Winchester Lido Sports Association, Hyde Church Lane, off Worthy Lane, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DZ
The Lido was designed & built in the early 1930s by Charles Schwerdt, J.P. – a prominent local businessman, landowner, magistrate, & prospective Parliamentary candidate – as a gift to the community.
The complex was designed as a Club House & Swimming Pool, providing the citizens of Winchester with facilities that, at the time, were probably "the best equipped in England".
The opening ceremony of the "Winchester Lido and Sports Club" took place in the summer of 1934, with the Mayor of Winchester presiding. During the war, the Lido was used by the military, & was handed back to the City in 1945 when it became a Dance Hall & later a Bingo Hall. in 1968 it was re-leased from the City by the newly-formed Winchester Indoor Sports Association, with the swimming pool retained (and subsequently demolished) by the City Council. Today, the Winchester Lido Sports Association is a registered charity, which maintains and manages the facility on behalf of the community.
On 14th September, come and visit our much-loved community venue – rescued from demolition by “people power” in the 1980s – and have a go at various sports and recreational activities! Refreshments will be on sale, too.
● Saturday 14 September: 1000-1600
We cater for all ages and the ground floor of the building is fully accessible.
Stay as long as you like – we recommend 30 minutes minimum to view the displays and look round the building. Bring your family and hang out for a while, at this wonderful community venue!
We are opposite the Cattle Market car park and 5 minute walk from Winchester railway station.