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Outdoor swimming pools - Strand

Photo of family in swimming poolStrand Leisure Pool and Park is one of Medway's most popular outdoor attractions.

The main pool has six 25-metre lanes opening out into a large fun pool.

And, running around the outside the main pool, is England's largest lazy river, which is 300m in circumference.

There is also a circular children's paddling pool.

Swimming pool opening times

The pools are open from late May to 4 September. 

Opening times are subject to change during adverse weather conditions.

  • Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm;
  • Weekends and daily during school holidays - 10am to 6pm.

Free swimming

Free swimming is available for under-11s and over-60s living in Medway during normal opening times. To take up the offer, residents will need proof that they live in Medway and will be able to do this with a free Medway City Card.

All under-11s and those over-60 will need the card to take part in free swimming and can get one for free by applying for it online at Medway City Card, or by completing a form available from leisure centres.

Adult to child ratios

Eight-year-olds and younger must be accompanied in the water by an adult. An adult is a 16-year-old or older. Three-year-olds and younger must have an adult in the water with them at all times. One adult may accompany no more than two four to seven-year-olds.

For more information contact us by telephone: 01634 333925 or by email: medwaypark@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Strand Leisure Pool and Park, Pier Approach Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1TT