Oasis Beach Pool to reopen to the public but flumes to remain closed

The much-loved pool will partially reopen on Thursday 20 May

After being closed for more than a year, Oasis Beach Pool will finally reopen to swimmers from tomorrow (Thursday).

However, the unique flumes, wave machine and other water features won’t be up and running just yet, in order to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Fusion Lifestyle reassured the Bedford Independent that its team had been working hard to prepare the centre to welcome back the local community and in order to operate in line with government safety guidelines.

Those planning to visit will still be required to book and pay online, to ensure contact is minimised and allowing for the track and trace process to be implemented.

Gym users will be asked to arrive ready to work out, and swimmers with their costumes under their clothes, ready to go.

In a statement, Fusion Lifestyle said: “These measures, combined with meticulous cleaning routines, are designed to keep customers safe and offer complete confidence to use the facilities when they return to the centre.”

The centre will be open daily, but customers are advised to refer to the centre’s website for opening hours.

Bookings can be made up to seven days in advance, via download of the Fusion Lifestyle app or visit www.fusion-lifestyle.com to register and use the online booking facility.

Improvements underway

While the inside of the beach pool might have been receving the attention of the Fusion teams, the outside is still in need of some TLC.

Back in July 2020, the Bedford Independent reported on residents’ anger that the exterior of the iconic building had become an eye-sore.

Read: “It looks disgusting” anger as Oasis Swimming Pool continues to let Bedford down

A visit to the site yesterday revealed that not only is the entrance sign missing half of its letters, but the sign welcoming visitors is in dire need of an update, or at the very least, a clean.


Acknowledging the external issues, Fusion Lifestyle’s director of operations, Anthony Cawley, said: “We are working closely with Bedford Borough Council to improve the aesthetic appearance of the external areas at Oasis Beach Pool and plans are underway for improvement works.

“Unfortunately the site has suffered from vandalism during various lockdowns however, Fusion Lifestyle and the borough council are committed to improving the appearance of the facilities for local residents.

“We would like to reassure those planning to visit the centre that the facilities inside are clean, welcoming and ready for them to use.”

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