Looking for something out of the ordinary to do this Christmas in Cornwall?

20th December 2017

For the slightly bonkers and extremely brave amongst you, why not partake in one of Cornwall’s slightly quirkier Christmas traditions…the Christmas sea swim (where wetsuits are frowned upon!)…

Christmas Eve Sea Swim.


Battery Rock, Penzance.

To clear your head (and conscious) ahead of tonight celebrations, why not join Cornwall Wild Swimmers for an informal dip at Battery Rock, Penzance (near the Jubilee Lido). Fancy dress is optional but hot drinks and cake essential! Starts at 11am (please note this is not an organised event so swim at your own risk)

Christmas Day Sea Swim’s.


Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth.

One of the most popular and largest beaches in Falmouth, on the sheltered South Coast of Cornwall, this beach is a fine crescent of golden sand and outstandingly beautiful; perhaps your surroundings will detract the chill! Swim starts at 10am.


Sennen Cove Beach, Sennen.

Located just round the corner from Lands End, Sennen Beach also known as Whitesands Bay is an almost mile long crescent of fine, white sand which stretches round to the neighbouring Gwenver beach. One of the most spectacular and iconic places to enjoy a dip any time of the year but particularly refreshing on Christmas day! Race in to the waves with lots of other revellers and enjoy a warming Christmas tipple in the local pub afterwards. Starts at 11am.

Crooklets Beach, Bude.

This event attracts several hundred people who plunge into the sea at Crooklets beach wearing only swimming costumes (no wetsuits allowed). Thousands of spectators also enjoy the festive atmosphere at the event.

The swim is a charity event to raise much needed funds for Bude SLSC. Funds raised provide resources for training their volunteer lifeguards who help to keep people safe on our beaches.

Lifeguard safety cover, changing facilities, hot drinks, minced pies and sausage rolls will be supplied at the event free of charge so please be generous with your donation!

(image by Bude SLSC)


Hayle Bay, Polzeath.

This beach lies close to Polzeath, New Polzeath and Trebetherick and is seldom deserted… even in winter, especially on Christmas Day. You can expect to see over four hundred people taking part in this annual event, wetsuits are strictly forbidden! Starts at 11am.

Boxing Day Sea Swims.


Charlestown, St Austell.

Feeling sluggish after all that food and drink on Christmas Day? The Charlestown Boxing Day charity sea swim could be the perfect antidote! This has become a local tradition and you can expect to see many people taking to the water, so even if you don’t fancy a dip yourself, it’s well worth a visit to cheer the others on.


Porthminster Beach, St Ives.

The brave Boxing Day swimmers of St Ives are inviting you to join them this year on Porthminster Beach for fun and frolics. And by donating £1 you will also be helping to raise some funds for a local charity at the same time (charity TBC).

You know you’ve always wanted to get half naked and take a dip in the sea the day after Christmas Day, well, here’s your chance. You’re all invited… friends, family, dogs and anyone else crazy enough to join in. Starts at midday.

If you do join in with any of the swims happening around Cornwall, we’d love to hear about it and see any photos you’d like to share on our Facebook page.

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