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Boxing Day Dip


When we think of Christmas we think turkey, Christmas pud and Santa hats, and what is Boxing Day made for? For some it is tucking into a box of celebrations and their bubble and squeak. For a brave few it is taking a dip in the icy North Sea. Could you be that brave?

Every Boxing Day, groups gather on the beaches up and down the country to take part in an ever increasingly popular tradition. Sporting Santa outfits, elves costumes or just their swimming trunks this is all that is required to take part. That and possibly and very hot drink on the side line, ready for your return.


The Boxing Day dip is a simple and fun way to raise money for charity. Be part of this crazy tradition which will push you out of your comport zone but could quite possibly became your new favourite part of Christmas.

Make more of your boxing day than simply catching up on the Christmas specials, the Boxing Day dip is something fresh and exciting, meet new people and hear their stories.

In the North East, the most popular dip is hosted by the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards on Tynemouth Longsands. This iconic beach is an award winning spot and provides a spectacular back drop to your Boxing Day swim.

All year round the beach attracts visitors, particularly surfers drawn in by the impressive North Sea swells. In the past the beach has also made its Hollywood debut after filming of the Newcastle United flick ‘Goal’ took place on its sands. So spectators and swimmers are sure to be pleasantly surprised even if the weather is not quite up to scratch.

We aim to help you every step of the way, right through to the day of your dip. Anything you may require, from fundraising tips to promotional material or just someone to chat through your plans. All you need to do is fill out the registration form, which can be found here, and get to it. 

Please note; parents/ guardians are responsible for supervising anyone under the age of 16. 

26th December 2017
Tynemouth Longsands
Registration Fee:£5
Min Sponsorship:£100

Who can take part?

open to all

Life List
Bronze Challenge
This event wil count as one of your three challenges towards your Life List Bronze Award
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Fundraising Team
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • The Boxing Day Dip is part of our Bronze Life List  challenges, this means we ask that you set yourself a fundraising target of £100. This money will return to the hospice directly, to help patients and families from across the North East. It will also be used to maintain the care services provided by the hospice for the past 30 years. As we look to the future we hope to continue to be a major support system for our local communities.

    Raising £100 for the Hospice will give 20 of our patients a 3 course meal! The patients can order whatever they fancy and have it prepared by our chefs.