What better way to celebrate the start of 2023 than with a refreshing dip in the sea (possibly dressed as Spiderman)?
What better way to celebrate the start of a new year than with a refreshing dip in the sea, possibly dressed up as Spiderman or Little Bo Beep? Here, we’ve compiled New Year’s Day Dips taking place across the country. Many of these events encourage fancy dress and are raising funds for incredible causes. To ensure a fun but safe winter dip, read our ‘top tips for festive dips’.
New Year’s Day Dook, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Location: Broughty Ferry Harbour
Price: Child £5, Adult £10
Fancy dress encouraged.
Loony Dook, South Queensferry, Edinburgh
Location: Meet at the Boathouse Steps
Time: Meeting 12pm, dip takes place 12.30pm
The official event has been cancelled but regular ‘Dookers’ will be going for a dip as usual.
New Year’s Day Dook, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute
Location: Rhu Marina, Helensburgh G84 8LH
Time: Check in opens 11.30am, dip at 12pm
Soup provided after you ‘dook’.
RNLI New Year’s Day Dip, Abersoch, Gwynedd
Location: Abersoch Beach, LL53 7DP
Price: Children £5, Adult £10
Participants will need to pre-register online. Fancy dress encouraged (70s and 80s theme). Refreshments provided. Proceeds go to the RNLI.
New Year’s Day Swim, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
Location: Saundersfoot Beach
Fancy dress encouraged.
Dare to Dip, Bangor
Location: Bangor Beach
Fancy dress encouraged – prize awarded to best outfit.
North of England
New Year’s Day Swim, Salford, Greater Manchester
Location: Dock 9, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays
Time: Registration 10.15-11.45am. Last entry will be at 12.15pm with all swimmers to have left the water by 12.30pm.
Price: Child £5, Adult £25
There will be a 250m tow float compulsory course for competent swimmers and a 100m course (tow floats not required but recommended).
New Year’s Big Dip, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire
Location: Details revealed after registration
Time: Details revealed after registration
Price: £25 for an individual, £40 for a couple; group discount for 4 persons.
Proceeds to the Poppy Appeal.
South of England
Lyme Lunge, Lyme Regis, Dorset
Location: Lyme Regis Beach
Fancy dress and fundraising encouraged. Chosen charities are the British Heart Foundation and Mencap alongside other charities.
RNLI New Year’s Day Dip, Southend
Location: Jubilee Beach, Marine Parade, Southend on Sea
Time: Sign in from 10.45am, swim at 11.30am
Price: £25 on the day
All proceeds go to the RNLI.
We’d love to see your photos taking part in a New Year’s Day Dip – share them on social media using the hashtag #swimwildandfreezing