If you had said to someone a few years ago “I am going for a swim at Hathersage Heated Outdoor Pool” during Winter they’d have probably laughed at you and told you its closed for the winter! The winter heated season went from strength to strength, and due to the attendance we were able to extend the opening hours each month enabling us to be open 7 days a week through the winter. It was amazing to see the pool being used so well by a huge variety of people from babies of 6 months old having their first ever outdoor swim to 80+ years olds swimming on a regular occasion and many regular swimmers all keeping their fitness up during the winter. Over the Christmas period literally 1000s of people flocked to enjoy the novelty of swimming outdoors for the first time ever in heated water, many comparing the experience to visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Whilst there were queues on some days staff implemented a system and extended the opening hours to ensure everyone managed to get a swim.