jubilee swimming pool
jubilee swimming pool

About Jubilee Pool

Jubilee Swimming Pool & Gym in Knowle, Bristol is a five-lane, 22-metre pool which opened in 1937. A 15-station fitness gym was added in 2012. Read more here about the history of the pool and its striking Art Deco design.

Jubilee Pool is well-loved by the community of South Bristol and draws people from across South Bristol, other parts of the city and even from areas outside it. We know how important it is for people’s physical and mental health, and opportunities for social connection.

There are lots of ways to get active at Jubilee, including general swimming, family swims, swimming lessons for children and adults, aquafit, and accessible sessions for people with a range of disabilities. The pool is also used by local primary schools and community groups.

Jubilee Pool’s smaller size is also important to people who struggle to access larger pools, including people with learning or sensory disabilities, people with chronic illness or pain, older people, and survivors of violence and abuse.

Jubilee is part of local history and contributes to South Bristol’s sense of community, serving as a hub where people can come together.

Jubilee Pool was threatened with closure multiple times from 2011 due to local authority budget cuts. The community reached a point where taking the pool into community ownership through a Community Asset Transfer from Bristol City Council became the only option to save it from permanent closure in 2022.

Jubilee Swimming Pool & Gym in Knowle, About Page

About Friends of Jubilee Pool

Friends of Jubilee Pool is a group of passionate local community volunteers who took on this challenge. In October 2022, Jubilee Pool & Gym became the first community-run swimming pool in Bristol.

FoJP’s objects are to promote and provide/assist in provision of leisure/recreation facilities for the people of Knowle and surrounding areas, in the interests of their social welfare. FoJP is accountable for all aspects of the pool building, including its repair, maintenance and renewal, and for delivering a swimming pool and gym service to the community. The aim is to make Jubilee Pool even more inclusive and accessible, ensuring it has a sustainable future.

FoJP works in partnership with Parkwood Leisure Limited/Lex Leisure (CIC) to manage day-to-day operation of the pool on a not-for-profit basis. 

You can find out more about Friends of Jubilee Pool here, including how you can get involved in helping to run and support this amazing facility.