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It’s the season to freeze your baubles off!

Up and down the UK there are Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day swims to join in. Here’s a guide to when and where. The information given below is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of compiling the list, but please check the links for up to date information. Please also see the OSS website for more information about the risks and hazards of winter swimming, and jumping into cold water as a one off particularly.

This is a crowd-sourced map - please do add images and descriptions to locations. If you have any swims you would like added to the list, please email wildswimmap@gmail.com with details.

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  1. Hathersage Pool

    Visited by Roger Deakin in 1996 and revisited in spring 2014 by Joe Minihane for his book Floating: A Life Regained. Bare in mind the Summer...

  2. Felixstowe Beach

    Nice sand and shingle beach with easy parking and food/drink opportunites at many points. Much of the beach has a wide promenade. Felixstowe Swimscapes meet...

  3. Beyond The Blue, Shore Rd.

    We post swims on Facebook and swim all year round.

  4. Sandycove beach

    Wonderful sheltered cove, great for the kids when the tide is halfway in/out because of the sandy bottom. Great sandcastle building ;-) There is a very...

  5. Sandford Parks Lido - Cheltenham

    One of the grand old ladies of the lido world - huge 50m pool and separate children's pool in a park like setting. Heated during the...

  6. Lowestoft

    LOWESTOFT Christmas Day Swim 2018 SWIMMER APPLICATIONS FOR THE LOWESTOFT CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM ARE NOW OPEN !! This year the aim is simply 'BIGGER & BETTER'. This...

  7. Mundesley

    MUNDESLEY Boxing Day Dip, 10.30 for 11.00am Refreshments served from 10:30 and dip at 11:00. Prize for best Fancy Dress. More information closer to the event. http://www.mundesleylifeboat.co.uk/

  8. Jubliee Beach, Marine Parade, Southend on Sea

    SOUTHEND RNLI Boxing Day Dip 2018 Jubilee Beach. Marine Parade, Southend on Sea For further information: http://southendlifeboat.org/activitybase/upcoming-events/

  9. Spittal Beach

    BERWICK Boxing Day Dip, starts at 11am Spittal Beach, Berwick Conditions/ Price: Sponsor form entry, spectators free. Link: http://www.berwick-tc.gov.uk/events/event.htm?pk=126

  10. Hartlepool

    HARTLEPOOL Round Table Boxing Day Dip Staincliffe Hotel, The Cliff, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool TS25 1AB Registrations and bookings will this year take place at The Marine Hotel,...

  11. Redcar, North Yorkshire

    REDCAR Boxing Day Dip - The Livery, Redcar, North Yorkshire, 10.15am Join hundreds of dippers raise funds for their favourite charity in this dip organised by...

  12. The Little Haven Beach, South Shields

    SOUTH SHIELDS St Clare’s Hospice Boxing Day Dip Join the 2018 Boxing Day Dip for some brr-illiant fun! It's a great way to blow away those Christmas...

  13. Deal

    DEAL Boxing Day Dip 2018, North side of Deal Pier, 11am Fancy dress optional. Please pre-book participation before Sunday 16th December. Don't worry, you can pay £10 on...

  14. Sunny Sands Beach

    FOLKESTONE Boxing Day Dip 2018, Sunny Sands Beach There will be commemorative medals for all ‘Dippers’, local radio coverage and, of course, thousands of spectators to cheer...

  15. Crooklets Beach, Bude

    BUDE SLSC Christmas Day Swim 2018 This is a fund-raising event for Bude SLSC whose volunteers work hard to help keep people safe on our beaches. Lifeguard...

  16. Gylly Beach, Falmouth

    FALMOUTH Gylly Beach Christmas Day Swim Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth 10am (approx), 25th December 2018

  17. Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis

  18. The Pier, Paignton

    PAIGNTON Walk Into the Sea, Boxing Day The Paignton Walk Into the Sea started on 26th December, 1976 and what was a one-off has now...

  19. Hayle Bay, Cornwall

    POLZEATH Christmas Day Swim 2018, Hayle Bay, Cornwall Meet at 11am sharp for an icy dip. Over four hundred people take part. Wetsuits are strictly forbidden. http://www.classicguide.co.uk/attractions/polzeath-christmas-day-swim.html

  20. Corbyn Beach, Torquay

    TORQUAY, Corbyn Beach opposite Grand Hotel 10.30 for 11am, 26th December The Boxing Day Dip is an annual event organized by No. 200 (Torquay) Squadron Air Training...

  21. Blackroot Pool

    SUTTON COLDFIELD Christmas Day Swim 2018 10am Blackroot Pool, Sutton Park Sutton’s Christmas Day swim has become an annual tradition - and this year is expected to...

  22. Broughty Ferry Harbour

    BROUGHTY FERRY YEABBA New Year’s Day Dook, 11am Broughty Ferry harbour. Over the years participation in the Dook has increased dramatically now attracting over three hundred...

  23. Burghead, Moray

    BURGHEAD Boxing Day Swim Gather at the Harbour Office (opposite the Harbour Inn), Burghead, Moray at 2.30pm (registration from noon). For this year’s swim, the nominated...

  24. South Queensferry, Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH The Loony Dook 2019 - 1 January 2019, 12.30pm * Check-in open from 10.30am. * Dookers must buy a ticket in advance and check-in on the...

  25. Helensburgh

    HELENSBURGH New Year Swim, Helensburgh Lifeboat Station, Rhu Marina, G84 8LH Noon, 1st January 2019 Hot soup for intrepid swimmers http://www.helensburgh-lifeboats.org.uk/index.htm

  26. Isle of Arran, Brodick Jetty

    ISLE OF ARRAN Douglas Dook Brodick Jetty 12 noon, 1st January 2019 - please confirm time with the Douglas Hotel. The annual splash into the chilly Firth...

