Saundersfoot Beach was the place to be to welcome the New Year in in style.  A record 2048 swimmers and thousands of spectators braved the icy waters for the 36th 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 Great British Bake Off star Michelle Evans-Fecci, 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.  In amongst the fancy dress entrants were numerous elves, fish, horses and dinosaurs.  

Saundersfoot Festivities Chairman Martyn Williams said, "The village and wider community has done us proud again. We could not have conceived 36 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-six 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 – ‘Roadworks’ from Stepaside Coachworks

2nd Place –  ‘Alice in Wonderland’ from Phillips and Vaux Family

3rd Place – ‘Cool Runnings’ from Malin House Hotel


1st Place – ‘Dilys the Fish’ Mark Halford

2nd Place – ‘Drummer Boy’ – Barbera Camp

3rd Place – ‘Wurzel Gumage’ – Mr Hayman

Contact: Jon Williams , Event Co-ordinator Tel: 07528 690633.

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

2020 NYDS raises over £48,000

Organisers of the Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim are delighted to announce that the total money generated from NYDS 2020 is £48,896.  Organisers are thankful to all swimmers, sponsors, commercial sponsors, organisations and helpers for contributing towards the magnificent sum.  

The generosity of the commercial sponsors has ensured that every penny raised is donated, and it total 54 charitable and worthwhile causes will benefit.

Martyn Williams, chairman of NYDS said, "The swim continues to go from strength to strength. Our community should be extremely proud of the magnificent sum raised, whether that be from the swimmers and their sponsors or financial contributions from commercial sponsors and organisations within the locality. The cheques handed out will make a difference to every one of the 54 charitable and worthwhile causes. Thanks too go to all the emergency services, safety personnel, stewards, bucket collectors and sponsors who all contributed to make the 36th swim a success”

For further information about the NYDS swim please keep an eye out on the swim website or @CharlieShivers on Facebook and Twitter.

2020 Swim Sponsors: Powells Cottage Holidays, 1 Formula Fitness Health & Leisure Club, Broughton Leisure Ltd, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Harbour Wealth Financial Services, Lewis, Lewis & Co Ltd, Mike Wealleans PVCu Specialist, Neil Finlay Cars, Pembrokeshire Tyres & MOT's, Princes Gate Spring Water, Little & Large Lite Bites, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, Scaffold 2000, Sue’s Pantry, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Sytner Mini BMW, Bysiau Cwm Taf - Taf Valley Coaches, The Silver Lily, NBSM and Elements of Pembrokeshire.


2020 swim

2020 swim