Category Archives: Events

The Big Sweep

Sunday 13 November 10.30 am – 12 noon

Calling all swimmers!

Bring your brush or broom to the pool and do battle with the leaves to assist the lifeguards with the momentous task of keeping the poolside clear.

Free tea – and bring your own cake!

The big sweep!

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Jesus Green Pool 2023 Centenary Calendar: Call for Photos

We’re making a photo calendar as part of the centenary celebrations, and we’d like your help!

Do you have any pictures you’ve taken of the pool that you’re particularly proud of? Icy shots from the winter months and swimmers in the snow, underwater shots, seasonal photos, and not forgetting those roasting summer months… The choice is yours!

Please send them to by Friday 29 October, including which month you’d prefer the photo to be for. The photos must be taken at or of Jesus Green Pool but don’t need to have been taken in the last year. You can submit as many photos as you like.

If anyone’s face is clearly visible in your photo(s), please check with them that they’re happy for you to send it in.

Technical requirements for photos:
.jpg or .heic format.
At least 3-4MB at 300 dpi.
Maximum file size 15MB.
sRGB profile is recommended, but CYMK files are accepted
If you’re not sure about the size or quality, send it in just in case.

We’re looking forward to seeing your photos!

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A Grand Day Out

Our annual sea swim at Felixstowe on Saturday had a good turnout of over 20 on a gorgeous autumn day. The sea temperature was at 15 degrees with a little wind so folks were riding the waves a little bit!

Thank you for all the photographs (If you want any removed please let me know.

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Annual Felixstowe seaswim Excursion

Felixstowe excursion
Saturday 15 October 2022

Enjoy a cool autumn swim in the sea at Felixstowe, a long-time tradition for the Friends of Jesus Green Lido all are welcome there is no need to reply.
All arrangements are informal – drive, car share with friends or use public transport.

Our itinerary:
Meet at Fludyers Hotel on the seafront for coffee from 11.00 – 11.30ish
Take a swim
Enjoy Fish & Chips – plenty of options
Ice cream
Take a walk –  along the seafront promenade
Visit & view the Container port, Landguard Fort (English Heritage)

Public transport:
Hourly trains from Cambridge via Ipswich (lengthy connection!)
Depart Cambridge 08.47 arr Felixstowe 11.24
(or Cambridge 08.03 arr Felixstowe 10.24 via Ely)
Return dep 16.28, arr Cambridge 18.40
Normally no rail card fare/time restrictions on a Saturday

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Serotonin Swim – Your Invite

How good does swimming make you feel?

We want to help you and more people experience the incredible benefits of swimming outdoors at Jesus Green Lido.

Serotonin Swim is a once a month Sunday Swim club with simple aims:

  • Give everyone who swims 1 length or more a mini reward (sometimes edible) as recognition for their effort
  • Harness the knowledge of the JGL lido community to share tips and techniques to help people adjust to swimming in cooler temperatures
  • Strengthen relationships amongst the lido community. According to this 70 year Harvard study relationships are the single biggest influential factor on the quality of our life

You can register here. Takes 30 seconds.

How much does it cost? Zero. You only pay for entry to the pool. Registering this week will mean we love you more than a hot drink after a cool swim (that is a lot!)

Do you remember that day you felt a bit down and alone? And then you went for a swim and felt better. Maybe it was simply the swim, maybe you had a serendipitous conversation with someone by the pool. Whatever it was swimming helps in so many ways. Recap on the science at Serotonin Swim and you can read what inspired me (Sam) to start it.

Thanks for reading this, I’m sure you’ve had a busy day. Please hold in mind that you are important. You deserve a moment for you tonight (and maybe a swim in the morning?).

P.S – A big thank you to Nicky, Becky and Geoff for helping get this off the ground. And to Daryl and George from Better for their support.

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Celebration Party Invite

Hello swimmers!

Stash some cash in your bag when you come to the celebration party on April 2!

What could be nicer after a chilly swim than a hot cup of tea and a
piece of scrummy homemade cake?

There will be a bring-and-buy cake sale at the celebration party on
Saturday 2 April in aid of Ukraine.

The stall is being organised by a group of regular swimmers with the
much-appreciated support of Better.

Wear something blue and something yellow to signal your solidarity
with the people of Ukraine.

All proceeds from hot drinks and bakes will go to humanitarian causes
in Ukraine.

See you all on Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm (pool open as usual from
7 am to 11am).

Don’t forget to bring some cash!

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Gardening help at the Lido

The Council have a group of volunteers coming down to Jesus Green on Wednesday 2 March between 10 am-2 pm to carry out some gardening on the new hedges as they are tangled with weeds and just wanted to extend this to the Friends to see if any of them would like to help.

Many thanks

Please note the extended March opening times have been added to

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Winter Celebration Party Success

For many years the friends have held a winter party during the period of the pool closure, originally by invitation to a friend’s house but more recently at Hobbs Pavilion on Parker’s Piece.

These events were enjoyed by all but last winter there was no event so this year, with Covid continuing, we decided to get together socially at the lido.

After our morning swims (for some!) tables were set up and were soon full of food to share, warm mulled wine was served and the café was open for hot drinks.

The sun came out and we all enjoyed the opportunity for a friendly chat with old and new friends – over 50 people attending.

As with New Year’s Day, the interest and attendance at the event goes to prove how worthwhile the winter opening of the lido has been.

Thanks to Better & their staff for their help and support. Thanks to Antony & Will for the pictures & Richard forthe write up

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Poolside Winter Celebration Party

Friends of Jesus Green Lido
Winter celebration
Sunday 16th January 2022
11.00 – 12.00 @ the Lido

After a particularly good year at the pool, please join us for another chance to meet and socialise.

Many of you will have enjoyed our previous winter gatherings at Hobbs Pavilion but in this year of Covid, we’ve decided that it’s appropriate to meet at the pool.

Better have agreed to host the event on Sunday until 12.00 (the swim times remain 07.00 – 11.00), the café will be open but bring along food and drink to share – we plan to have a gazebo in case of rain.

So come along, have a swim (before 11.00)!
Join us there!

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