Saltdean Lido dog swim

Once a year Saltdean Lido opens its doors to dogs (and their human companions). The Lido is an iconic art deco building near Brighton, loved by locals. This end of season event sees hundreds of dogs make a splash with profits going towards renovation of the main building.

Always keen to squeeze the most out of any adventure we rented a dog-friendly Airbnb in Hove and spent the weekend ambling along the promenade (taking a beach hut selfie or two), hunting for crab shells along the coast and chatting with dog-loving locals.

Brighton is clearly a great place to raise a pup. One of our highlights was stumbling across Withdean Park - every city should have a green space like this. Affectionately known as ‘Puppy Park’, stunning Withdean overlooks the city and is securely fenced (originally put up to protect the lilac trees from rabbits) perfect for little escape artists like Molly.

(Photo: A. Imms)

(Photo: A. Imms)


When it was time to hit the pool on Sunday, we popped Molly in her life jacket and hoped the weather would be on our side.

Both the main pool and puppy (kids) pool were open to the dogs. Molly’s much more comfortable when her paws are touching the ground but she’s a strong swimmer, she just hasn’t realised it yet. With the sun shining and surrounded by so many new dogs she was in her element. The natural waterdogs (retrievers, spaniels…) threw themselves at the pool, while others (frenchies, chihuahuas…) tiptoed around it seemingly waiting for the water to come to them :)

We finished the weekend overlooking the English Channel at the White Cliffs Cafe, with a celebratory puppuccino.

White Cliffs Cafe

Check out more beautiful photos of the event on The Dogvine and The Londog.