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Good News on Pool Opening Times

Good news! BETTER are able to open the Lido from 07.00 hours every day during the main season this year.

With a longer overall season starting on Good Friday April 2, we very much hope that swimmers will enjoy using the Lido this summer more than ever.

Bookings will be organised in the same way as last year.  Please look at the Better website for further information:

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Outdoor Swimming Webinar

Keri-anne Payne

Keri-anne Payne

Who’s excited about the return of #outdoorswimming?

Join us on 19th March as we speak to @KeriannePayne, Professor Greg Whyte OBE @gpwhyte , and @Outdoor_Swimmer Magazine founder, Simon Griffiths about all things outdoor swimming!

To register visit:

Many thanks and hopefully see you on poolside soon!

Daryl Emes
Cambridgeshire Partnership Manager

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More good pool news

Pool cleaning and removal of conifers

Pool cleaning and removal of conifers

The big cleanup is well underway and this year, finally, the majority of the hideous conifers are being felled thus opening the pool to more light and heat from the sun.

The full schedule of tree works at the pool can be found below,  following our Requests have been received from the Friends of Jesus Green Swimming Pool, to have the conifers removed.”: 

Full marks to The Council & Better it will be interesting to see the PoolTemperatures this year.


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Exciting pool opening news!

We are very pleased to let Friends of Jesus Green Lido know that Better is preparing to open Jesus Green pool from early April (2nd April according to @camcitico ), with morning, evening and weekend sessions.  All of the timings and dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.


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Petition against Cell Phone Mast on Jesus Green

See Update at end of this post!
Proposed mast on Jesus GreenDear Friends of Jesus Green Lido

We hope you are all keeping well. We are looking forward to the pool opening in May, all being well.

In the meantime, there is an urgent petition underway in respect of a planning application for a mobile phone mast and generator, currently situated on top of Park Street car park, to be relocated on to Jesus Green. This will have a massive impact on our wonderful open space, frequented by many, and which has just been awarded Green Flag status.

We would be grateful if you could sign the attached petition:

Best wishes

The Committee of the Friends of Jesus Green Lido

The Planning Application can be viewed here

Update 23 April 2021

There will be “no need” to erect a temporary telecoms mast on Jesus Green after planning permission was granted for an alternative site, Cambridge Labour has said.

Following discussions with the council, MBNL submitted a full and more detailed planning application for the Bridge House site, which was granted planning permission on Wednesday (April 21).

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Jesus Green Friends annual sea swim at Felixstowe

After the short but lovely season at Jesus Green, our annual autumn visit to Felixstowe will take place on Sunday 11th October

Meet on the beach near the Fludyers Hotel at approximately 11.30 for a swim then a walk and, hopefully, coffee and fish and chips.
Please take account of all Covid-19 regulations especially social distancing

Please be aware that, as always and especially in present circumstances, this is an informal arrangement and we cannot take any responsibility for organising transport – we suggest that individuals arrange appropriate car sharing. Alternatively, travel by train should be possible by catching the 09.08 train from Cambridge arriving 11.21 with a change at Ipswich. Return services run hourly @ 15.25, 16.25 etc.
Low tide should be at approximately 11.30

Please fill in the form below as numbers are restricted for CoVid outdoor events

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Farewell letter of thanks from BETTER

On behalf of all the staff at Jesus Green Lido, Better and Cambridge City Council we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for every single person who came and supported us at Jesus Green Lido during the 2020 season.

We have been overwhelmed with the thanks we have received from our customers and we are really proud to have played a small role in helping people get some sort of normality back in their lives.

If any positives can be gleaned from these crazy times it is the community spirit shown, the improvement in both physical & mental wellbeing and the overall appreciation of this wonderful outdoor pool in Cambridge that clearly means so much to so many.

Having spoken to the staff regularly over the course of the past 6 weeks it is clear just how much they have enjoyed being a part of this season and how much they have enjoyed welcoming customers back into our facilities again.

It is now time to draw the season to a close as we move on to try and re-open more of our facilities to more people over the coming weeks and months. However we will be back at the Lido before you know it, having gained so much useful information and new ways of operating that we believe will improve the experience for all users as we go forwards.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Daryl Emes
Cambridgeshire Partnership Manager

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Great News from BETTER

Excellent news from Daryl Emes, BETTER Cambridgeshire Partnership Manager.

……due to the excellent feedback and safe running of the facility so far I am pleased to say we are going to push the season back a further week so we will now be closing on Sunday 6th September instead – giving an extra week’s swimming!


So thank you, everyone, for making your views known and all the excellent comments.

Obviously on the assumption that nothing changes (hours and procedures) 🙂

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BETTER app problems.

If you are having problems with the BETTER app then, please contact the addresses below:

Please email with any issues.

If it is a case that they have registered for online bookings in the past but can’t remember their password and need it reset, or they have set up a new account but the e-mail address is linked to an old account then we can do this at centre level so get people to email or for those specific issues.

Kind regards
Daryl Emes
Cambridgeshire Partnership Manager

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2020 Pool Opening Information

Dear Friends of Jesus Green Lido

The Lido is looking great!

The pool will open officially on 25 July 2020. There will be some free Friends’ sessions (bookable) on Friday 24 July. The season will run to 30 August 2020.

Hours of operation will be Monday to Friday 07.00 to 19.00 hours; weekends 10.00 to 18.00 hours. Last bookable entry one hour before closure.

Important points to note and observe

All sessions are bookable in advance, one hour slots – running every ten minutes to spread arrivals and departures.  There is an App: Better UK which can be used to arrange membership (eg Pay and Play) and for booking sessions.  Otherwise book via their website. Sessions can be booked up to five days in advance for non-members and seven days for members.  The recommendation is to get registered via the App in advance.

Better have created a circular access and exit route around the facility. Please see the web-link at the end for guidance. There will be one inside shower available and one outside at either end, separate for men and women.

Only adults and children over the age of 11 years will be admitted, for lane swimming only. No sauna, no catering.

This means a different feel to the normal season, but we are very fortunate that Better and the Council have made considerable efforts to get the Lido open, so we all need to book and swim!

Booking opens on Tuesday 21 July at 18.00 hours.

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