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Outdoor Event:New Years's Day Dip at Scarborough South Bay

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Outdoor Event, Fri 1 Jan 2021

New Years's Day Dip

New Years's Day Dip

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Traditional New Year's Day dip in Scarborough South Bay.

It has been going for over 20 years, and more than a hundred people generally take part.

It is to raise sponsorship money for charity, a quarter of which goes to the Scarborough Lions.

Its Vice-President, Rob Hunter, said:

"We have collections at Christmas, we have the New Year's Day dip, we have collections are Easter and fundraising events going throughout the year; and all the money that comes in, goes back into the local community.

We don't use any, we pay all our own expenses so every single penny that comes in, ends up somewhere in the local community again."

The club's expecting people from all over Yorkshire, Humberside, Tyneside and more to participate in the event.

Rob explains why people decide to come to Scarborough to do the dip:

"I think it's actually probably the challenge; because really what we're asking them to do is get sponsored to dive into the coldest sea; probably short of the Arctic ocean in the whole of the world, and get wet and cold and get paid for it to help charities."

Anyone who is interested in taking part can get a sponsorship form and an entry form in a variety of ways:-

On the Scarborough Lions Club Facebook page here:

They can be emailed to you by contacting President Alan Deacon on

People can also go down on the day. Registration starts at 10.30am in the Rowing Club and finishes at 12.15pm.

The fancy dress competition will be judged by the Mayor of Scarborough at 12.30pm.

The Scarborough Town Crier will then start the race to the water at 12.45pm.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 1 Jan 2021


Foreshore Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 1PD



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Directions to south bay when there are no major events taking place:
By Road:
Follow signs for Scarborough's South Bay.
From the South end of the bay you will come along Foreshore Road.
From Peasholm Park in the North Bay, go on seafront along Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive and Sandside.

By Public transport:
There is a regular No.6 bus service from the town centre down to the West Pier in the South Bay (day time only). Current timetable at

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups