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Do you fancy a New Year's Day dip in Cornwall?

Do you fancy a New Year's Day dip in Cornwall?

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:08pm 31st December 2019. (Updated at 5:41pm 1st January 2020)

The Christmas and Boxing Day swims may be done, but the brave can still start 2020 by taking the plunge...

The New Year's Day dips are upon us!

Hundreds of people across the Duchy will be joining several swims on Wednesday 1st January.

So, we have put together a few so you know where to go - or just where to watch and salute your friends.

Luckily for you, we have pulled together a few so you know where to go for a dip, or where you can just watch and laugh at your friends.

Here is where you can hop in or watch this year...

1. Harbour Beach, Newquay

The Newquay 'New Year Swim', also known as the Dip for CLIC, is on Wednesday 1st January 2020.

It is taking place in Newquay Harbour and starts at 12pm, with registration from 11am.

Organisers are urging people to arrive early for a good spot, because the quayside is usually crowded with spectators.

They say donations are appreciated because the event is raising money for CLIC Sargant, which supports young people with cancer.


You can read more about the Dip for CLIC here.

2. Looe Beach, Looe

The 'Famous Looe New Year's Day Dip' is scheduled to start at 11am on Looe Beach.

Posting on the official Facebook page on Sunday, organisers said:

* The swim starts at 11.00am
* Spectators usually gather between 10.30 and 10.45am
* Best place to watch is the beach itself, banjo pier or anywhere at an elevated level in view of the beach.
* There is no charge to enter but we kindly ask for donations for Looe RNLI. There will be official fundraisers with buckets or collection boxes inside and outside the station.
* There is no need to register. We have volunteer crew on the beach, walking around and the D class lifeboat will be afloat. We will count everyone in and out. Official RNLI volunteers will be in lifeboat kit, high vis/red coats vests or fundraiser badge.
* Fancy dress is optional but encouraged.
* You can wear wet suits if you like but most don’t.
* It is a brilliant hangover cure!
* Teas/hot choc etc and biscuits will be served in the boathouse after for donations.
* East Looe town trust not only have allowed us permission to use the beach but will also open the sea front toilets this year too
* Please don’t get undressed until just before 11. There will be a 5 min warning (people stood around in their trunks and cossies for around 20 mins last year and got cold before they went in.
* Be careful bare foot running in the beach. A check will be done but not all can be guaranteed free of objects.
* All swimmers enter the water and/or leave their kit in the lifeboat station at their own risk.
* You can change in the station afterwards if you can find a spot.
* The swim marker will be approx 50.
* - 70m off the shoreline (approx adult chest height) so most will wade. If you do swim out further than this, please listen to and safety requests from the lifeboat crew. Please keep children with you at all times.
* A check for sharks, jellyfish, mermaids and stray Gungans etc will take place beforehand.

Thanks everyone and see you on New Year’s Day. It’s always good fun and a great fundraising event to support Looe RNLI


3. Readymoney Beach, Fowey

Whilst there is no official charity event this year, a group of swimmers are heading in at 12pm on Wednesday 1st January 2019.

A post on the Facebook group, Fowey Harbour Swim, reads:

"A group of friends are swimming at Readymoney on New Year's Day at 12:00 noon.

"We will be raising funds for the Crisis charity, and would love to see some other crazy swimmers at the beach.

"Disclaimer Alert: Please note this is not an organised event, just a friendly swim meet and as such no responsibility is taken for other swimmers as there won’t be safety boats.

"We would however love to see others there and if you would like to donate to Crisis we will have a collection bucket at the ready.

"Fingers crossed for good weather. Take care and swim safe".


You can check the Readymoney Beach Shop page here.

4. Gorran Haven Beach, Gorran Haven

According to Gorran's village diary website, the swim starts at 11am at Gorran Haven Beach with donations to the RNLI.

The event will be followed by a coffee and cakes raffle at the Memorial Village Hall.

You can read more information here or take a look at photos from previous years below.


5. Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club will meet at Gylly Beach in Falmouth on Wednesday 1st January.

The dip kicks off at 12pm and anyone taking part is urged to meet at the club store just before.


Taking a New Year's Day dip to welcome in 2020? Let us know or share your photos by commenting at the link below. Enjoy!

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