Opening this summer, after a £3 million upgrade (following damaging storms in 2014 which nearly caused its closure) Jubilee Pool should be on everyones to do list this year.
I am not a big sea swimmer in fact you can probably count on one hand the number of times I have swum in English waters over the past 15 years, so taking a dip an unheated pool isn’t necessarily the first thing I think of doing on a sunny day in Cornwall. However, when I saw some stunning photos of the refurbishment by Adam Gibbard, I was determined to make a visit this summer.
As it turns out I didn’t have to wait long as the opening bank holiday weekend in late May offered perfect weather and finding ourselves without anything planned we packed our wetsuits and headed west to Penzance.
So, my only moan – there’s no dedicated parking and arriving after lunch meant we had to park a good 10 minute walk away.
Although it was a little windy, the shape of the art deco complex means that you can find yourselves a sheltered spot no matter what direction the wind is blowing. There are seats and tables located around the pool and we managed to bagsy a bench.
And the water…… Well it wasn’t as cold as I was expecting! Apparently it was 19 degrees – warmed by a couple of days of sun preceeding our visit. I borrowed a shorty wetsuit and that helped with the chill, but I almost think I could have gone in without one (or maybe not!).
The kiddies pool is great for toddlers and those learning to swim. The shallow end of the main pool is 1m but it drops away quite fast and our kids got out of their depth really quickly so preferred the smaller (and slightly warmer) pool.
In between swims we walked around the pool and at the far end you can catch glimpses of arguably West Cornwalls most famous landmark – St Michaels Mount.
A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children was £13.40 for locals but unlike other pools where you can get thrown out when it gets busy you can stay there all day so offers good value for money. Spectators only pay £2, so even if you don’t fancy a swim it is still somewhere you can enjoy a sunny day and on Tuesdays they are open till 8pm.
There is a café onsite selling hot drinks and chips which is great to warm yourselves up after a dip.
I would recommend a visit to everyone of all ages. There was a lovely atmosphere with people really enjoying this revitalised attraction and I will definitely be making a return visit!