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Here's the Suffolk locations where you can take part in a Christmas Day dip or Boxing Day swim this year including Felixstowe and Lowestoft

Fancy doing something different this Christmas Day? Bored of the traditional festivities and same-old Christmas songs?

If you're looking for a new way to celebrate this year, you could join the hundreds of people who take a dip in the freezing cold Suffolk sea to raise money for good causes.

Christmas swim events are organised annually at certain coastal destinations, and these are some of the best ones you can register for this year.

Fancy something different this Christmas? Why not go for a festive sea swim? Picture: Pixabay
Fancy something different this Christmas? Why not go for a festive sea swim? Picture: Pixabay


After two years of Covid cancellations, the Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim is back this year.

The swim, which was last held in 2019, sees crowds flock to the beach with many choosing to wear festive themed fancy dress.

Money raised will go to several charities including James Paget Charity Trust, Lowestoft Volunteer Lifeguard Corps, Lowestoft Lions, Dementia UK, St John Ambulance and Brian Gallagher Football Fund.

Swimmers will meet at East Point Pavilion from 8.30am and the dip will begin at 10am. To register, click here.


Southwold will also host a Christmas Day dip this year, weather and Covid-19 permitting.

Run by the Rotary Club of Southwold and District, this year's swim is sponsored by ninedeli and will take place on the big day at Southwold beach.

Registration for the event is open and swimmers can sign up here.


The ever–popular Felixstowe Christmas Day Swim will return this year raising funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Attracting around 600 swimmers each year, swimmers meet from 8.30am at Felixstowe, opposite Mannings Amusements, for the swim at 10am.

Standard tickets are £13 per person and can be booked here until midday on December 22.


Aldeburgh beach will play host to a Boxing Day Swim this year, with visitors arriving at the beach opposite the Moot Hall from 11am onwards.

Their annual Boxing Day swim is extremely popular with local open water swimmers, with 125 people taking to the water in 2019. For more information, click here.

Funds will go to the RNLI, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice and Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity Blossom Appeal, which is raising money for a new state of the art breast cancer facility at Ipswich Hospital