Freezing Festive Swims in Devon 2019

Looking for a fun, slightly bonkers thing to after the over-indulgence of Christmas? Then outdoor festive swims are just what you need, and the kids will have great fun watching too or even taking part too.

Sea or lido? Dip or bathe? Costume, Wetsuit or fancy dress? However you decide to do the Christmas swim or New Year swim, there is sure to be a great atmosphere for the whole family.  Children can watch from the shore, or if they want to be involved then check out the heated pool at Topsham Lido for a New Year’s Day swim that all can enjoy (please use your discretion if it is suitable for your child).


Christmas Day

Exmouth Christmas Day Swim

While many people are tucking into a festive glass of fizz and putting the turkey in the oven, the rest are at Exmouth preparing (in optional fancy dress) for a dip in the chilly sea.  A tradition in Exmouth since 1968.

Time: 11am – 11:30

Address: Stuart Line Cruises, The Point, Exmouth Marina, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1DU

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For those watching, if you would like the best seats in the bay then Stuart Line Cruises say:

“Get the BEST view of Exmouth’s Christmas Day Swim!
One of Exmouth’s grandest Christmas traditions is the Christmas Day Swim and what better way to see it than from the warmth and comfort of our boats!
With hundreds of people gathered on the beach, its sometimes hard to catch quite what an incredible spectacle this is – but the view from our boat is absolutely remarkable!
Setting sail at 10.45am we head off to see the seafront show. On board you will be kept warm and toasty with a glass of our hot home-made, secret recipe mulled wine and a tasty mince pie from one of our favourite local bakeries! We then take a leisurely cruise up the river before returning back just in time to pop the turkey in the oven!
We would love for you to join the Stuart Line family this Christmas – please make sure you book in advance! Adults £10.00 Children 7.00”

Boxing Day

Torquay Boxing Day Dip:

A fun, fundraising event for the local Air Cadet Squadron and RNLI. If you would like to join in a Sponsorship form can be downloaded from the Squadron Website resources section [] . Spectators are also asked to donate any spare change they may have into one of the collection buckets held by the volunteers on the day.

Time: 10:30 – Participants and supporters should aim to arrive

11:00am – ready to enter the sea. Tasteful fancy dress is encouraged.

Address: Corbyn Head, Torbay Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6RH

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Sidmouth has seen a fancy-dress swim in the sea on boxing day morning since 1985, dependent on the weather.  There is safety cover provided by Sidmouth Rescue Boat and Sidmouth Life Saving Club. No young children.

Time: 10am: Signing in under the Sailing Club, 11am Swim

Address: Sidmouth Sea Front, Sidmouth, UK

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Boxing Day Walk in the Sea, fundraising for the Teignmouth RNLI.

A brilliant colourful fun event with RNLI seafront street collection.

Event free to spectators. Donation appreciated from participants.


10am: Registration of participants
10.45am: Fancy Dress Judging
11am: Splashdown

For more information, please email

Address: Teignmouth seafront by the pier, TQ14 8BB

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New Year’s Day

Westward Ho!

Back for the 3rd year Westward Ho Beach wants friends, family, neighbours and visitors to all join in the community spirit and take a dip to start 2020.  A lifeguarded event with safety notes that are definitely worth a read for all festive swimmers on the event list.

Time: 12:15pm – 1:30pm

12.15pm: Join Peter on the Prom/on the beach under The Fairway Buoy getting ready for this fine event.
12.45pm: Warm up. It will happen, not sure how yet but it will be one to remember.
1pm: MAIN EVENT – We enter the water (NO wetsuits allowed) for a bracing dip in the glorious Atlantic. Victorian people used to travel MILES to come and dip in this wonderful place, just for it’s health properties. Please see safety note below.

1.05pm: There will be some music playing to bring us back from the sea in style, help the process of coming back to life from the top of the Fairway Buoy (event HQ).

Address: Westward Ho Beach, EX39 1LL

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Topsham Outdoor Pool

Fun general public swimming session – no lanes or floats just fun. The pool is heated to a balmy 28 degrees so a pleasant temperature for children too,  Really young ones might need a fleecy wetsuit to keep them warm and keep the wind off them – please use your parental discretion if you think it is suitable for your child.

Time: 10.00am til 2.00pm.

Address: Topsham Swimming Pool, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0HF

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