STONEHAVEN HEATED OPEN AIR POOL - Bring on Jubilee Year 2022!!

STONEHAVEN HEATED OPEN AIR POOL - Bring on Jubilee Year 2022!!

By Stunning Stonehaven on 07/04/2022

From Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of Stonehaven’s famous Open Air Swimming Pool in 2020 and severely restricted attendance in 2021.  However, Aberdeenshire Council and the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool are delighted that the pool will open fully for the 2022 season in May with the added bonus that it will be a Jubilee Year. 

The pool underwent significant labour-intensive maintenance campaigns both before and after the 2021 season and the paintwork applied to the main tank and on the surrounding buildings seems to have stood up to the winter weather well.  However, as with the Forth Rail Bridge, there are always plenty more paint jobs to be carried out even when you’ve finished the current one!  This year we hope to address the pool surround and put another coat on the terraces to bring the pool to an even higher decorative standard.

Steve Harris, the new Chairman of the Friends of the Pool said, “The Friends never need much enticing to come back to work, and we started our pre-season work programme this week.  In doing so, the volunteers came away with suntans after the Monday shift and risked frostbite on the Wednesday one.  However, the paint is on order and we’re sweeping and preparing surfaces anticipating its arrival.”

In 2021, the Friends put in over 3000 volunteer-hours of work at the pool, operating both safely and Covid-compliant.

Steve continued, “This season will also see fuller use of the new chute - funded to the tune of £50,000 by the Friends in 2021, which conforms to modern safety standards and already has become as much a bathers’ favourite as its predecessor.”

Steve ended by saying, “Financing the chute replacement has put a large dent in the Friends’ finances which we’re now trying to fill in order to fund more projects.  The public can help by nominating us on as their chosen charity and we will receive a donation from their purchases at Amazon.”  Follow us at or on the Friends Facebook page for information and details of other ways you can help fund the Friends’ work.

Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool is owned and operated by Live Life Aberdeenshire, delivering sports and cultural services on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, working with the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool.

The Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool are a charity which publicises, promotes and carries out maintenance tasks at the pool and raises additional funding for enhancements to the pool experience such as live music and entertainers.

Stonehaven Open Air Pool is unique: the Olympic-size (50m) Pool is set within a beautiful Art Deco listed building and offers healthy fun for children of all ages, quiet sessions for adults and midnight swims in high season in its clean, filtered seawater heated to 29°C (84°F).

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