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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.

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  1. The Forty Foot Christmas Day Swim, Sandycove, Co Dublin

    People flock to this famous and beautiful spot and queue up to leap into what James Joyce described as the ‘scrotum tightening’ Irish sea every...

  2. Warleigh Weir Boxing Day Swim

    Over-indulged? Sick of being indoors? Feeling overly warm? To comfortable in your warm house and christmas jumper? ...

  3. Greenock Esplanade

    The Esplanade in Greenock (Postcode PA16 7SE) is a good place for sea swimming. This sea swimming takes place from the club house of...

  4. Barmouth - Mawdacch Estuary

    One of my new favourite swims ever! The route to the OSS Hurly Burly 10k starts here, at Penmaenpool, and finishes on Barmouth beach. It's...

  5. West Bay Wallow Boxing Day Swim, Bridport

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

  6. Seaburn Boxing Day Dip

    The Seaburn Boxing Day dip started in 1974 and claims to be the biggest of its kind in the northern hemisphere, attracting 1,000 swimmers in...

  7. Buckfastleigh Tropical Boxing Day Splash

    Enjoy a heated Boxing Day Swim at Buckfastleigh Pool. Sessions available for kids, families and more serious swimmers - and a very special night swim...

  8. 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...

  9. Teignmouth Boxing Day Walk in the Sea

    This event by Teignmouth Pier gets bigger and better every year with more than 200 revellers running into the sea towards the Teignmouth RNLI Lifeboat...

  10. Charlton Lido Boxing Day Dip

    The Lido at Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club is a 50m heated outdoor pool, located in Hornfair Park. The Boxing Day Swim will take place...

  11. Tooting Bec Lido: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

    Tooting Bec Lido will be open for swimming sessions on Christmas and Boxing Day (8am-12 noon) and New Year's Day (8am -2pm). Further information: https://www.slsc.org.uk/opening-times/

  12. Hunstanton Christmas Day Swim

    The annual Christmas Day swim at 10am attracts thousands of spectators each year from near and far and has enjoyed fantastic support for 50 years....

  13. Llandudno Lions Club Boxing Day Dip

    The Lions Club of Llandudno have for more than 25 years, organised the annual Boxing Day Sea Dip. The dip regularly sees over 100 dippers taking the...

  14. Whitby Lions Boxing Day Dip

    This event kicks off at 10am on Boxing Day morning, with registration and fancy-dress judging taking place at the Bandstand, followed by a casual jog...

  15. St. Ives Boxing Day Swim

    Join in the fun from 12 noon on Porthminster Beach. If you don’t fancy a dip yourself, then do go along and cheer on the swimmers. There’ll...

  16. Tenby Boxing Day Swim

    Tenby Boxing Day Swim started in 1970 and has snowballed into Tenby’s main Christmas attraction, attracting around 600 swimmers - all swimming for charity -...

  17. Salford Quays New Year's Day Swim

    Start the New Year in a totally cool way by leaping into the invigorating, glacial Salford Quays. Swimmers can do a swift 100m lap of...

  18. Boscombe Pier White Christmas Dip

    Every Christmas Day, hundreds of people take part in this charitable fancy dress dip in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally. The Dip takes...

  19. Crawfordsburn New Year Dare to Dip

    Shake off the excess of Christmas and make a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach at 11am....

  20. Gosport Gafirs Lifeboat New Year's Day Swim

    The Gosport Gafirs New Year's Day swim takes place at 12 noon at Stokes Bay. Register in front of GAFIRS lifeboat station between 11.00 and...

  21. Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim

    There's a popular Boxing Day Dip on this beach every year. Further information: https://www.facebook.com/sidmouthregatta/?ref=nearbyevents.co.uk

  22. Tragumna Beach Christmas Day Swim

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

  23. Exmouth Beach Christmas Day Swim

    A Christmas tradition since 1970, the event attracts thousands of people with many being brave enough to take the plunge and go for a swim...

  24. Budleigh Salterton Christmas Day Swim

    This Christmas Day swim has a 10am start, from the bottom of Steamer Steps.

  25. Weymouth Harbour Christmas Day Swim

    The annual swim of Weymouth Harbour on Christmas Day is organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club. Swimming will start at 11am preceded by registration...

  26. Portobello New Year's Dook

    The annual Porty Loony Dook meets at 1pm on New Year's Day. Further information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2466495600265366/

  27. Felixstowe Beach Christmas Day Dip

    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...

  28. 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...

  29. Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim

    This year the aim is simply 'BIGGER & BETTER'. This year will see the swim in its 42nd year and so we are aiming for...

