SWIMMERS will soon be able to splash out in Butlin’s new swimming pool in Bognor Regis.
The thriving holiday company has revealed its £40m facility is set to open in early April.
The site will provide water fun for almost 1,000 guests at a time. It will boast unique seaside and fairground-themed rides and interiors as well as a wave pool and a special area for toddlers.
The pool complex has taken shape just inside the eastern boundary of the holiday resort’s seafront site.
The large investment in the pool is in addition to £6m being spent on contemporary upgrades and refurbishments in all accommodation types across Butlin’s three sites in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness.
The outlay comes as the famous company is celebrating a four per cent growth in summer holiday bookings compared to a year ago.
Butlin’s managing director Jon Hendry-Pickup said: “I fully appreciate why concerns over foreign travel post-Brexit, delays that holidaymakers encountered at airports and ports last year, and even the very recent issues with flight problems due to the drones, means that UK families are looking for a more convenient, hassle-free break.
“The demand for a Butlin’s break in 2019 is very encouraging and we feel it shows that families want lots to keep them entertained day and night, quality accommodation and delicious food options.
“It’s what Sir Billy Butlin set out to deliver more than 80 years ago and it is what our guests still value today.”
Planning permission for the new pool and its 558-space decked car park was sought by Butlin’s in October, 2016.
It has replaced 1,005 bedspaces in staff and guest accommodation chalets.
A third bigger than the current pool, a central feature will be a rapid river which is designed to take bathers’ breath away as it transports them on a watery journey of exhilaration.
Bognor Regis resort director Jeremy Pardey said in 2016: “This is a huge investment for Bognor Regis which will secure the resort guest experience for the next 25 years. It shows great confidence by our parent company, Bourne Leisure, in the future of the resort.”