Exmouth Christmas Day Swim

The first traditional Exmouth Christmas day swim was thought to take place in 1970 and has taken place on Christmas day every year since. It is thought to be one of the last true Christmas Traditions and attracts thousands of people with many being brave enough to take the plunge and go for a swim in the waters just of Exmouth beach. If you do not fancy braving the cold there is a webcam for you to view, the Exmouth Seafront Webcam. Alternatively, you can watch from the seawall or from the waterside with Stuart Line Cruises. Here on this website, we try to attend every year to take pictures and video to help document the tradition for future generations.

The Exmouth Christmas Day Swim… what is it like?

The above footage was used in a national TV advert for Sainsbury’s and a worldwide video called Christmas In A Day directed by Kevin MacDonald with Scott Free Films and Ridley Scott Associates.

Please note, we are not the organisers of this tradition and this is an unorganised tradition we just want to document on camera for future generations.

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15 Responses

  1. The date of the start of the Exmouth Christmas Day swim is quite a bit earlier than 1970. I well recall a group of us Exmouth Swimming Club members braving the water in 1961. In 1962 we were joined by some friends from Exeter Swimming Club, most of whom didn’t last long with their immersion.

  2. The first Christmas swim was in exmouth in 1968 and the people in the picture were not the first there was another bunch of friends before that started the whole thing 😊

  3. Hello
    I’m writing a feature for a national women’s magazine on women who go swimming on Christmas day. I’d love to talk to a woman who’s taken part – and is going to take part – in this event. Is there anyone i can talk to who would point me in the right direction? For the magazine I’d need a hardy swimmer between the ages of 40 and 55.

  4. Hi. Just wondering what the actual time is for the swim to take place is it correct at 11:00am or does the swim happen before this.

        1. Not all Exmouth folk are mad, we ,and others, come from further afield(Uffculme)!

  5. Cannot wait to take part for the first time. My partner n I already decided previously to spend Christmas Day on a beach having a picnic….

    So what a great location decider this is …

    I only heard of it coz I flicked through tv channels briefly pausing on itv with old Richard n just show not sure of real name, when this was mentioned!!!

    My partner however is a yellow belly n is going to be my towel holder!!! Ha ha ha ha

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