Spa towns of Europe visit Bath’s Georgian lido.

Trustees Chair, Ann Dunlop explains the layout to the visiting delegates.
Trustees Chair, Ann Dunlop explains the layout to the visiting delegates.

Bath’s derelict Cleveland Pools – Britain’s last remaining open-air, cold water Georgian lido – had some very special international visitors today.

A walk around the pool.
A walk around the pool.

They are representatives of many European spa towns who – along with Bath Spa – are bidding for World Heritage Status joint recognition of the important role spa towns have played in the development of modern Europe’s history, politics, arts and even today’s tourism industry.

The delegates are attending a General Assembly of the European Historical Thermal Towns Association – which is being held in Bath – and will involve representatives for 30 spa towns and regional associations.

Their visit to the Bathwick site – hopefully on the way to being restored  – marks an important point in the Lido’s history.

 

 

 

More information for delegates from Trustee, Paul Simon.
More information for delegates from Trustee, Paul Simon.

Cleveland Pools have recently been awarded a development grant of £366,220 pounds by the

Bath's Mayor, Cllr Cherry Beath - on the left - leads the visiting group on a tour of the facilities.
Bath’s Mayor, Cllr Cherry Beath – on the left – leads the visiting group on a tour of the facilities.

Heritage Lottery Fund with earmarked funding of 4.1 million to actually do the restoration job.

However, the money is not yet in the bag – as Project Director Christopher Heath explained.