Saundersfoot Beach was the place to be to welcome the New Year in in style.  A record 2119 swimmers and thousands of spectators braved the icy waters for the 35th  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 dancers from Cast & Crew Performing Art School who provided the warm-up, whilst the crowd provided a powerful rendition of ‘Delilah’.

The swim countdown was initiated by Wales & British Lions rugby star Jonathan Davies, who also participated, 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. This year’s theme was anything ‘yellow’ in celebration of Geraint Thomas’ fantastic Tour De France win. In amongst the sea of bananas, were a yellow brick road, a yellow submarine and a group of Sesame Street ‘Big Birds’.

Saundersfoot Festivities Chairman Martyn Williams said, "The village and wider community has done us proud again. We could not have conceived 35 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-five 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 – ‘Yellow Brick Road’ - Taylor family from Hereford

2nd Place –  ‘The Big Birds’ - Stepaside Coachworks

3rd Place – ‘Yellow Submarine’ – Jackson family from Pembroke


1st Place – ‘The Grand Pianist’ – Mike Booth raising funds for St Issells Church

2nd Place – ‘The Happy Bumblebee’ – Kate Varallo from Saundersfoot

3rd Place – ‘Naughty Elf’ – John Camp from the Wirral

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

Thank you Actimel for supporting NYDS2019!  It was great to have you onboard and thank you for the goodies for the swimmers.

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

NYDS  2019 Swim Sponsors: Powells Cottage Holidays, Harbour Wealth Independent Financial Planners, Scaffold 2000, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Broughton Leisure Ltd, Tees R Us,  Princes Gate Spring Water, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Taf Valley Coaches, Sue’s Pantry, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, 1 Formula Fitness, Little & Large Lite Bites, Tenby Glass, Synter MINI, Lewis, Lewis & Co Ltd, Mike Wealleans PVCu Specialist, Neil Finlay Cars, NBSM, Saundersfoot Pharmacy and Pembrokeshire Tyres & MOT.

Many thanks to  N Lowe Photo & Video LTD who provided this fantastic footage giving a birds eye view of nyds 2019


2019 swim

2019 swim