Looking Forward to the 44th Tenby Boxing Day Swim 2014!

2013 Boxing Day Swim -

Hundreds of festive bathers splashed out in the sunshine to make the 43rd Tenby Boxing Day Swim a huge success.

The fancy dress theme of Pantomime inspired Snow White, Ugly Sisters, dames galore, fairies both good and wicked, Puss in Boots (and without boots) and even a panto zebra to take the plunge in the 10 degree sea.

Huge crowds thronged Tenby’s North Beach and lined every vantage point to enjoy the silly spectacle and the cheering swimmers surged for the sea to be greeted by the Tenby lifeboat, which had made a special launch.

More than 550 swimmers were presented with their commemorative medal around a warming beach bonfire, and it is hoped the event will raise thousands of pounds for charities and good causes.

The swim’s nominated charities are Skanda Vale Hospice; The Rudy Trust; the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome charity and the District Brownies Centenary Appeal.

And others being fundraised for by bathers include Laura’s Legacy, Kidney Research, cancer charities, PATCH, HOPE, endangered species, Withybush Hospital cardiac ward, Ty Hafan, Pembrokeshire People First and the Hannah Gwilliam Forever Fund for meningitis research.

Tenby’s mayor, Councillor Sue Lane, judged the fancy dress competition and said: “It’s been a pleasure. It’s made such a difference with the weather being so nice. It’s great to see so many people supporting the Tenby Boxing Day Swim. Well done, everybody!”

Said Chris Osborne, chairman of event organiser, Tenby Sea Swimming Association: “It’s been another great swim, with glorious weather creating ideal conditions. We’ve seen some highly entertaining costumes and it’s been a brilliant morning for everyone – including, we hope, all the charities who will benefit.”


More than £1,500 was contributed to the bucket collection at Tenby’s Boxing Day Swim by spectators and participants.

The money will go to the swim’s four nominated good causes – Skanda Vale Hospice, the Rudy Trust, the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome charity and the District Brownies Centenary Appeal – together with the sponsor money from swimmers who have chosen to support these charities.

Fancy dress competition winners were adult: Tula Jones (fairy); adult group, Valero (pantomime); child, Garret from Arkansas (toothpaste) and child group, Tenby Junior School (endangered species). Fancy dress prizes were sponsored by the Buccaneer, Heatherton, Clarice’s Toy Shop and Anna’s Welsh Zoo. The swim is sponsored by FBM Holidays; Lewis, Lewis & Co and Princes Gate Water.

Said Chris Osborne, chairman of event organisers Tenby Sea Swimming Association (TSSA): “We are very grateful to our sponsors, and we would also like to thank the many people who helped our committee before, during and after the event. These include St John Ambulance, the Tenby coastguard team, Tenby RNLI and Tenby Surf Lifesavers for providing safety cover; Roy Broxham and his team who ensured the assembling, lighting and safety of the bonfire, with wood provided by Jewsons of Tenby; the Pembroke Paddlers canoe club; Steve Briers for his festive music and commentary, with the help of Bruce Campbell’s PA; Wycraft, who made and sponsored our medals; the Mayor of Tenby, Councillor Sue Lane and her macebearers; Chris Salisbury and his harbourmaster’s team and Gareth Davies for once again providing the swim with superb photographic coverage in local press and online.”

All swimmers who collected money for any charitable cause are asked to notify TSSA of their total raised via the Tenby Boxing Day Swim Facebook page. Trophies are on offer for the highest-sponsored swimmer for both TSSA charities and other good causes.

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

Tenby Junior School Boxing Day Swim 2013
Archie Hughes, Charlie Sangster, Finlay Hill and Max Badham of Tenby Junior School taking part in the Boxing Day Swim 2013


Tenby Boxing Day Swim 2013

Video courtesy of Blueteenyweeny

Watch the Skanda Vale Hospice video here

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.