SUM­MER SWIMS

Kent Life - - Town Life: Chatham And Gillingham -

Gilling­ham is home to Kent’s last lido. The Strand Pool is one of the UK’s old­est open-air pools and the only re­main­ing riverside pool to use salt wa­ter. The orig­i­nal first opened in 1896, af­ter a lo­cal busi­ness­man re­alised he could cre­ate a pool on the mud­flats, fill­ing it with fil­tered wa­ter from the Med­way es­tu­ary. Now with up-to-date pools, a crazy golf course and mini rail­way, it’s open week­ends May-July, and daily in the school sum­mer hol­i­days.

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