  30. Mundesley Boxing Day Dip

    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/

  31. Southend on Sea Boxing Day Dip

    SOUTHEND RNLI's Boxing Day dip meets at Jubilee Beach. Marine Parade, Southend on Sea. For further information: http://southendlifeboat.org/boxingdaydip/

  32. Berwick Boxing Day Dip

    Meet at Spittal Beach, Berwick, for the Boxing Day Dip, which starts at 11am Conditions/ Price: Sponsor form entry, spectators free.

  33. Hartlepool Boxing Day Dip

    The Hartlepool Round Table Boxing Day Dip meets at the Marine Hotel, The Front, Seaton. We do however, advise everyone to try to register...

  34. Redcar Boxing Day Dip, North Yorkshire

    Join hundreds of dippers raise funds for their favourite charity in this dip organised by Redcar Rotary Club - now in its 50th year. Includes a...

  35. South Shields Boxing Day Dip

    The St Clare’s Hospice Boxing Day Dip includes a fancy dress award and a hot drink afterwards. Registration (£5) takes place at The Dunes, Sea Rd,...

  36. Deal Boxing Day Dip

    The start time for Deal Boxing Day Dip 2019 has been changed to 9.30am this year to account for the high tide, with registration beginning...

  37. Folkstone Boxing Day Dip

    The Folkstone Boxing Day Dip 2019 at Sunny Sands Beach includes commemorative medals for all ‘Dippers’, local radio coverage and thousands of spectators for moral...

  38. Bude Christmas Day Swim

    The Bude Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) Christmas Day "no wetsuits" Swim attracts around 500 dippers per year, raising funds for the Bude SLSC service....

  39. Falmouth Christmas Day Swim

    Meet at Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth, at 10am (approx).

  40. Lyme Regis New Year Swim

    The Lyme Lunge is a fancy dress dip for charity in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay off the Sandy Beach on New Year's Day....

  41. Paignton Boxing Day Walk into the Sea

    The Paignton Walk Into the Sea started on 26th December, 1976 and what was a one-off has now become a major Christmas Holiday attraction, with...

  42. 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

  43. Torquay Boxing Day Dip

    The Boxing Day Dip is an annual event organised by No. 200 (Torquay) Squadron Air Training Corps and is enjoyed by both members and the...

  44. Sutton Coldfield Christmas Day Swim

    Sutton’s Christmas Day swim has become an annual tradition. Most people start to gather at Blackroot Pool, Sutton Park, from 9.30am in readiness for an...

  45. Broughty Ferry New Year Dook

    Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association (YAABA) New Year’s Day Dook will take place at 11am at Broughty Ferry Harbour. Over the years participation in the...

  46. Burghead Boxing Day Swim

    This year's Burghead Boxing Day Swim is in aid of Burghead Sub Aqua Club, Kieran's Legacy and Marie Curie. Gather at the Harbour Office (opposite...

  47. South Queensferry Loony Dook

    The Loony Dook continues its New Year’s Day tradition at South Queensferry, at 2.15pm on the 1st of January 2020. In the shadow of the...

  48. Helensburgh New Year Swim

    Meet at Helensburgh Lifeboat Station, Rhu Marina, for the New Year swim at noon. Hot soup for intrepid swimmers. Further information and registration: www.helensburgh-lifeboats.org.uk/

  49. Beyond The Blue Christmas Eve Swim, Poole

    Beyond the Blue are a friendly local group who enjoy swimming in the sea all year round. Will there be snow? Will it be sunny? Who...

  50. Isle of Arran Douglas Dook

    The annual New Year's Day splash into the chilly Firth of Clyde at Brodick Jetty is organised by the Douglas Hotel and raises funds for...

  51. Porthcawl Christmas Swim

    The Porthcawl Christmas Swim has been raising thousands of pounds for local charities and organisations for more than 50 years. This year they are raising...

  52. Rhyl RNLI Boxing Day Dip

    Come along to support the RNLI on Boxing Day and take the sea dip challenge to support the volunteer lifeboat crew. Dip at noon, entry...

  53. Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim

    From 17 hardy souls braving the waves on Boxing Day 1984 to raise funds for their local sports and medical centre, this Pembrokeshire event has...

  54. Shoalstone Pool Last Swim of the Year

    The Last Swim of the Year takes place at 31st December at 11am. Race and general swimming. Cake and refreshments poolside; adjacent cafe for more....

  55. Christmas Day Dip Clevedon Marine Lake

    In the water for 10.30 am Charity Swim raising money for RNLI and Macmillan

  56. Abersoch

    Festive Swim - New Year's Day Started in 2007 the Abersoch RNLI New Year's Day Dip has had over a thousand spectators and at least 180...

  57. Ilfracombe

    Larkstone Bay - a lovely little bay, just off the harbour - perfect for an early morning or late evening dip at high tide. Watch...

  58. Grimsby Docks

    We are a group of open water swimming enthusiasts of varying abilities. Our members range from competitive swimmers and triathletes to social swimmers who enjoy...

  59. East Wittering

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