Raising money for local charities and organisations.

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Our online pre-registration saves you time on the day.

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Create your own sponsorship page and make your swim count!

We are raising money for local MacMillan Cancer Support

At Macmillan, they know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So they’re there to support you and help you take back some control in your life. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, they’re there.

Macmillan want to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same.

There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as more people live longer with their cancer, this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030. Macmillan want to make sure that they can provide support to everyone who needs it, to help people affected by cancer feel more in control of their lives.

Make a donation

Money raised through donations goes to our nominated charity and other local charities and organisations.

The Porthcawl Christmas Swim has been raising thousands of pounds for local charities and organisations for over 50 years.

53
years

1000+
swimmers each year

£100,000+
given to charity

Local charities and organisations we’ve helped

Porthcawl and Pyle Pumas

Porthcawl Stroke Club

Porthcawl Museum and Historical Society

St John Ambulance

Porthcawl Coastguard

Porthcawl Kidney Research

The Y Centre

1st Nottage Scout Group

Porthcawl Lifeguard Club

Porthcawl Town Athletic

Mayors Community Fund

Tŷ Hafan

Trinity Care and Support

Ty Elis Counselling Service

Firefighters Charity

Porthcawl Parkinsons Support Group

The Samaritans

 Hat's off to this Santa-headed swimmer a few years ago  There's 62 days left, so get a sponsorship page on our website and start thinking about your festive sea-wear. #christmas #santa #christmasswim #porthcawl  Arlon and Vic down at the #harbour in #Porthcawl for a swim. Hey @harbourbarkitchenporthcawl @doublezeropizzaporthcawl @coffico_ do you recognise that building at all maybe? #christmasswim #memories #charity  Santa starting the swim #porthcawl #christmasswim #memories  Hello there Instagram! // 50th #swim 2014 #porthcawl #christmasswim #charity #fancydress
 We were sad this year that Jack Bridge passed away. He was our original Father Christmas, so in his honour, our fancy dress theme this year is Father Christmas. Suitably festive! #porthcawl #christmasswim #memories #charity #macmillancancer  Don't worry. After a dip in the sea, you'll soon Thor out... Thaw out? Yeah? Well these girls engaged in norse-play in the sea clad in this attire in memory of Dai 'Viking' Thomas a couple of years ago. #christmas #swim #porthcawl #christmasswim #vikings #fancydress #only83daystogo  Clowning around #porthcawl #christmasswim
 We are raising money for @macmillanwales and you can help by making your swim count. Go to christmasswim.org and get yourself sponsored to swim this year. #porthcawl #christmasswim #charity #macmillancancersupport  Another old photo from the archives today. Vic Davies is on the left with Arlon 'Coco' Owens on the right. This image might even be before the swim became an 'event'. I'd have to consult one of the wise elders on that. #memories #84daystogo #christmas #swim #christmasswim #charity #porthcawl #bridgend #tradition #sea #harbour  Carol singing in the Seabank #memories #christmasswim #porthcawl
 We'd like to see these guys at this year's swim, but they've probably melted by now. ⛄️☀️ 79 days... #porthcawl #christmas #swim #christmasswim #charity  There are 85 days to go until #christmas so it's okay to start feeling excited, right? We'll have news soon about this year's #swim #dogsofinstagram #christmasswim #charity  From the archives // Arlon Owens with son and daughter in the years before the swim began as a true event. #christmasswim #porthcawl #porthcawlswim #memories

On Christmas Morning

If you pre-registered online, you must come to the registration desk to check your name off our register. You don’t need to bring a printed ticket, just let us know you’ve arrived.

If you forgot to register online, you can sign up on the day. It's never too late!

Register to swim

Registration starts at 10:30am. Be sure to get your FREE mug.

Get changed

We have separate male and female changing space for you to get ready.

Get in the sea

Swimmers enter the sea at 11:45am.