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Beccles Lido, Beccles
Beccles Lido is situated in charming town of Beccles, nestled in the Waveney Valley. We caught up with the Chief Executive, Shaun Crowley to find out more about his business.
Can you tell us a little bit about your business?
Nothing beats swimming outdoors so why not visit Beccles Lido, the heated open-air swimming pool in Beccles. The 30m pool has a slide, springboard and separate heated toddler and paddle pools, lane swimming, family fun sessions, after dark swimming with underwater lights and excellent disabled access. We also offer canoe, kayak and paddleboard hire.
If you prefer a lazy day, take a trip on Big Dog Ferry, a relaxing 3 mile boat journey along the river. Stay on board for a round trip, disembark and enjoy a meal, drink or music in Geldeston at the Wherry or the Locks Inn, or take a one-way ticket and walk back on delightful footpaths.
What makes Beccles Lido unique?
Beccles Lido is one of just 120 remaining Lidos in the UK and one of only 3 in East Anglia. Next to the River Waveney, it enjoys stunning views across the Waveney Valley, and when Covid guidelines are relaxed there are lots of grassy areas, sunloungers, tables and chairs to relax on as well as an all-weather eating and spectating area, with a café serving hot and cold meals, snacks, drinks and ices.
Big Dog Ferry is the only regular passenger trip along this stretch of the River Waveney and offers the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife en-route – otters, kingfishers and marsh harriers are all regular sights along the river, and even the occasional seal!
What’s not to be missed when
After your swim why not take the opportunity to hire one of our Canadian style canoes, or a kayak or stand-up paddle board and enjoy the River Waveney under your own steam?
Whether paddling or on Big Dog Ferry, visit the famous Locks Inn at Geldeston – saved in 2021 by the community and now owned by 1400 real ale and music fans, the Locks offers a unique riverside experience.
Can you give us a random fact about your business?
Before the pool was built in 1959, Becclesians used to swim in the river, in a fenced off area! In 2008 the Council shut the pool and the community rallied to save it and create Beccles Lido. The Lido is still owned and run by community charity Beccles Lido Limited, which also owns and runs Big Dog Ferry and Beccles Public Hall & Theatre – well worth a visit for great local entertainment – www.becclespublichall.com.
Big Dog Ferry was named after original owner Mark’s big honey coloured dog and should not be confused with Bungay’s black dog – Black Shuck!
Where would you recommend
going for a lunch?
As soon as Covid restrictions are relaxed the Lido’s café will offer a fantastic selection of hot and cold meals and snacks. Until then, there are lots of excellent independent cafes, bars and restaurants in Beccles Town Centre.
What is your favourite thing to do in Suffolk on your day off?
When we’re not swimming in the Lido we like to swim in the river or walk, run or cycle to the Locks Inn in Geldeston to relax!
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