  27. Limekilns Beach

    LIMEKILNS BREAKFAST DIP New Year's Day 2019, 12-2.30pm Limekilns Beach, Dunfermline, Fife https://www.facebook.com/events/302146607305892/

  28. Porthcawl

    The 54th Annual Porthcawl Swim The Hi-Tide Inn, Mackworth Road, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF36 5BT 10.30 for 11.45am, 25th December 2018 The Porthcawl Christmas Swim has been raising...

  29. Rhyl

    RHYL Boxing Day Swim, 12 noon, Rhyl Lifeboat Station Come along to support the RNLI on Boxing Day and take the sea dip challenge to support...

  30. Saundersfoot Beach

    SAUNDERSFOOT New Year’s Day Swim, 12.30pm Saundersfoot Beach, Pembrokeshire From 17 hardy souls braving the waves on Boxing Day 1984 to raise funds for their local sports...

  31. South Landing Beach, Flamborough

    There is an annual Boxing Day Dip held at 10.45am on South Landing beach to help raise funds for the local Pre-school. Sponsorship forms available...

  32. Teignmouth Pier

    Openwater swim training is held every Monday evening at Teignmouth from mid May to the end of September. Members meet at the Lighthouse car park...

  33. Charlton Lido

    The Lido at Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club is the Capital's second 50m heated outdoor pool, located in Hornfair Park. Fitness lane swimming is always...

  34. Tooting Bec Lido

    This lido is home to the thriving South London Swimming Club which swims all year round, with races every Sunday. A friendly lido, with...

  35. Hunstanton Promenade

    A run-down seaside town, still clinging quaintly to its nickname 'Sunny Hunny', Hunstanton seems to have overtaken Brighton and Margate as the London and Home...

  36. Cromer East Beach

    Festive Swim - Boxing Day Cromer looks like a wedding cake from the sea with pastel pink, blue & white houses perched on a steep cliff...

  37. Llandudno, North Shore

    An annual sea swim with around 200 participants, taking place in June each year. Participants choose from 750m or 1500m (1 mile) swim distances....

  38. Battery Rocks, Penzance

    A whole host of people of different ages swim from Battery Rocks in Penzance every day. It's not a new place to swim. I just...

  39. Sandsend - Whitby

  40. St. Ives

    An area of sea that is sectioned off and patrolled by the RNLI. Lots of space for swimming and the waves aren't as large as...

  41. Tenby - North Beach

  42. West Bay Wallow - Boxing Day swim

    Join in the fun with this Fancy Dress wallow. Watched from the relative warmth of the Harbour side by a crowd estimated to be over...

  43. Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool

    20m sheltered freshwater pool. Built in the early 1900s and upgraded in the 1970s. Tel: 01364 642222

  44. Sennen Cove

    A beautiful sweeping bay, white sand and dolphins a common sight. Ideal for swimming and surfing. There is a surf school here. Great for families;...

  45. Aberdeen Lions Club 'Nippy Dipper' Boxing Day swim

    Kick the Christmas indigestion with an invigorating dip in the North Sea. Raise funds for your own charity or non-profit group, or support the Lions...

  46. Sunderland - Seaburn

    A picturesque spot for a sea swim. Great beach for the non-swimmers. A handy meeting point is Little Italy restaurant. Just next to Morrisons, where...

  47. USwim, Dock 9, Salford Quays

    Open water swim sessions Weds/Sat April - Sept. Marked course, wetsuit hire, changing facilities, hot drinks, safety boats. Ideal for open water training. See http://www.uswimopenwater.com/venue/dock-9-media-city/ for info

  48. Buck Shore - Swanage

    Small shingle beach by the sailing club. Good for a dip/swim round the old pier.

  49. Boscombe Pier

  50. Stonehaven harbour

    The far side of Stonehaven harbour beyond the marinas is perfect for sea swimming and there is beach for the children to play on whilst...

  51. Crawfordsburn

    Crawfordsburn is the bay just east of Helen's Bay. The beach, which is 1km long, is part of Crawfordsburn Country Park which which boasts,...

  52. Stokes Bay Bayside - Gosport

    A great place to have a swim. Right next to a cafe so you can have a nice cup of tea afterwards.

  53. Sidmouth Town Beach

    The tiny bit of sand when the tide is out means that this beach is more popular with families than Jacob's Ladder around the corner....

  54. Tragumna Beach

    Skibbereen Rowing Club Annual Christmas Day Swim at Tragumna Beach, County Cork, Ireland at 12 noon. All welcome. Fancy dress optional.

  55. Exmouth Beach

    A long expanse of sand reaching from the town to the end of the esplanade road. Plenty of parking on the roadside but really...

  56. Whitley Bay

    Festive Swim - New Year's Day The Panama Swimming Club will be holding its annual New Year's Day swim at The Clubhouse, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside...

  57. Budleigh Salterton

    A sloping set of steps down the cliff at the seaward end of Rolle Road, which leads up from the lower end of the High...

  58. Weymouth Harbour

    The annual swim of Weymouth Harbour on Christmas Day is organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club. Last year over 150 took part raising many thousands...

  59. Portobello New Year's Dook

    In aid of the Thistle Foundation. Why not start this new year with a splash?? Join our merry bunch of FUNdraisers on 1st January 2019 down...

  60. Shoalstone Pool last swim of the year

    Shoalstone Pool is a 53 metre sea water swimming Pool situated in a stunning position on Brixham sea front: one of only a few left...

  61. Portishead Open Air Pool

    Portishead Open Air Pool aka Portishead Lido is an open air pool built in 1962, 33m x 12.5, with stunning views of the Severn estuary...

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