Saundersfoot Beach was the place to be to welcome the New Year in in style. 2028 swimmers and thousands of spectators braved the chilly breeze for the 34th annual Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim in Pembrokeshire.

The charitable event just gets bigger and better – and as the gathered masses prepared for the big event they were entertained by the fictional long lost brother of NYDS mascot Charlie Shivers; Dai ‘The Shapes’ Shivers. After 10 years wowing the audiences on cruise liners he pulled off his trademark ‘Night Fever’ moves and the crowd followed!

The swim countdown was initiated by former Glamorgan & England cricketer Simon Jones (who also joined in the event to claim his medal) and at 12.30pm the swimmers were sent down the sands by a firework launch courtesy of Westcoast Fireworks.

The swimmers did not disappoint on the fancy dress front. Highlights included a swarm of jellyfish, a gathering of Unicorns, a Mexican ‘Tash Mob’, Peaky Blinders and an old-style American Jeep complete with GIs and a General!

Saundersfoot Festivities Chairman Martyn Williams said, "The village and wider community has done us proud again. We could not have conceived 34 years ago we would be here now hosting such a major event. Our driving force as always is the huge number of fantastic causes that benefit. Thirty-three years on and this event is getting bigger and better with thousands of pounds being raised for charity. The people from Saundersfoot, the surrounding areas and even farther a field have come out in force to support this marvellous event despite the weather".

Fancy Dress Results:


1st Place – The Jellyfish – Stepaside Coachworks.

2nd Place – Peaky Blinders – Malin House Hotel.

3rd Place – The Rock Lobsters – The Smith Family


1st Place – Absolutely Fabulous Patsi – Sarah Cole

2nd Place – The Mizzen Shirt – Mick Booth

3rd Place – St Greenhillian – Hilary Hughes

Contact: Steve Williams, Chairman of the Organising Committee. Tel: 07903 317550 / 01834 813018.

Photographs of the swim can be obtained from Gareth Davies Photography, Tel: 07836 334436.

2018 Swim Sponsors:

Powells Cottage Holidays, Harbour Wealth, Scaffold 2000, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Broughton Leisure Ltd, Tees R Us, Tojaz of Saundersfoot, Princes Gate Spring Water, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Taf Valley Coaches, Sue’s Pantry, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, 1 Formula Fitness, Tenby Glass, Sytner BMW, Lewis, Lewis & Co Ltd, Mike Wealleans PVCu Specialist, Neil Finlay Cars, Pembrokeshire Tyres & MOT and Saundersfoot Community Council.

The winners of the royal oak 3 swim virgins competition Dai ‘Ginge’ Lewis and Dave Kirkpatrick on swim day

During NYDS 2018 we recognised Mick Booth as the Unsung Hero for all his work not only for the swim,

but also for the community of Saundersfoot. Well done Mick

Click on the picture below to see a fantastic video of the 2018 swim as seen from the sky


2018 swim

2018 swim