Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Hundreds of barmy bathers have splashed out in balmy weather conditions to make the Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Tenby Boxing Day Swim
The Tenby Boxing Day Swim 2015

MORE than £12,000 has been raised for charities and good causes this year, thanks to the Tenby Sea Swimming Association (TSSA).

The organisation has organised the town’s famous Boxing Day Swim for 45 years and is also behind the popular summertime Caldey Swim.

Last Christmas’s event, which featured a Cool Cymru theme, saw nearly 600 dippers taking to the water – many in Welsh-themed costumes including dragons, Fireman Sam and Dylan Thomas.

A total of £12,116 was raised for local, national and international charities and good causes, taking the total raised in the event’s history to around £260,000.

(Ruth Davies)

About the Swim

The 100-year-old origins and history of the Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Tenby Boxing Day Swim 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, and the majority in fancy dress, Boxing Day in Tenby is a surefire way to carry on the fun at Christmas. A roaring bonfire greets the emerging swimmers and every one of them receives a medal for their bravery. Started by Tenby Sea Swimming Association, (TSSA), the Osborne family has been associated with the spectacle from the beginning and Chris Osborne, present chairman of TSSA, has seen the event take place in every weather condition, from brilliant sunshine to freezing wind-chill. He said “….that each year, the organisers never fail to be amazed by its growing success and popularity.”

Tenby Boxing Day Swim
History of the Tenby Boxing Day Swim

100 YEARS ago: tragedy is the springboard.
In 2010, Tenby Boxing Day Swim celebrated its 40th anniversary with the ‘Big Red Swim’, but its family origins date back 100 years. In 1910, Arthur Dickinson, Quaker, lay preacher, artist and keen all- year-round swimmer, brought his family from Yorkshire to live in Ruabon House, South Parade, where he and his wife ran an art and fancy goods shop. Family legend has it that he was the first person to swim to Caldey, and today his great-grandchildren help to continue the concept he initiated. It all started when some children drowned from the beach. Arthur Dickinson was particularly upset and decided to give swimming lessons to anyone interested. He made a harness to support the child who was being taught to swim. “Several well known people, including Sydney Hughes, son of T. P. Hughes (Harrods of Tenby) and Seth Williams, archetypal village bobby, told me they had learnt to swim with the apparatus,” said his grandson Alun Morgan in a letter to the Observer earlier this year. For more.


Amount Raised in 2015

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  • North Beach, Tenby
  • 10:00 - 16:00