Shoalstone Pool is an outdoor 53 metre sea water swimming Pool situated
in a stunning position on Brixham sea front. The Pool is one of only a few
left in the country. It is built into a natural rock pool that in Victorian times
was popular for bathing. As a salt water Pool, there is an abundant supply
of water; however in 1896 two walls were built to retain the tidal water
that flooded in.
Thirty years later after the First World War and in 1926, the Pool took on
its current design and had a lot of rock removed to make it deeper and
add a shallow end and deep end, with a gently sloping bottom.
The Pool was closed during the Second World War. In 1946, with the end
of the war, the Pool was re-opened and used for many years by local
people and holidaymakers alike. Shut throughout the winter the Pool was
opened each season by a local lady, Minnie Bowman, who jumped off
the diving board wrapped in a Union Flag!
In early 1979 a severe storm badly damaged the Pool and its concrete
structure. Torbay Council considered closure but the local popularity
shone through again and it was repaired and kept open. The Pool when
repaired had a new wall on the seaward side built to protect it further.
In 2004 Torbay Council could no longer afford to support the Pool. A
public meeting was convened and a decision taken to create a working
party to look at keeping the Pool open. This subsequently became "The
Friends of Shoalstone Pool" who worked with Torbay Council to maintain
the Pool thus reducing the cost to Torbay Council.
When setting its budget in 2014 Torbay Council drew up plans to close Shoalstone Pool. Following prolonged negotiations Brixham Town Council (“BTC”) entered into a lease under which Torbay Council leases Shoalstone Pool, together with the land and buildings surrounding the Pool to BTC. Torbay Council remains the freeholder. Shoalstone Pool is managed on behalf of BTC by Shoalstone Pool CIC.
The Pool is funded from donations, grants, fund-raising, sponsorship, advertising on site, car park revenue and the hire charges for beach huts and beach furniture.
Shoalstone Pool is much used by local people and is very popular with tourists. The number of visitors per year depends upon the weather but several thousand people use the Pool each year, mainly, of course, between May and September. The pool is also available for hire to clubs and for parties
Cost: The Pool is free for use. If you enjoy a splash please give us some cash. We depend on donations from visitors to the Pool.
Access: Limited - There is an access ramp to the promenade, but steps down from the car park to the Pool and onto the beach. The Pool area is level. Access is from the main road to Berry Head. There is a local bus service nearby.
Facilities / Equipment: Café, deckchair and sun loungers hire. You can relax on the large open areas surrounding the Pool. Near by public toilets (open end of May to end of August), including disabled facilities. ‘There is a cold water shower on the pool side’. Adequate parking at the back of the Pool in Shoalstone car park. A picnic area above the Pool.
Supervision: Lifeguards are on duty at the Pool during the summer season. [Subject to availability] Visitors should check before swimming.
Safety: First aid is available during the summer season when Lifeguards are on duty and they also have safety equipment.
Dogs: are not allowed onto the Pool surround at all. Dogs on the promenade above the Pool must be kept on their leads
Refreshments: 'Shoals Shack' kiosk and Shoals Café on the Lido provide a full range of refreshments. [VIEW]