History of The Worthing Lido

In 1897 an elegant birdcage bandstand was built west of Worthing Pier by W McFarland (Glasgow). For nearly thirty years holidaymakers and residents enjoyed numerous band concerts and the Worthing Borough Band regularly performed there.

Then in 1907 a shelter was erected between the bandstand and beach to provide seating for promenaders to enjoy the music in comfort.

The bandstand was demolished in 1925 and replaced with a D-shaped Band Enclosure (now a grade 2 Listed building), designed by Adshead and Ramsey.

The new band enclosure cost £25,000 and seated 2184 people. It was opened on 1st August 1925 and the Royal Engineers Band were the first to perform.

The original sloping canopy over the stage was replaced in 1929 by the present domed roof.

Over the years interest in band music declined and eventually in 1957 the site was converted into an unheated swimming pool and renamed the Lido.

The Lido was a popular venue before Spain and the Costas became tourist destinations. The Lido pool contained purified seawater and was open until 1988 when it held dolphins from the Brighton Sealife Centre for a year whilst their permanent accommodation was being rebuilt.

According to the 1960 tourist guide admission to the Lido was 1/6 for adults and 9d for children and spectators.

In the Winter of 1989/90 the pool was finally built over and the present day Family Entertainment Centre was developed on the site.

The site has remained as a Family Entertainment Centre ever since and in 2014 planning permission was granted for a semi-retractable roof to cover the outside area subject to securing necessary funding.

During the 2015 season the bandstand played host to the largest programme of free entertainment seen in recent years. This is hoped to continue throughout 2016 and for years to come.

Click Here to see historical photos of The Worthing Lido