Festive Dip?

Published: Thursday 11th Dec 2014

Written by: Laura Foster

Throughout Norfolk, people are getting ready to take the traditional festive icy plunge into the North Sea to raise money for a number of local charities. On holiday in the area and feeling brave? Why not join in?

Christmas Day!What better way to spend Christmas morning than frolicking in the sea at Hunstanton with over a hundred other people (and many hundred spectators) dressed in a variety of bizarre and outrageous costumes! A prize of £25 for the best dressed individual and £100 for the best group will be presented prior to the swim. The Christmas swim has been going for over 50 years; and raises much needed funds for the Round Table, enabling them to support many local good causes. Swimmers should arrive by 10.30am and everyone participating will receive a signed commemorative certificate.

Boxing DayThe famous Cromer Boxing Day Dip started in 1985, and now more than 300 people are brave enough to face the cold sea! Meet at Cromer Pier at 10am for an optional easy run along the beach to Overstrand and back along the cliff tops. Then at 11am, enjoy a refreshing dip! This year’s chosen charity is Community Heartbeat Trust.

Everyone is welcome to the 4th “Lets Do It Anyway” 2015 New Year Wish charity dip, at Sea Palling. No minimum sponsorship required, they just ask for a donation in the charity box on the day. Also it is suggested once you have dashed in to the water, you must fully submerge in the sea, before making a dash back to dry land!!

Take part in the village tradition at Overstrand, of racing across the sandy beach and into the sea on Boxing Day. Gather on the prom at the bottom of the gangway, below the cliff top café at 11.15am. There will be a bucket collection for a local charity.

The annual Boxing Day Dip at 11am in Mundesley will again take place near the Lifeboat Station. If you feel like clearing your head after the excesses of Christmas, come join in the fun, raising money for the Mundesley independent lifeboat along with other local charities. 

New Years DayRegister in advance or on the day under the bandstand at Gorleston for their popular New Years Day dip at around 10am, Cost £5 with proceeds going to the St Elizabeth Hospice.

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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