Lido History

Busy day 1970s

1935 opening (i-ktJQ8J.jpg)Following the successful refurbishment of our main pool and surrounding area in 2006/07 we felt it an appropriate time to document the history of swimming and to celebrate the 1930s boom in lidos and their struggle for survival in a changing world.  We also wish to highlight the success story of Sandford Parks Lido.

The passion of local people prevented its closure and the dedication and hard work of the Charitable Trust has now secured the future of our beloved lido. Many individuals have been instrumental in the preservation of our lido and we would like to thank you all for your dedication over the years.

Since the 2006/7 refurbishment we have been collecting any documents and pictures relating to Sandford Parks Lido's history and we are aiming to make these available on these pages.  In the meantime we invite you to send us your personal memories and documents that best portray your experience of our unique facility so that we may add these to our collection.

Files available for download

Welcome to Paradise photobook


Welcome to Paradise photobook (i-58Hi7f.jpg)

Welcome to Paradise photobook

A collection of photographs of Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham taken by Iain Barton between 2002 & 2009. 


Lido From Above print

An aerial photograph of the lido available to purchase from Photobox as a print or canvas.