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The outdoors pools in Kent open tomorrow and those which remain closed

Outdoor pools can officially reopen from tomorrow, and although it's not going to be particularly hot this weekend - with temperatures in the low 20Cs - some families will be eager for a long-awaited dip.

However, despite the green light from the government to welcome people back, some pools in Kent will still remain closed.

Walmer Paddling Pool has said a reopening date will be announced soon
Walmer Paddling Pool has said a reopening date will be announced soon

Bewl Water

Open

Bewl Water has been open since Wednesday July 8 as it previously said "the government has confirmed that aqua parks are not included in the definition of water parks as set out in the recent guidance."

Markers have been fixed to the floor, reminders to socially distance and hand sanitiser placed around the park.

Swanley Park, New Barn Road

Opens Saturday, July 11

Visitors must book ahead and it's £10 for up to six in a household. You can book by calling 01322 665 855.

There are maximum of 20 bookings per session, which are 50 minutes long and each household will have a designated pod with room for six people.

Swanley residents can swim free.

More information can be found on the park's Facebook page.

Swanley Park's pool will open tomorrow. Picture: Swanley Park
Swanley Park's pool will open tomorrow. Picture: Swanley Park

Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, Margate

Opens Saturday, July 11

Technically this is not an outdoor pool so it has been open since the beginning of June.

Swimmers should social distance and not share equipment with people who are not in their household.

To read the full safety advice given by staff at the tidal pool, click here.

Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is a sectioned off part of the sea
Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is a sectioned off part of the sea

Tonbridge Swimming Pool, Castle Street

Reopening datenot yet confirmed.

Senior management are having a meeting next week to discuss when and how to open.

Faversham Pools, Leslie Smith Drive

Closed tomorrow.

The latest update says the pools will not be reopening until next summer, and the indoor pool will be opening in September at the earliest.

Information will be released after Monday, July 20 outlining the team's next steps so they can "survive through the winter" as they are a charity and not council run.

Faversham Pools will reopen next summer
Faversham Pools will reopen next summer

Walmer Paddling Pool, Marine Road, Deal

Staff say they will be making an announcement soon regarding reopening.

A Facebook post reads: "We have been working hard behind the scenes to have our facilities ready to reopen in a Covid-safe way when it was deemed appropriate by the government."

It adds: "We are extremely pleased with this news and very happy as exercise is a key aspect of people's lives and, especially during a health crisis, it's vital that people are able to do all they can to keep their health and immune system in top shape.

Strand Pool, Strand Approach Road, Gillingham

Closed tomorrow.

This pool will be closed for the rest of the year.

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