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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 the map editor with details.

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  1. 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...

  2. Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool

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

  3. Brockwell Park Lido

    This Grade II art deco lido was renovated and refurbished in 2005 with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund and is now run by...

  4. Charlton Lido

    Constructed of red brick, with water cascades at the shallow end, this unheated lido was opened in 1939 and stays open all year round, with...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Portobello Beach

    Access to the beach off the main road between Joppa and the far end off Portobello. The public baths at the bottom of Bellfield...

  9. 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....

  10. 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...

  11. Sandsend - Whitby

  12. 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...

  13. Tenby - North Beach

    http://www.tenbyboxingdayswim.co.uk/

  14. 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...

  15. 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;...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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

  19. Buck Shore - Swanage

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

  20. Right of Boscombe Pier

    Every Christmas Day, hundreds of people ranging from 3-70 take part in this charitable fancy dress dip in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally. This year...

  21. 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...

  22. 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,...

  23. 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.

  24. 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....

  25. Hathersage Pool

    Bare in mind the Summer Timetable is biased towards locals with a swimming pass and the small pool can become tremendously busy. On the other...

  26. 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...

  27. Beyond The Blue, Shore Rd.

    We post swims on Facebook and swim all year round.

  28. 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...

  29. 2016/17 Open Water Swimming Series - Round 5

    The Open Water Swimming Series is Australia's premier collection of open water swimming events, with 16 events throughout Western Australia in 2016/17. Coogee Beach...

  30. 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...

  31. Lowestoft

    LOWESTOFT Christmas Day Swim - 40th Anniversary This year the aim is simply 'BIGGER & BETTER'. The swim has raised over £29,000 since SLT took on...

  32. 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/

  33. Jubliee Beach, Marine Parade, Southend on Sea

    SOUTHEND RNLI New Year's Day Dip Jubilee Beach. Marine Parade, Southend on Sea Following a successful Boxing Day Dip in 2015 and 2017, it was only right to bring the event...

  34. 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

  35. Hartlepool

    HARTLEPOOL Round Table Boxing Day Dip Staincliffe Hotel, The Cliff, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool TS25 1AB Check-in from 10am on 26th December 2017. Register online before the event. ...

  36. 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...

  37. The Little Haven Beach, South Shields

    SOUTH SHIELDS St Clare’s Hospice Boxing Day Dip Join the 2017 Boxing Day Dip for some brr-illiant fun! It's a great way to blow away those Christmas...

  38. Deal

    DEAL Boxing Day Dip 2017, North side of Deal Pier, 11am Fancy dress optional. Please pre-book participation before Sunday 17th December. Don't worry, you can pay £10 on...

  39. Sunny Sands Beach

    FOLKESTONE Boxing Day Dip 2017, Sunny Sands Beach Registration at the Mariner, 16 The Stade, Folkestone, CT19 6AB from 11:15am Fancy Dress Judging on the beach at 12:45...

  40. Crooklets Beach, Bude

    BUDE SLSC Christmas Day Swim 2017 This is a fund-raising event for Bude SLSC whose volunteers work hard to help keep people safe on our beaches. Lifeguard...

  41. Gylly Beach, Falmouth

    FALMOUTH Gylly Beach Christmas Day Swim Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth 10am (approx), 25th December 2017

  42. Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis

  43. The Pier, Paignton

    PAIGNTON Walk Into the Sea, Boxing Day 2017 The Paignton Walk Into the Sea started on 26th December, 1976 and what was a one-off has now...

  44. Hayle Bay, Cornwall

    POLZEATH Christmas Day Swim 2017, Hayle Bay, Cornwall 1Meet 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

  45. 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...

  46. Blackroot Pool

    SUTTON COLDFIELD Christmas Day Swim 2017 10am Blackroot Pool, Sutton Park Sutton’s Christmas Day swim has become an annual tradition - and this year is expected to...

  47. 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...

  48. Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor

    BANGOR Action Medical Research Annual Boxing Day Swim Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor 0.45 for 11.00, 26th December The SPARKS NI Annual Boxing Day Swim challenge 2016 will...

  49. 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...

  50. 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...

  51. South Queensferry, Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH The Stoats Loony Dook 2018 (Unfortunately this event has already SOLD OUT.  One to book early next year) Welcome 2018 with a splash by taking...

  52. Helensburgh

    HELENSBURGH New Year Swim, Helensburgh Lifeboat Station, Rhu Marina, G84 8LH Noon, 1st January 2018 Hot soup for intrepid swimmers http://www.helensburgh-lifeboats.org.uk/index.htm

  53. Brodick Jetty

    ISLE OF ARRAN Douglas Dook Brodick Jetty 12 noon, 1st January 2018 - please confirm time with the Douglas Hotel. The annual splash into the chilly Firth...

  54. Limekilns Beach

    LIMEKILNS BREAKFAST DIP New Year's Day 2018, 12-2.30pm Limekilns Beach, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 3 Raising money to rebuild the 16th Century pier that sits right next...

  55. Prestwick Esplanade

  56. Porthcawl

    PORTHCAWL The 53rd Annual Porthcawl Swim The Hi-Tide Inn, Mackworth Road, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF36 5BT 10.30 for 11.45am, 25th December 2017 The Porthcawl Christmas Swim has been raising thousands...

  57. 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...

  58. 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...

  59. Avon Beach, Christchurch

    Start the New Year refreshed and energised ! Perfect way to begin the year! Excellent hangover cure ! Meet on beach in front of Noisy...

  60. Tragumna Beach

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

  61. 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...

  62. 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...

  63. Budleigh Salterton

    Festive Swim - Christmas Day 10.00 start, from the bottom of Steamer Steps. A sloping set of steps down the cliff at the seaward end of...

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