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Swimming at Hartwell Farm in Cranfield

Happy Nappies!

If your baby or toddler is still in nappies, you will need to use a 'double wrap' nappy system when you swim with us.

The first layer is a disposable swim nappy and the second layer is a Happy Nappy or equivalent. The Happy Nappy by Splash About is a tight fitting pair of pants, made out of wetsuit material that stops anything leaking into the pool. This is a requirement if your baby/toddler is still in nappies. We have them for sale here at poolside in a range of sizes and colors/designs. For more information please visit the Happy Nappy website

Pool Timetable

Because we have limited capacity, we ask all our visitors to the pool to book online before their visit using our online booking system.

  • 08:00
  • 08:30
  • 09:00
  • 09:30
  • 10:00
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  • 11:00
  • 11:30
  • 12:00
  • 12:30
  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
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  • 15:00
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  • 18:00
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Term Dates 2024/25

Term 1

Monday 9th September 2024 to Saturday 26th October 2024

Term 2

Monday 4th November 2024 to Saturday 14th December 2024

Term 3

Monday 6th January 2025 to Saturday 14th February 2025

Term 4

Monday 24th February 2025 to Saturday 5th April 2025

Term 5

Monday 28th April 2025 to Saturday 24th May 2025

Term 6

Monday 2nd June 2025 to Saturday 20th July 2025

Swim School Classes

Swimming lessons for babies and toddlers

Lessons are taught by highly qualified swim instructors using the latest techniques in swim teaching. The classes are broken down into age and ability

The following classes are available:


This class is for are very youngest babies up to 6 months of age. The class is designed to get parent and baby used to the water and to build confidence. Age range is from 4 weeks to six months.


This class will continue to get your baby used to water and we will be getting them to use their hands and feet. They will start to learn how to hold on to the side independently. Age range is from approximately 7 months to 12 months.


This class is for children who are developing their water confidence. They will be encouraged to develop their hand and eye coordination and be able to move around the pool by developing skills. Safety around water is developed in this class. Age range 12 months to 24 months.


This class is for the independent toddler who wants to try new things in the water. They will be encouraged to ask questions about the water and how to get around in a confident way. Age range is 24 months to 36 months.


In this class we think about body position in the water and improving breath control. Children will be able to link moves together and move towards independent swimming. Age range is 36 months to 48 months.


In this class we are developing the independent swimmer either with or without floats. We will look at breathing techniques and strokes.


This class is for children who are independent swimmers who need to develop their techniques and strokes.


This class is for school age children of 5 and 6 years of age that are complete beginners and have, as yet, not learnt to swim. Your child will learn the basic rules of pool safety including entering and exiting the water safely. They will learn to feel confident in the water, both on their front and back. Children will be introduced to front and back paddle as well as breast stroke and leg kick. They will be working towards being able to swim without aids for 2 meters.


This class is for children who are 6 to 7 years old who are beginning their swimming journey. They will already be able to swim approximately 10 meters but will need support with their water confidence as well as experimenting with different strokes and breathe control. They will continue to develop their ongoing stroke work.


Mallards will usually be 6 or 7 years of age. They will be able to swim between 10 meters and 25 meters unaided. During these sessions the children will retrieve objects from the bottom of the pool as well as collecting a variety of floating objects. They will develop underwater confidence by swimming through hoops and other larger floating objects. They will also continue to develop their stroke work.

Leisure Swimming

Leisure Swimming is specifically for men and women who want to swim in a relaxed and informal environment in our beautiful and warm pool. Lucy Green - our swim instructor - will be on hand to give advice on everything from technique and breathing to supporting the non swimmer who wants to learn or brush up.

About the Pool

The pool is ideal for learners as it is 1.2 meters deep throughout. It is also great for Aqua Fit because no one should be out of their depth during these classes. It is 10 metres long so is super for ‘lane’ swimmers too.

The Pool is a warm and inviting place for learning to swim. The temperature is kept at 33 °C and all our swimmers comment on how lovely it is to enter a pool and not come out freezing! The room temperature is kept at one degree lower than the water temperature, so if you are coming to spectate wear light clothing!

When we built the pool in 2002 and wanted to bring a bit of the seaside to Cranfield, so we instructed a local artist to capture Southwold in Suffolk on the walls along one side of the Pool House.

Additional Features

  • ‘Roman End’ for easy access to and from the water
  • Two well equipped changing areas with baby changing mats and travel cots
  • Ample luxury showering facilities
  • Toilet
  • Fluffy bath mats
  • A very extensive range of teaching aids and floatation devices for both our Adult and Child classes
  • Beautiful artwork and vaulted ceiling inside the Pool House
  • Plenty of viewing areas for non swimmers and spectators
  • Patio area for warmer days
  • Non slip pool surround
  • Clean, inviting and warm environment for changing before and after your swim!

See our history page to find out about the history of the farm and the Howe family.


We ask all visitors to Hartwell Farm to park in the yard and not on Court Road, as there is ample parking on site.

Please note that Hartwell Farm is a non smoking site

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Hartwell Farm
25 Court Road
Beds MK43 0D

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