Gyllyngvase, Gyllyngvase beach

When? 10am

One of the most popular beaches in Falmouth, this beach is outstandingly beautiful and perfect for swimming! Fancy dress is heavily advised. A refreshing dip in the icy cold waters on a bright Christmas morning is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Coverack, Coverack Harbour

When? 12:30pm

Ever since a local doctor made a bet with a friend that he would swim across the harbour of this pretty fishing village on the Lizard peninsula, it has been a tradition to enter the cold December waters. Participants go in without wetsuits, with the money going towards Cancer Research. And those who take the plunge can warm themselves by a roaring fire with mulled wine in the fisherman’s rest at the top of the slipway when they emerge from the sea!

St Agnes, Trevaunance Cove

When? 11am

This icy swim is followed by plenty of hot mulled cider in the Driftwood Spars Inn. The tradition started with a dare issued by a previous landlady – offering five men a free pint if they went in the sea with just their swim shorts on. It’s grown from there, with now a few hundred brave souls taking part!

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Polzeath, Hayle Bay

When? 11am

Wetsuits are strictly forbidden at this icy dip, where over 400 people leave the comfort of their homes to brave the Cornish seas. Starting at 11am, there will be plenty of hot chocolates and mulled tipples being shared around to warm up after. To find out more and stay up to date with the swim, click here. 

Bude, Crooklets Beach

When? 11am

This Christmas Day Swim is a sponsored event raising money to help Bude Surf Life Saving Club. More than 500 people plunge into the sea with no wetsuits. It’s an amazing community event, with mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and hot showers afterwards. Participants are encouraged to either raise sponsorship or give a £10 donation.

Sennen Cove, Sennen Surf School, Sennen 

When? 11am

A hugely popular destination with a mile of golden sand and clear blue waters, Sennen Cove becomes an unlikely destination for hundreds of fearless people for the annual Christmas Day swim. There’s nothing more invigorating than a dip in the icy Atlantic sea…with a mulled wine to warm yourself up afterwards! Sennen Cove usually attracts more than 500 people each year on this day, which is a great motivator when taking the plunge.

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Poldhu, Poldhu beach

When? Usually 11am

No matter how hard the winter storms are blowing, this beach has a cafe which is open 363 days each year, offering hot chocolate and snacks. Every year Ross and Natalie Hocking who run the Poldhu Beach Cafe organise a Boxing Day swim for charity. To find out more and stay up to date with the swim, visit their website here. 

St Ives, Porthminster Beach

When? 12pm

Join in the fun from midday on Porthminster Beach. By donating just £1 to participate, you’ll also be helping to raise funds for local charities at the same time as having fun! After your dip in the sea, they’ll be plenty of hot chocolates and bacon butties from the beach cafe to keep you warm. 

Charlestown, Charlestown beach

When? 11am

Attracting hundreds of visitors to the harbour for the main Boxing Day event, Charlestown Rowing Club have announced this year’s nominated charity – The League of Friends of St Austell Community Hospital. Since starting their annual event in 1991, the rowing club has donated to many charities. This includes Churchtown Outdoor Activity Centre for the disabled, the RNLI, Cornwall Hospice Care and many others. For this swim, fancy dress is heavily encouraged but no wetsuits are allowed.