend (11th July 2020) initially with just a couple of early morning one hour sessions at each location (increasing number of daily sessions over the coming days/weeks). Pond swims are restricted to adults only until further notice.
Mixed Pond swims are limited to 20 swimmers per session and there are only 165 swimming slots available per session in total across the three ponds and the Lido. This means demand will be very high (so get your goggles on quick)!.
ALL SWIMS MUST BE BOOKED ON LINE IN ADVANCE - NO SLOTS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR
Please read all the detailed instructions on the ticket website and if you have issues or comments then please email the City of London directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can view all the available swim slots from the link below and then select the location and session you want to book for.
BOOK A SWIM NOW
For now, bookings for each day will be open to the public for sale at noon of the day before the session. The release time is likely to change so keep an eye out for updates and more slots being available on the booking website.
Full details from the CoL can be found here too.
Note: You may see a"donations" option during the booking process. Due to the hugely increased prices being forced on swimmers the MPA do not believe donations should be requested on top of the entry fee. The new session costs are adequate to cover the costs of maintaining the ponds.
Good luck with getting a ticket, we are hopeful of more slots opening up soon.
We know you are probably itching to get back into the water as soon as possible and, despite much pre-planning work already undertaken for a possible opening in early July, the recent announcement by the Government means that unfortunately swimming facilities have to remain closed and DO NOT have permission to re-open in early July.
If you would like to know what you can do to "encourage" the Government to re-open swimming facilities then look at the list of actions proposed by Swim England. The more that take part in these actions the better!
ny possible re-opening, when it does finally happen, will be with limited numbers of swimmers. Swimmers will have to pay and pre-book online for a fixed 1 hour slot (MPA membership does not allow free swimming and Season Tickets are currently suspended).
We appreciate that some people may have limited online access and may be unable to make digital payments and that the approved new cost per swim (£4.00 with £2.40 for concessions) is a large amount for many swimmers and we are raising all these issues with the Heath management and City Of London.
As an association, we continue to push back on the new charging regime overall and we are in regular discussion with the other local swim groups and MPs are also getting involved. We are also doing our utmost to ensure the preservation the natural environment of the Mixed Pond during this time of change.
We hope to have more news in the coming weeks about the ongoing opening and will email members and our mailing list once we know.
If you want to be kept up-to-date and show your support for the Mixed Pond then please join the MPA (its only £3 per year).