Five Christmas and Boxing Day swims to attend this year

The Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim as captured from Lowestoft Lifeboat. Picture: RNLI/Nigel Lyman.

- Credit: Archant

Christmas means different things to everyone.

For some people it's all about the presents, for others, it's about spending time with the family.

However, for other brave souls it's about jumping in the sea!

Christmas swims are hugely popular and hundreds of people participate every year all in aid of important charities and good causes.

Here are some of the best Christmas swims you should consider getting involved in this year.

Lowestoft Christmas Day swim

Lowestoft Christmas Day swim - Credit: Nick Butcher

1. Lowestoft

Lowestoft's 43rd Christmas dip was due to take place on Saturday, December 25, at 10am.

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Organised by Sentinel Leisure Trust, the event was cancelled last year due to Covid restrictions, however, has now been cancelled for a second year due to rising cases.

The event usually encourages fancy dress, however, swimmers can wear what they like with thousands of pounds raised annually for local charities and projects.


The Christmas Day swim at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

The Christmas Day swim at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

2. Hunstanton

Having taken place for more than 50 years, Hunstanton's event welcomes more than 100 swimmers and many more spectators who cheer on participants.

The swimmers usually run into the sea at 11am with many wearing fancy dress to raise money for charity.

The event is organised by the Hunstanton Round Table, however, has also been cancelled because of rising Covid cases.


Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2018. Photo: James Carr.

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2018. Photo: James Carr. - Credit: Archant

3. Cromer

Cromer's popular Boxing Day event was set to return this year in aid of Sarcoma UK.

Organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners, the event also encourages fancy dress and fun costumes.

Due to the tide being high, the fun run will start at 9am before the dip begins at 10am instead of its usual schedule.

However, as a result of rising Covid cases, the event has now been cancelled.


Southwold is set to hold its 10th annual Christmas Day swim.

Southwold is set to hold its 10th annual Christmas Day swim. - Credit: Supplied

4. Southwold

Hundreds of people are expected to jump in the North Sea to raise money for Brain Tumour Research in Southwold this year on Christmas Day.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Southwold and District, will be the 10th swim of its kind after last year’s was forced to become a virtual swim due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Last year, participants decided to take part by jumping in swimming pools, paddling pools, baths, horse troughs and the like throughout December and raised £2,000.

This year, thousands of spectators are expected to turn out at Southwold Beach to watch as hundreds of swimmers take to the water on Christmas Day in what has become an annual festive spectacle.


Christmas Day swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

All funds from the Sea Palling Boxing Day Dip will go towards the Let's Do It Anyway Charitable Trust New Year Wish. - Credit: Archant

5. Sea Palling

The Sea Palling Boxing Day Dip was set to return this year with all funds set to go towards the Let's Do It Anyway Charitable Trust New Year Wish.

The dip was due to take place at 12pm and registration on the beach will be held at the charity banner from 11am to 11:45am

This dip has been postponed until Sunday, February 27.

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