The Porthcawl Christmas Swim is an annual charity event which sees participants entering the sea for fun and, in lots of cases, to raise money for local charities and organisations.

The swim takes place on Christmas Day every year in Porthcawl, South Wales, UK.

Around 1200 people go in the sea and many times that amount gather to watch. The numbers have grown over the years.

There is a great atmosphere on Christmas Morning, every year. It's one of the key events of the year for Porthcawl and Bridgend. We see visitors and swimmers from all over the world.

All swimmers get a free commemorative mug each year, with the design being different for every year.

Fancy dress is encouraged, but not mandatory. The theme for this year is 'Memory Lane'.


The event raises money for local charities and organisations, with a nominated main charity each year. This year, 2019, our main charity is Alzheimer's Society Cymru.


The swim began in 1965 and has taken place every year since then. 2019's swim will be the 55th.

For more history of the swim, visit our memories page

Key Facts


The year the Porthcawl Christmas Swim began.


The amount of participants we expect.

Main Beneficiary

Alzheimer's Society Cymru


We have a collection of photographs from recent swims on Dropbox. Please feel free to download and use the images if you are writing an article about our swim. Please credit the images to the Porthcawl Christmas Swim where possible.


If you'd like someone from the swim committee, or someone who regularly takes part on the day, we can arrange someone to give a statement or interview. Please also specify if you want to conduct a written, audio or video interview.

Past media engagement