Step back to the 1930s as Tinside Lido celebrates 80th birthday

plymouth hoe tinside pool photo by local tony cannanPlymouth’s spectacular Tinside Lido will be celebrating its 80th birthday in style with a weekend full of 1930s vintage charm.

Visitors to the art deco complex on Saturday 12 and 13 September will be able to step back in time and enjoy a cream tea at poolside café, with music from the era and staff dressed in 1930s swimwear and lifeguard uniforms.

Entry will cost just one penny all weekend – the same as when Tinside first opened on 2 October 1935.

It began life as the Ladies’ Bathing Place, before plans were rolled out to develop the foreshore and provide a salt water lido that could be enjoyed by the many people flocking to Plymouth’s waterfront to fill their leisure hours.

Owned by Plymouth City Council and managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active, it is one of only 12 listed lidos in the UK and has been voted one of the best outdoor pools in Europe.

The birthday celebrations form part of this year’s Ocean City Festival, which will run from 5 to 27 September. They will also mark the end of this year’s summer season at the pool.

David Greenwood, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “This is a milestone event for Tinside Lido and we’re really looking forward to celebrating such a special feature of Plymouth. This will be a great opportunity for us to look back on the history of Tinside Lido and appreciate its success over the years. The event will offer families a great day out and we hope to see lots of people joining us for the festivities.”

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “Tinside was – and still is – one of the most spectacular and iconic outdoor pools in the country. People of all ages will have fond memories of swimming and sunbathing there and we look forward to taking a nostalgic look back at the pool over the years as we celebrate its 80th birthday.”

Tinside will be open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September. If the lido gets particularly busy Everyone Active may operate sessions to ensure everyone can take part in the celebrations.

For more information about the event call 01752 261915. Further details of this year’s Ocean City Festival can be found at

Photo of flooded Tinside Pool by Jason Kiely attractions a lot of attention

plymouth hoe tinside flood storm 2014The stormy weather continues across the UK and along Plymouth’s coastline.

Jason Kiely regularly shares photos on twitter via @Plymouth_pc which have proven popular and he recently shared this stunning shot of Tinside Pool underwater.

What is impressive about this shot is Jason’s main camera had to be retired after breaking last week, and he took his shot using a GoPro.

His photo (with permission) on 6th Jan 2014 was shared on our Plymouth Hoe Waterfront Facebook Page:  and soon took off! Jason and I was surprised to see it suddenly receive a steady flow of likes and shares

As of 7th Jan 2014 (10:15am): Facebook Post stats:
841 likes, 733 Shares, 66,208 views ! And still rising!
See below for final results 🙂

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Stormy weather hits the Plymouth Hoe in the run up to Christmas 2013

Plymouth Hoe Storms 2013 - photo Hannah Gow huge wavesA huge storm roared into Plymouth on Monday 23rd December 2013.

I was in the area at the time so I attempted a walk up to the Plymouth Hoe Parade, but quickly turned back after only making it as far as the War Memorials. At one point I had to duck behind one of the statues due to the frequent 70mph+ gusts.

Our social media reporter Hannah Gow took a series of shots, uploading them to twitter. They featured in the local Plymouth Herald news paper and also on the BBC News website here :).

You can see a few photos taken by Hannah and Jason Kiely who was around at the time. Also a short video I took of the wind / rain can below:

Plymouth Hoe Storms 2013 - photo Hannah Gow

Plymouth Hoe Storms 2013 - photo Hannah Gow shoreline

Plymouth Hoe Storms 2013 - photo jason kiely


A step back in time – Plymouth’s Tinside Pool, Drakes Island & Mount Edgcumbe

A step back in time… Tinside, Drake’s Island & Mt Edgecumbe. Not sure when it was taken, but what a difference compared to 2013! Photo by kind permission of

This photo was originally posted on our Plymouth Hoe Waterfront Facebook Page where our local historian commented:

Chris Robinson said:Great image. Looks to me early 1880s, the road was cut around 1888 ish and we can see the Liner Lookout building that is late 1870s, Smeaton’s Tower appeared 1884 and you would imagine that had it been there when the photograph was taken the photographer would have attempted to include it.

historic photo tinside plymouth hoe drakes island