Droitwich Lido has extended its winter swimming programme after hardy souls jumped at the chance to take the plunge over the Christmas period.

Lido bosses introduced the scheduled one-hour sessions in December, representing the first-ever time it had opened its doors for winter swims.

They proved a smash hit with local punters, who came in their droves to paddle in the chilly waters. 

In fact, it was so popular, the lido has now decided to introduce additional slots throughout January. 

The sessions will run on both Saturday and Sunday every weekend until the end of the month from 8-9am and 9-10am.

Sessions will be available to book online eight days in advance so everyone gets a chance to brave the cold.

The lido says they are to be treated like a wild swim, meaning while the pool will be chlorinated, it won't be heated.

Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre & The Lido said: "Cold water swimming has some incredible benefits to your physical and mental health.

"Apart from the obvious increased cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, one of the benefits to these swims is amazing skin.

"Saltwater is full of magnesium, calcium and potassium which is all great for the skin.

"The water is also a mild antiseptic and may encourage damaged skin to heal.

"By regularly cold water swimming, you can increase your tolerance to stress.

"The cold water creates a stress reaction in the body, which by regularly doing, can increase your tolerance to all types of stress. Other benefits include a self-esteem boost & post swim high!"

Swimmers will have to sign a disclaimer upon entry if they wish to take a dip.

The lido has also issued several tips for swimmers to ensure their safety in the chilly conditions, which can be found on their website.