As we enter the month of December once more and children around the UK rush to open their advent calendars while parents carefully check their rapidly diminishing bank accounts, itâs time to peek ahead at some of the fancy dress events occurring over the festive season.
Today we take a look at the Tenby Boxing Day Swim, taking place on â youâve guessed it â Boxing Day. The event began almost forty years ago and has since become increasingly popular with locals in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. Hundreds of swimmers, most wearing fancy dress, take to the freezing cold sea for charity as huge crowds gather to cheer them on to the finish.
Started by the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, the event takes place every year without fail and regardless of weather conditions, raising thousands of pounds annually for a variety of charities. This year, the seaborne fancy dress extravaganza shall raise money primarily for Pembrokeshireâs Hope Multiple Sclerosis therapy centre, Leukaemia research and several others.
Last year the fancy dress theme was âAround the World,â featuring a host of would-be explorers and travellers, who collectively raised over Â£17,000 for good causes. This year the festive fancy dress theme is âSeasonal Songs,â which should draw a variety of wise men, kings and frosty snowmen to Tenbyâs North beach.
At the end of the event, each swimmer is awarded a medal for braving the festive cold, and a roaring bonfire is lit to help bring the blood back to the competitorâs extremities. So if youâre feeling bold this festive season, why not pop along and take part, or even try organising a similar Christmas fancy dress event locally.