Thinking about trying cold water swimming at a festive swim in Wales? If you’re ready to brave the icy Welsh waters, you can choose from swims on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Thousands of people from across the nation have been dipping into icy Welsh waters in this unusual festive tradition for many years. Some don their best fancy dress and raise money for charity. But for others, cold water swimming is for life – not just for the festive season.
The Dawnstalkers and the Bluetits Chill Swimmers embrace the cold water every single day! And not only for the benefits it can have on recovery, reducing inflammation and muscle soreness. They do it to give their mental health a boost and for the strong sense of community it brings.
So, is there a better time to take the plunge into cold water than with an excited crowd at one of Wales’ festive swims? Unlock the benefits of cold water therapy and make it more than a once-a-year tradition.
Here is a list of festive swims in Wales you can try.
Where can I go for a festive swim in Wales?
Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim
When? 25th December. Event starts at 10:30am and the swim begins at 11:15am.
Where? Coney Beach, Porthcawl
The Porthcawl Christmas Swim has been taking place since 1965 and shows no signs of slowing up. More than a thousand people stampede towards the shore at Coney Beach every year.
Tenby Boxing Day Swim
When? 26th December from 11am
Where? North Beach, Tenby
Another festive swim steeped in tradition – the people of Pembrokeshire have been making waves at North Beach on Boxing Day for more than 50 years.