Dog Day at Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Jubilee Pool is the largest seawater pool in the UK. Located in Penzance, west Cornwall, the pool has a capacity of up to 600 swimmers. It opened in in 1935, commemorating King George V’s Silver Jubilee. The pool itself was designed by Captain F Latham and is praised as one of the most unusual and aesthetic designed lidos of the era.


Jubilee Pool has no mechanical filtration systems and uses minimal chemical treatment. Water quality is maintained throughout the day in accordance to the incoming and outgoing tides. The soon-to-be-launched geothermal pool is heated with sustainable heat pumps. At full capacity, Jubilee Pool contains 5 million litres of seawater.




What is Dog Day at Jubilee Pool?

Jubilee Pool’s dog friendly event marks the end of the summer season. Before the pools are closed for their annual deep clean, dogs and their owners are invited to enjoy the saltwater pools for themselves. It’s a popular event with locals and holidaymakers alike, attracting over 400+ dogs per year.


A dog show runs alongside the dog friendly swimming sessions. Classes take place throughout the day and include the popular fancy dress round. This year’s entrants included a mer-dog, complete with rainbow tail! All money raised through Dog Day at Jubilee Pool is invested back into the local community.




Is Dog Day Suitable for Families?

Yes! Dog Day at Jubilee Pool is great fun for all the family. There are three pools to choose from at Jubilee Pool. The triangular main pool depth ranges from approximately 1.2m to 2.25m depending on the tides. The learner pool is approximately 0.6m deep and the geothermal pool depth ranges from 0.85m to 1.35m.


Jubilee Pool does have specific adult to child supervision ratios to ensure swimmer safety at all times. A responsible guardian who is over 16 years old must accompany all children under 12. Under 4s must be supervised on a 1 to 1 basis in the water. Children aged between 4 and 7 may be supervised in a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children in the water and those aged 8+ may be supervised 1 adult to 4 children from the poolside.




The Finer Details

Dog Day at Jubilee Pool usually takes place on the last Sunday of September, before the pools are closed for their deep clean. The pool is dog friendly from 11am and the session ends at around 6pm. Regular admission charges of £5 per adult and £3.50 for under 16s. Children under 4 swim for free. There is also a small charge of £3 per dog during Dog Day.


Spectators are also welcome on the top terrace, which is free to visit. The newly opened café serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, as well as sweet and savoury treats from local suppliers. If you’re interested in entering your dog into the dog show, classes cost £1 each. Wetsuits are available to hire on the day if you do not have your own. Though if you’re lucky, the seawater may be warm enough to swim without one!




Have you visited Dog Day at Jubilee Pool before? Where does your dog enjoy swimming?

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