Pells open 
bookings in advance only

Tickets for autumn weekends
on sale 12:30pm, Thu 10th Sept 

Book online

Pool Temperature:  18C

Weds 9 Sept

Pells is an unheated pool

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Pells - Autumn Season - Mon 14 Sep to Sun 1 Nov

We are delighted to announce that our 2020 autumn season at the Pells will run every day from Monday 14 September to Sunday 1 November and tickets are on sale. 

The weekend (Saturday and Sunday) pattern will be:

  • Early morning lane session (60 mins): 11am, for adults (over-16s) only;
  • Family session (2 hours): 12.30pm-2.30pm
  • Afternoon lane sessions (90 mins): at 3pm and at 4.45pm:  lane swim for adults and children over 10s 

We are trialling this pattern for the two autumn weekends in September and will review for the month of October depending on how bookings run - to see how we best balance lane sessions and family sessions during the day.

Weekday sessions (Monday to Fridays):  Monday 14 Sept to Friday 30 October

The weekday (Monday to Friday) pattern is:

  • Early morning lane sessions (60 mins): 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, for adults (over-16s) only; 
  • Afternoon lane sessions (90 mins): 3.15pm and 5pm:  lane swim for adults and children over 10s (and then these will start 15 mins earlier from 5 October) 

Ticket sales for sessions at the Pells

Please note admission to Pells for our 2020 season is by pre-booked ticket only - there is no sale of tickets on the door for immediate entry.

Tickets on sale now for sessions up to end of our autumn season. The link to the booking site is here:

Full details about our 2020 season is on the 2020 season pages on this site.

If you need to get in touch with us, please email


Additional Lane Sessions from Monday 7 September

We've reviewed how bookings are running and how we should develop the sessions we offer in September, with schools being back from Monday 7 September

We aretherefore offering more lane sessions in week of Mon 7 Sept.

We've retained one afternoon family session on weekdays, and have 2 adult lane sessions (11am & noon) in place of the 11am family session.

This reflects booking preferences & demand we saw in week of tickets just released.

Thanks for understanding - we need to match what we offer closest to what people wish to book for. Sorry if this is disappointing for anyone


Invitation to become a friend of the Pells Pool 2020

As announced in our recent newsletter, in response to generous offer of financial help from our season ticket holders and others, we are now launching our 'Friends of the Pells Pool' fundraising scheme.

To become a friend please pay £30 (and feel free to donate more as some have offered if you want!) We appreciate that for some people £30 is hard to find.

By completing the payment information on our Membermojo system:

Friends will be entitled to the equivalent of a 10% discount on the price of an adult season ticket should they buy an adult or family season ticket next year. Please be aware that becoming friend does not entitle you to a discount on any ticketing schemes we may introduce this season if we are able to open.

We would love to open this season but don't want to raise expectations unnecessarily. The truth is we just don't know and it is out of our hands. All any of us can do is stay safe and follow the rules.

Very best wishes from all at the Pells Pool Community Association

Conrad Ryle (Chair of PPCA)
Phil Ranlsey (Pool Manager)


About The Pells Pool

The Pells Pool is the oldest documented freshwater outdoor public swimming pool in the United Kingdom, set in the beautiful town of Lewes in East Sussex. We celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2011 and continue to welcome thousands to our unique lido pool in the summer months each year.  

The Pells is an unheated spring-fed pool - 50 yards (46 metres) long by 25 yards (23 metres) wide. There are facilities for the whole family to enjoy, from our tree-lined green lawn, sun terrace and exercise lane, to our children's paddling pool (closed for the 2020 season),floats and other recreational equipment. 

Come for the day and enjoy a picnic on the tree-lined lawn. We sell snacks, coffee & tea, soft drinks & ice cream. 

Customers get 20p reduction if you bring your own cup and we will be selling reusable cups.  We also have a water fountain - so bring your own water containers to refill.

The pool is heated only by the sun, so water is usually cool at the start of the season and warms up as the weeks go by. For people interested in open water swim training, wetsuits can be worn to swim in the pool whenever we're open and we always have a lane set aside for lap swimming. 

In normal seasons, there are male and female changing areas, and there are small lockers free to use (not available in 2020 season).

There are four open-air warm showers beside the lawn which edges the pool, and one cold water shower on the flint wall side.

Male and female toilets and an accessible toilet.

We have ramp access to the pool for people with mobility needs - and wheelchair available for use to access.  There is an accessible toilet, shower and changing area. 

We do not allow dogs to be brought into the Pells.