Description by Kate Rew on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society
This is the16th annual Christmas Day Dip in aid of the St Elizabeth Hospice, which sees up to 500 people taking the plunge into the North Sea last Christmas.
Registration takes place from 8.30am opposite Manning's Amusement Park, Sea Road, Felixstowe. At 10am when the horn sounds everyone will enter the cold North Sea!
For information and registration visit: https://www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/event/christmas-day-dip-2019/
Description by Seamus Bennett who added this swim
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 at IP11 7LS at the bottom of Bath Hill, between Central and Old Felixstowe. There are also toilets, taps, kiosk, cafe and the quality Fludyer Arms pub/restaurant. Swimming is best south of the Fludyers and also south of the Pier if you want to go further. Currents run parallel to shore - southwards on an incoming tide, northwards when outgoing, but rarely too strong to swim against.
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.
At very low tide (only) there can be a few submerged rocks in some bays so take care. In warmest months there can be a few jellyfish but nothing serious. Around Cobbolds Point and near mouths of rivers Deben and Orwell there are more tricky currents. Best to swim between Cobbolds Point and Pier and Pier to the end of the prom.