The team at the Strand lido standing in front of the outdoor pool.
The team at the Strand lido standing in front of the outdoor pool.
Published: Thursday, 15th June 2023

Thanks to our sports team and support from colleagues at Medway Norse for their efforts to get The Strand lido ready for reopening today (15 June) following incidents of criminal damage.

Unfortunately, The Strand lido has been subject to incidents causing damage over recent weeks resulting in its closure. More recently, last night (14 June), further damage was caused.

However, determined not to let the minority spoil it for the rest, our teams pulled together and started clearing up early this morning to make sure Medway’s only lido is safe and ready for customers hoping to enjoy the summer sun at our outdoor pool – thank you to those who set their morning alarms even earlier to help.

We are very proud to have the UK’s only saltwater riverside outdoor pool in Medway. The Strand lido is a much-loved family attraction next to the River Medway in Gillingham. We are extremely disappointed that a minority of people are risking its temporary closure.

Causing intentional damage and vandalism is a criminal offence. It could also be dangerous to enter cold water without appropriate supervision.

Anyone with information about the suspects and incident last night (Wednesday, 14 June) is asked to report it to Kent Police by calling 01634 792209 and quoting reference 14-1772.

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