Tenby Boxing Day Swim 2015


Tenby’s famous Boxing Day Swim will be splashing out from the resort’s North Beach for the 45th time this Christmas.

The event is proud to have been named as one of Britain’s top ten barmiest festive dips and is ranked as one of Wales’ top festive highlights.

The big plunge is at 11.30am, with hundreds of crazy bathers, many in fancy dress, stampeding for the sea, watched by large crowds from every vantage point.

This year’s fancy dress theme is Cool Cymru, as a celebration of all that’s great about Wales, and there are prizes for the best-dressed and highest sponsored swimmers.

All swimmers are presented with a commemorative medal and can warm up by the blazing beach bonfire.

Fun on the beach starts at 11am with a canoe race and the Daitanic raft race challenge.

Staged in memory of Dai Rees, who loved taking part in the event, the crazy race has just a few simple rules: each raft entered must be made of only two barrels and some rope. Oars are allowed and the two people on board must wear lifejackets. Crews are being encouraged to collect sponsorship for the Dai Rees Foundation/Life Support Nepal.

Tenby Boxing Day Swim is organised by the Tenby Sea Swimming Association and over the years has raised over £250,000 for charities and good causes.

Swimmers can collect for their own charities or good causes, or those nominated by TSSA, which this year are Crossroads; Tenby Surflink and Tenby RNLI.

The event is sponsored by FBM Holidays; Lewis, Lewis & Sons; Princes Gate and Oakwood.

There’s no entry fee – barmy bathers can just download a sponsor form from the link below and turn up on the day!


Tenby’s famous boxing day swim has chosen three charities for the brave bathers to dive in and support this Christmas.

St John Cmyru, the Harriet Davis Trust and Splash Out 2015 are the trio of of good causes nominated by event organisers, the Tenby Sea Swimming Association.

Don’t forget, Swimmers can also collect for their own charities & good causes.


To download a sponsor form, visit our sponsor form page.

 Boxing Day Raft Race in memory of Dai Rees

For more information and to make donations to The Dai Rees Foundation/Life Support Nepal, go to gofundme.com/dairees

Tenby Boxing Day Swim started in 1970 and has snowballed into Tenby’s main Christmas attraction. With around 600 swimmers and thousands of onlookers each year, this fantastic spectacle is not to be missed. With everyone swimming for charity, Boxing Day in Tenby is a surefire way to carry on the fun at Christmas. A roaring bonfire greets the emerging swimmers and everyone of them receives a medal for their bravery. As the swim goes from strength to strength each year, the event grows with canoes, raft racing and much more before the great immersion at 11.30am. Come and meet your friends on the North Beach this Boxing Day, give generously to the local charities and enjoy all the fun of the beach.