Hello and thanks for dropping by!

As of today 24 February it is looking more likely that the Pool will open in 2021. Along with other outdoor pools we have asked some questions of government and are waiting for some clarification on dates and possible restrictions.

We are crossing our fingers and have started some basic cleaning work on the Pool and of course planning is key to our possible reopening and we are doing a lot of that!

Please revisit this page when you can as it is here where we will make any announcements.

So, thanks again for visiting we really, really hope to see you this year.

Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool

Yorkshire’s only 25m heated open air pool. We are a Charity (1184090) providing affordable outdoor swimming and a ‘holiday atmosphere’ to our local community and many visitors. Nestling in the North York Moors National Park, our open air pool is in the heart of the countryside.


4 – 16 years


17 – 64 years


over 65, disabled and students



2 Adults + Max 3 Children

Season Ticket

12 Swims For The Price Of 10

Private Hire

1 Hour

Pre-Payment Scheme


We now offer a Pre-Payment scheme to guarantee your entry into the Pool. When you arrive in Helmsley on the day of your proposed visit to the Pool come along to the Pool, after we open at 11.00 am, and pick the session on that day you would like to attend (remember the first session is adults only except at weekends!) and then follow these instructions;

· Pay for the number and type of tickets you want.

· Obtain a receipt for your payment.

· Ensure your Session time is written on the back.

· Return to the Pool 10 minutes before the start of your chosen Session.

· Present your Receipt to the cashier who will count you through.

People Sharing The Love!

First time here tonight! Warm, friendly welcome. Really lovely pool, so clean and a joy to watch the sky as you swim. And a great cup of tea afterwards. Really enjoyed ourselves, can’t wait to come back!
Had an absolutely brilliant night at the apogee moon swim. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the pool is lovely. Well worth a little drive out. Can’t wait for the next one!
We enjoyed a wonderful time at this lovely pool today ,friendly attentive lifeguards, changing rooms and toilets inside, showers outside, drinks and ice-lollies etc to purchase.A fabulous pool set against the backdrop of grassy hills and sheep..just perfect we shall return.
Fabulous afternoon at the pool today! The sun was shining, the water was warm and there was a great holiday atmosphere. Hopefully many more fun family afternoons here this summer.
What a wonderful time at Helmsley open air pool. What a treat! I grew up in Helmsley and cannot praise the staff and updated facilities enough. My 6 year old loved it! Helmsley open air pool is a gem in a beautiful town. Well worth a visit! Thank you for a great day!
Great day out with the family at the outdoor pool this afternoon. Beautiful weather and a great atmosphere! Highly recommended for a fun filled family day out!

An Amazing Experience


Our timetable is a little different from what you may be used to so please take a little time to check when our sessions are. We do get very busy on very hot days and for safety reasons the pool capacity per session is limited to 80. We have never reached capacity when it’s raining, which we can’t understand as swimming in the rain is truly wonderful, a delight to the senses; although the pool with be cleared/closed if there is a risk of thunder. Whether it’s a moonlight swim or our popular Aquathlon series, there’s a lot going on for everyone at the pool.

Please take a look at our ‘friends’ page to see if there is anything you can do to help the pool.

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Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool Refurbishment

Phase 1

The refurbishment of Helmsley Pool to celebrate its 50 Birthday in 2019 was partially funded by the European Agricultural for Rural Development LEADER Project, the North York Moors National Park, Ryedale District Council and Helmsley Town Council.
It enabled the re-rendering the Pool tank, re-tiling the Pool, fencing the Pool compound and re-turfing the grassed areas. It also contributed to the plant and filtration units.

Phase 2

For the next phase of the work the changing rooms, domestic offices, and toilets we are currently accepting donations. If the Pool opens in 2021 it is hoped to complete this work over the winter of 2021/2022, subject to funding.

Phase 3

This will entail the refurbishment of the Plant and Filtrations units/rooms. This will be the final phase of the work and is expected to take place in 2022/2023.
Support, financial and otherwise is always gratefully received. You can make a donation on line here. Please tick the box for ‘Gift Aid’ if applicable. Thank You

HMRC Ref No. 061000060747