Welcome, thanks for dropping by

Situated in a National Park surrounded by spectacular countryside Helmsley Heated Open Air Swimming Pool is one of only three now, open air public heated pools in North Yorkshire.

It is run by a recently formed Charity 1184090 which has six local Trustees and guaranteed tenure to operate the Pool for 25 years under a lease awarded by Helmsley Recreational Charity, the sites owners.

This year we are operating under the covid safety guidelines. Our Pool is a great facility. Sadly, the changing rooms and domestic offices leave something to be desired.

Our fundraising and grant application exploits are now focussed on the new changing facilities the Planning Permission for which has just been submitted. Fingers crossed!

So do come and visit us. We have times for open session swimming, lane swimming, fun sessions, great for the children, and private hire of the Pool, available. You can download a timetable and a 2021 information leaflet from the link below and check the availability for a private hire by starting with checking the availability calendar below. There is FREE parking at the Pool and we can sell you a warming drink or a cooling ice cream!

Finally, we’ve saved the best until last, you can now check availability for any session on our calendar and book and pay for your ticket online! This means that by buying your ticket before you arrive the process of getting you into the water is very much quicker.

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


Only payable on the door


2 Adults + Max 3 Children

Private Hire

1 or 2 Hours

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 currently limited to 60. 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 Aquarobics 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.

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!

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