Open air pool marks return of summer

Written by Jeremy Wilton on .

Woodgreen PoolBanbury will celebrate the arrival of summer with the return of its annual triathlon followed by the opening of Woodgreen Outdoor Pool.

On Sunday, 19 May, the leisure centre, in Woodgreen Avenue, Banbury, will provide the starting and finishing points for the annual triathlon ahead of the pool opening to the public six days later on Saturday, 25 May.

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell District Council’s deputy leader, said: “For many the Banbury Triathlon and the opening of the outdoor pool signals the arrival of summer.

"Many people look forward to either competing or watching the triathlon or taking a dip in the pool under sunny skies. I have no doubt Woodgreen Outdoor Pool will once again prove to be a popular venue for people to enjoy the summer months.”

The Banbury Triathlon will get under way at 8am starting at Woodgreen Leisure Centre with a 750 metre swim followed by a 20 kilometre bike ride around Oxfordshire and finally a five kilometre run back to Woodgreen.

The following weekend the outdoor pool will open to the public from 10am. It will then remain open for designated public swimming sessions every day until the season ends in September.

Other activities will include Early Bird sessions from 7am - 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Swim Club, water polo and pool parties. The season will end in September.

Admission prices for each swimming session cost £3.80 for adults, £2.40 for juniors/ senior citizens and £11.80 for a family ticket covering two adults and up to three children. 

Children under eight-years-old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. More information can be found at the Cherwell District Council website at or Parkwood Leisure at