About the swim

An event with heritage…

Named as one of Britain’s top ten barmiest winter dips, TENBY’s famous Boxing Day Swim has been an institution in the small West Wales town for decades and has recently featured in the ITV Wales series The Harbour, which was filmed in Tenby and shows a year in the life of the seaside community.

The Tenby Boxing Day Swim is organised by the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, which also stages the summertime Caldey Swim from the monastic island to the Tenby mainland.

The two events have enabled TSSA to raise nearly £300,000 for local, national and international charities and good causes over the years.

The 2019 Tenby Boxing Day Swim saw a record-breaking entry of nearly 800 dippers who took the plunge in the sunshine and numbers remain strong and consistent for this year’s festivities.

Swimmers can collect for their own good causes or the charities nominated by TSSA.

The 50th Tenby Boxing Day Swim takes place on the North Beach on Sunday, December 26th 2021, from 11am.

The stampede for the sea is signalled at 11.30am, and swimmers can look forward to the warmth of the beach bonfire and hot soup on their return to the beach.

For those swimmers who have signed up for the swim via our website, there will also be a commemorative gold certificate in the post.