Where to Go for a Boxing Day Swim in Cornwall

December 16th, 2020

Festive (and icy!) swims take place across the whole of the UK over the Christmas period. However, there is nothing quite like a Cornish swim, what with the plethora of incredible beaches on offer there is no wonder why Cornwall has some excellent options.

If you fancy taking a dip and making a splash this Boxing Day or would rather spectate, here are the best places to head to and raise some money for local charities at the same time too!

Please note: Due to COVID-19, these festive swims may not take place this year. Therefore, we’d advise checking with the organisers of the event to avoid disappointment.

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Whether you decide to brave the December sea in your wetsuit, in your best swimwear or in fancy dress, join the Boxing Day swimmers at Porthminster Beach at midday.

The Boxing Day swim runs every year and is attended by hundreds where you’re able to help raise money for local charities with a £1 donation. After a refreshing dip, you’ll be able to warm up with a hot chocolate or bacon sandwich at Porthminster Café!

Charlestown Beach, St Austell Bay

Organisers: Charlestown Rowing Club

Hundreds of dedicated swimmers head to St Austell Harbour to participate in one of the biggest events of the year, which has been running since 1991 and has helped raise over £24,000 for local charities. To take part in the Charlestown Boxing Day swim, swimmers must be over 11 years old and raise at least £10 in sponsorship which will be donated to the chosen charity of the year.

The event is supported by CTC Medical Services, St Austell Coastguard and St Austell Community Fire Station, so you’re in safe hands!

Perranporth Beach, Newquay

Organisers: Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club

Leave your wetsuits at home if you’re thinking of heading to Perranporth Beach on Boxing Day, they’re strictly forbidden! The Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club has been running this event for many years, anyone is welcome, and refreshments are available after the swim.

Meeting for the event usually starts at 10:30 AM with a start time for ascending into the Atlantic waters at 10:45 AM.

Poldhu Beach, Lizard Peninsula

Organisers: Natalie and Ross from the Poldhu Beach Café

Each and every year the owners of Poldhu Beach café, Natalie and Ross organise the Boxing Day swim, which usually takes place at 11 AM depending on the weather.

Please note that lifeguards do not patrol this beach on Boxing Day, so enter the sea at your own risk. Why not pop into café after for a mulled wine, mince pie or hot chocolate to warm your cockles? It’s open 363 days of the year, whatever the weather. All those that brave the December waters will be eligible for a mulled drink!

Will you be heading out for a swim this Boxing Day or simply just visiting one of the beaches for entertainment? Let us know! If you’re staying at one of our hot tub cottages in Cornwall this winter, explore our guide to family-friendly days out, so you’re able to make the most of your time in the beautiful South West.