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Summer Solstice 2022 pool celebration

Jesus Green pool will be open from 5 am to 10 pm on the longest day in 2022!

Summer Sostice 2022 poster

Additional information is that the Summer Solstice 2022 in Cambridge will be at 10:13 am on Tuesday, 21 June


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365 day party at The Pool

365 days open! On the 2nd of April, the Lido will have been open for an entire year. To celebrate we are hosting a small party at the pool on Saturday 2nd April from 12-2 pm. Join us for some food, music & a group photo. The pool will be open as usual until 11 am. Will the water be warmer than last year’s opening of 10.7°C?

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Winter Pool Opening Success Story

Phil Rodgers has tweeted:

and I also notice from that decision on the below will be made on 24 March 2022

2. Approve the officer recommendation to extend the current management contract for 30 months until 31st March 2026, under the same terms but for a reduced management fee

3. Note the findings of GLL’s review of the Jesus Green Lido winter opening pilot and agree to its continuation under the same arrangements

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January 2022 Pool Opening

Forget the rumours! BETTER have confirmed that the pool will stay open all through January keeping the December timetable times









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Better Booking System changes

Twitter version of the booking system changes

Over the next few days, we will be changing our booking system. You may experience some difficulties with booking until this change has been completed on the 1st of December. After the change, you may be required to reset your password before you are able to book online or on the App.

If you are having any issues after the 1st of December, please contact us at or visit reception when we are open.

Email version of the booking system changes

Hi All,

I wanted to let you know that overnight tonight we will be changing over our front of house (and App) booking system. This is to come in line with the rest of Cambridge who changed over in June this year. We have left it as late as possible and obviously, it was going to be closed but now we are keeping it going we have to make this change.

This will mean that after 8pm tonight the system will go offline and it will be down until around 12pm tomorrow when it will then come back live.

The same App icon is still valid so no need to download the App again – it will just look slightly different when you go to book.

Bookings are essentially all the same though and the way you book is very similar (you are still booking an entry timeslot for example)

When you then go into your App once it comes back live you should receive a pop up asking you to reset your password (please make a note of the requirement for capital letters, numbers and special characters as these have to be included in your new password).

Once you have created a new password you will be logged in and good to go again.

One thing I do need to make you aware of is if you have a Better Booking membership (it will say this on your membership card icon) then you will need to register for a new account once the system is up and live as these are essentially non-member accounts that do not transfer with the new system. Anyone who has a pay & play or a prepaid membership will be transferred across.

If you have any issues or know of people having issues then the below e-mails can be given to help them (these are Parkside people as they have been using it for months whereas the Jesus Green staff will be new to it):

George Pemberton (Assistant Manager) –

Dominic Dunklin (Duty Manager) –

Kind regards
Daryl Emes

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December & Christmas pool opening times

We are very pleased to let all Friends know that the Lido will be open in December as follows:

 FROM 5 December 2021

Mondays 7 am – 11 am and 4 pm – 7 pm

Thursdays: 7am – 11am and 4pm – 7pm

Sundays: 7am – 11am

Added to this, the Lido will open daily from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm from Boxing Day (26 December) to New Year’s Day (1 January 2022). So this will be a week’s worth of daily swimming available over the Christmas Holidays.

We encourage all swimmers to book and come along so that we keep this magnificent facility open all winter.  Swim safe.

On New Year’s Day, Better would like to organise a group photo.  Time to be confirmed.

 Our renewed thanks to Better and to the Council for enabling the extended season to happen.

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Winter evenings at The pool

A JG regular pool swimmer,@acambridgediary, has Tweeted an excellent image showing the new pool lighting for the winter evenings. Note that the pool is operating reduced hours and currently closed on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday see the main page at for opening times.

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Thank you presentation

The Friends’ Committee presented Fitzbillie’s Chelsea buns to the Better staff and a plant to Mary in the cafe, together with cards signed by many swimmers. On behalf of everyone, we gave our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for their hard work and for making our visits to the Lido such a warm and positive experience.

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New Winter Opening Times

After a fantastic uptake in cold water swimming at Jesus Green Lido over the Autumn period, Better has confirmed the following operating hours will take effect from 1st November 2021:

 Monday 7am-11am & 4pm-7pm

Tuesday 7 am-11 am

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 7am-11am & 4pm-7pm

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

Sunday 7am-4pm

 Your membership will remain live throughout the winter months which allows these extended hours to be possible. Plus, if the water does become a little chilly as the winter months draw in, don’t forget selected membership also includes access to over 150 swimming pools across the UK which includes local indoor pools in Cambridge at Parkside Pools & Gym and Abbey Leisure Complex. Please check with a Better member of the team to find out which pools you have access to.

 The Friends of Jesus Green Lido Committee would like to thank Better, the Council and all of our loyal swimmers for their support.  We look forward to seeing you through the winter as well as the summer and autumn months!

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