The 'hidden' outdoor swimming pool that's 'like being on holiday' - just 45 minutes from Teesside

Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool

As the sun begins to shine and temperatures rise, the thought of a refreshing outdoor swim becomes more enticing.

Despite the unpredictable British weather, there are a few outdoor pools to visit, aside from the popular wild swimming spots. One such place is the renowned Ilkley Lido, which is around a one hour and 15 minute drive from Middlesbrough.

Another option, located in North Yorkshire, is the open-air swimming pool in Helmsley. The pool, which operates seasonally, will be welcoming visitors again from Saturday, May 27.

Situated just outside the village of Helmsley - just 45 minutes from central Teesside - the pool provides a range of sessions including open swims, adults-only swims, lane swims and fun sessions. It's also available for private hire.

To secure a spot, it's advised to book a session. Entry fees are £5.95 for adults, £3.95 for children under 17, and free for children under four, reports Yorkshire Live. Discounted rates are available for over-65s, students and disabled people at £5. A family ticket (maximum three children) is priced at £20, or you can pay £2.50 to simply watch.

Helmsley Open Air Pool has earned a four out of five-star rating on TripAdvisor, with most visitors commending it as a fantastic day out. Last August, a visitor named Clare M from Malton showered praise on the venue and remarked: "Amazing little gem .... Not too busy in the adult session... nice and warm , easy to book online .... Third visit of the summer , will def be back .... Yes the changing rooms need updating BUT it's locally run and the pool and location is fab u lous! ".

Another pleased guest left an encouraging review and said: "Perfect family swim. We attended the golden hour swim 6-7pm and my 5and8 year olds loved it. Staff very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend going if you're in the area."

Pauline Addison also lent her positive feedback on her experience stating: "A gem of a place. Just what I needed to entertain my 4 year old grandson. It was well organised. The changing rooms are in need of an update but we didn't mind. We had a great couple of hours on a beautiful day. Will definitely be back. So easy to book online too. Win Win! ! ! ".

User LaineyYork added their high regards for the pool expressing that it was an "Amazing rare place. Like being on holiday", continuing with: "They always have events on and we love it. A little hidden gem."

Furthermore, she added: "Get down. Can even hire the pool for sole use cheaply - it's a brilliant place your kids will remember happy times for years. Nearly everyone in Helmsley learnt to swim in this pool and there's lots to do locally." They concluded strongly with a commendation: "You'd have to be mad not to try it. Fantastic place."