Great weekend weather attracts crowds to pool

CROWDS flocked to the Open Air Pool on Sunday as they celebrated the attraction finally opening after weeks of delays.
CROWDS flocked to the Open Air Pool on Sunday as they celebrated the attraction finally opening after weeks of delays.

Sunday’s afternoon of music and fun, coupled with some lovely weather, ensured that Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool made a great start to its peak season, with over 1,650 paying customers over the two-day weekend and an estimated total, including performers and invited guests, of well over 1,700 people.

The Treasure Hunt, Shark Slide Competitions and water polo session, organised by Leisure Attendants Hannah Metelski and Sarah Steel, proved a great hit with youngsters against a backdrop of Mediterranean weather and music from Newtonhill Pipe Band, folk duo K and G and Mearns FM.

Chair of the Friends of the Pool, Mike Robins said: “We were delighted that the kids’ fun events hit the spot with younger swimmers – there was a real excited buzz in and around the Pool! We now plan to offer fun events at least twice a week during our peak season, which lasts until the schools go back in mid-August. Our popular midnight swim series also starts this Wednesday, July 6, with swimming beneath the stars every Wednesday from now until August 10, starting at 10pm.”

The Olympic-size Stonehaven Pool is at present the only heated open air pool inScotland and is attracting visitors from near and far to swim in its warm clean seawater. Open daily, locals and visitors can also take advantage of early opening on Tuesdays and Fridays, when the Pool will open from 6.30am until 7.30pm.

“We may not have had the best start to the season, with our opening delayed by a few weeks,” added Mike, “but we’re certainly making up for it now and are hoping to be the place to come for healthy, open-air fun. Even when the weather’s not great, the Pool temperature is always at least 29C, so you can still have fun, or enjoy a quiet swim without getting cold - or sunburned!”