Kings Cross Bathing Pond

Part of the King’s Cross public art program and charmingly titled Of Soil And Water, this is actually an interactive art installation, but for family intents and purposes it’s simply a fantastic new outdoor swim space surrounded by wild flowers! At 40m long and with a 40 bather maximum occupancy you’re guaranteed a peaceful and spacious swim and wonderfully for folks with skin conditions or chemical sensitivity the water is purified entirely through natural processes and filters, which include submerged and wetland plants.

There are toilets, lockers, changing rooms and showers so despite the wild look of the place it’s delightfully civilised, plus you can either picnic in the Lewis Cubitt Park adjacent or avail yourselves of the super snackery next door at the Skip Garden Kitchen.

Being the UK’s first ever manmade freshwater bathing pond you can be sure it’s going to be very popular this summer, but they allow you to book for your chosen session time a whopping 2 weeks in advance so you’ve got every chance to get in there for a dip so long as you plan ahead! Being an all natural endeavour it is of course unheated, so with smaller kids or on colder days wetsuits will be a much better idea than swimming cozzies.