I think this is a cold, wet, awful idea but Mr Husband thinks it’s ace and the boys will too once they’re older – I can just tell. I’m doomed. Looking for a reason to get out of the house or visit somewhere new this festive season? Here’s your chance to plunge into freezing cold water whilst raising some money for charity – lucky you. A quick round up of festive dunks for the foolhardy amongst us. Pass the towel.
Aberdeen Lions Nippy Dipper, Scotland – This one’s a hoot. I’ve attended three times – I’ve stood on the sand cheering whilst wearing hat, scarf, gloves, coat and wellies as glorious, mad fools hear the klaxon sound and dash, fearless, into the north sea for an entire 60 seconds. Go, go Mr Husband and pals! Changing facilities and easy registration at the Beach Leisure Centre on the day. Fancy dress is the norm and quite irresistible. Such fun. 10.30am
Tenby, Wales – Tenby’s Boxing Day swim was so popular the first time it was held it’s set to return for the 45th time this year. Join in at the North Beach with a fancy dress theme, ‘Cool Cymru’, a celebration of everything Welsh. Defrost at the beach bonfire after the dip. 11.30am
Hartlepool Round Table 44th Boxing Day Dip, England – On the 26th December 2015 500 hardy charity champions will enter the North Sea for charity. What’s not to love? Check in from 10.00am.
Dip Wi a Nip, Prestwick, Scotland – Love the name of this one. Celebrate the 10th Dip Wi’ a Nip on Prestwick Esplanade with hundreds of others. I hope you do get a cheeky dram at the end of it. 2.00pm
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Loony Dook, Edinburgh, Scotland – New Year’s Day – This is the most well known Scottish event but it’s sold out. Shame, pull a sad face, I can’t go, I really wanted to. But there should still be loads going on if, like me, you’re not overly keen on swimming! I’ve even heard there are free bowls of porridge in the offing from the sponsors Stoats. Parade starts at 2.30pm.
Stonehaven New Year’s Day Dip, Scotland – Stonehaven is one of my favourite seaside towns in Scotland and is extremely rich in Scottish history. On Hogmanay it’s globally renowned for its unique fireball festival where townsfolk swing great balls of fire round their heads. I’ve seen this fiery fiesta about four times and I love it. Deacon Blue are playing this year so if you’ve see in the bells in Stoney you may wish to refresh yourself in the harbour the following morning. I would prefer to stay in bed but you may wish to swim. 12 noon.
Nairn New Year’s Day Dip 2016, Scotland – For those in the north, don’t fret, you’re not being left out. You too can get absolutely frozen. 1.00pm
Newquay’s Dip for CLIC, England – And to the other end of the country. Surf dudes may take the plunge in Cornwall straight into the Atlantic. You know you want to. 1.00pm.
Often the press turn up at these events so if you want to appear in the papers shivering with mascara running down your blue face then go strut your stuff.
THE WARM ALTERNATIVE
Lido Ponty, Wales – These folk have a gram of common sense as they’ve heated their lido to 30 degrees for a special Boxing Day swim. So if you want to swim and still feel the tips of your fingers and toes this is the sensible choice. Bliss, this is the one for me 🙂
Now can we talk about something more sensible like winter sun, or Baileys or Selection Boxes – please. I promise I’ll be back with some winter sun soon.
[Additional notes – most events require you to turn up earlier than the start time to register or to pre-register/buy tickets a few days beforehand, others require a certain amount raised for charity – please check the details of each individual swim. Good luck.]