The slightly odd tradition of Christmas Day Swims!

Christmas day swims are something of the norm in Cornwall, and growing up as part of a Surf Life Saving Club it’s just an annual event that everyone gets involved with. If you’ve never been brave enough to face the chilly waves with your Christmas hat on then maybe this year is your moment to experience it!

There are literally hundreds of people across Cornwall taking part in a festive swim this year. You never know you may find a new hobbie, or make friends with some other crazy Cornish people.

These traditional Christmas swims have been happening for years, so if you’re not going to get wet then at least head along to see for yourself and offer a cosy towel and warm drink to those participants after!

Here’s where to find some of the best Cornish Christmas Day swims, but you can always start your own!

ps. Just remember the lifeguards aren’t on duty, so make sure you stay safe, and never swim alone!

Penzance Battery Rocks, Christmas Eve

Head to the rocks by Jubilee Pool to celebrate the start of Christmas in a true Cornish way.

Hayle SLSC, Christmas Day

hayle surf life saving club christmas day swims cornwall

Find out more here.

Cadgwith, Christmas Day

Starting at 11am this famous charity swim isn’t for the faint hearted!

Polzeath, Christmas Day

Make sure you’re there for 11am, there will be hot chocolates after!

Bude SLSC, Christmas Day

Head to Crooklets beach for 11am with all of these people…

bude christmas day swims cornwall

(image by Bude SLSC)

Watergate Bay, Christmas Day

Head down to the beach just in front of the Extreme Academy.

St Agnes, Christmas Day

Get to Trevaunance Cove for 11am.

Gwithian, Christmas Day

Starting anytime from 7am to 11.45 am you can join hundreds of likeminded folk either in for a dip, swim or surf on Christmas day!

Sennen, Christmas Day

Starts at 11am, but get there early as the car park is usually over flowing with participants and spectators!

Portreath, Boxing Day

Once Christmas is over and you’ve recovered from over indulging then we think a sea swim is just what you need! Get there for 11am, everyones welcome into the club house afterwards for hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies. How could you say no?!

portreath boxing day sea swim

(image by Portreath SLSC)

St Ives, Boxing Day

From 12 – 1pm on Boxing Day, head to Porthminster Beach for a swim, then a bacon buttie from the cafe!

Charlestown, Boxing Day

Organised by the rowing club this annual event is very popular, head down to the harbour to take part.

Gyllyngvase, New Years Day

What better way to see in 2017, head to the beach for 12pm, we can guarantee you won’t be alone.

Harlyn Bay Beach, New Years Day

Head there for 10.30am to start the new year in style.

Readymoney Fowey, New Years Day

This charity swim is £10 to enter, starts at 12pm and offer hot refreshments after.

Oh, and there’s only one rule… NO WETSUITS ALLOWED!

Let us know if there are any others we haven’t mentioned…

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By | 2018-01-04T18:54:30+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Activities and Days Out, Winter in Cornwall|0 Comments

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