Cool Pool returns for our third season from Sunday 22nd September – 10am – 12:30pm for 6 weeks, every Sunday 10am – 12:30pm

Cold water swimming in one of the fastest growing pastimes in the UK and from our location in the North Yorks Moors National Park, we are providing a safe environment to feel the exhilaration of Autumnal swimming in the open air.

Physical and mental health benefits of cold water swimming are second to none and entry includes a free hot drink when you get out.

We need Cool Pool to be viable. Entry will be £5 on the day but in order for the Trustees to commit to the 6 week programme we are looking to secure £750 in pre-sales. A season pass (6 swims) is £20 with a one off swim £4.50 when pre-booked are now available. If we do not reach our pre-sale target – oniline tickets will be refuned.

Wetsuits can be worn.


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We're Now Closed Until Summer 2020

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

The Pool is now closed for 2019.

(apart from, see below)

If you baked a cake, mowed the lawn, visited the pool, made a positive
comment on social media, or made a donation this year:


Cool Pool Swims

We are doing our Cool Pool Swims (the pool water will not be heated!) on Sundays from 22 September 2019 for six weeks (last session 27 October 2019). You can read about it here, and book your tickets for either, all the sessions (and get a discount!), or just the session/s of your choosing here.

The health benefits of Cool Pool Swimming are immeasurable!

Ticket Prices


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 in to 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 11.15 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.

Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool Refurbishment

The refurbishment of Helmsley Pool to celebrate its 50 Birthday in 2019 has been partially funded by the European Agricultural for Rural Development LEADER Project. It has entailed re-rendering the Pool tank, re-tiling the Pool, fencing the Pool compound and re-turfing the grassed areas. It has also contributed to the plant and filtration units.

HMRC Ref No. 061000060747