Boxing Day Dip 2021

Whitby Lions famous Boxing Day Dip is back for 2021!

Whitby Boxing Day Dip 2021

Whitby Lion’s Boxing Day Dip is back for 2021! Are you crazy or brave enough to run into the North Sea on Boxing Day for charity?        

It has become somewhat of a tradition in our beautiful little seaside town to enjoy a rather refreshing dip in the North Sea on Boxing Day morning. It’s certainly a unique and memorable experience that will raise lots of money for local charities. Fancy dress is a must, for many dippers, with prizes available for the best! In previous years, we have had some fantastic costumes such as dinosaurs, Batman and Robin, Christmas trees and even a team of traffic cones and a fancy dress wedding proposal!

This year due to Covid it will be operated under a different format whereby the participants pay a £10 entry fee; this will be paid direct to Whitby Lion’s. Participants can still raise sponsorship for their chosen charity, with 100% of the money they raise going to the charity/organisation of their choice. Please note, that if the participants require a sponsor form, Whitby Lion’s will still issue one. However, unlike previous years the participant will fully be responsible for distributing their sponsor money to their chosen charity. Whitby Lion’s will not collect everyone’s sponsorship money and then distribute it. This is due to the unknow circumstances of covid and any future restrictions on any large events.  

This fun and frantic event has now been running over the last 47 years, originally seeing numbers soar from a handful of brave local citizens to over 160 eager individuals travelling from far and wide, desperate to run into the wintery ice-cold waves of the North Sea. Although as you’d expect, you are more likely to see the big numbers witnessing the excitement from the side-lines. The Boxing Day has become a traditional family friendly event with many families meeting up after Christmas Day to spending a lovely Boxing Day morning together.

Our 2019 dip had a record-breaking response with over 200 dippers taking part and at least a thousand spectators supporting the event and joining in with the fun. As a result, the club raised over £14,000.00 for various local and national charities. We also featured on national television with BBC Breakfast filming live at the event on Boxing Day morning. We hope for an equally successful event this year and we hope the local community comes out support ourselves, our dippers and the many charities involved.

To register for the dip, please either sign up using the PayPal link below then we will email a sponsor form to you or you can register and pay at The Whitby Pet Shop,15 Station Square Whitby and collect a sponsor form. You can also register and pay on the day by credit/debit card or cash at the registration tent at the bandstand. To keep up to date for the latest event information please visit the Whitby Lions Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

The club would again like to thank everyone who enters, volunteers and especially The Whitby Pet Shop for taking the time to register our dippers, Esk Valley Coaches and their staff who kindly volunteer their coaches each year and Whitby Diving Club who help to ensure the safety of our dippers. 


Event Information

All dippers MUST be registered to take part as our insurance does not cover anyone who is not registered.

After purchasing your event entry either through this website or at The Whitby Pet Shop, you still need to register on the day at our registration tent. This ensures we know how many people are doing the dip for safety reasons. You can still sign up for the event on the morning by going to our registration tent and paying the £10 entry fee by either credit/debit card or cash.   

Registration opens at 10 AM on Boxing Day morning and is situation next to the Bandstand on Pier Road opposite the RNLI Museum, Whitby.

Event Address – Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU. (Please see Google Map below).

Fancy Dress

Everyone is welcome to come in fancy dress, we highly recommend it!

Prizes are awarded for the best dressed:

Adult Female

Adult Male

Under 16 – Female

Under 16 – Male


If you are lucky enough to win a category, please give your contact details to a Lion’s club member and we will either give you your prize on the day or post it to you.    

Event Timings

Registration Tent Opens – 10 AM

Fancy Dress Judging – 10:30 AM 

Immediately after the Fancy Dress Judging – Everyone runs into the Sea

Changing Facilities 

Changing facilities are provided with male and female buses for dippers to change if required. We recommend that dippers turn up in their fancy dress costume/clothes before the event. Please bring spare clothes with you so you can change into them after the dip. We recommend you a bring towel to dry yourself afterwards and a bag for your wet clothes. We highly recommend you do the dip in an old pair of trainers, as the wet sand can be very cold and there are rocks in the sea that can be dangerous.


If you have registered for the dip and you either have tested positive for Covid-19, you have any symptoms or you have been told to isolate or you are isolating, unfortunately, you will be unable able take part in the event for the safety of others. Further information of Covid-19 symptoms can be found at:

If you are attending the event to watch the dip, again if you either have tested positive for Covid-19, you have any symptoms or you have been told to isolate or you are isolating, unfortunately, you will be unable to attend the event and please for the safety and benefit of others please stay away from the event.


Once you are in the sea, the volunteers from the Whitby Diving Club will form a perimeter and you should not in ANY circumstances go beyond this perimeter for your own safety. The event will also be watched over from the beach by the volunteers from the Whitby Coastguard Team and our Whitby Lion Members will be patrolling the event. If any incident occurs and a person requires assistance, these teams will get the individual out of the water and preform any first aid that is required. The whole event will be supervised and watched over by First Response Paramedics who can issue first aid as required. 

All dippers should be prepared for the cold sea and air temperature of this time of year. Dippers can spend up to 20 minutes in the sea and can either go fully into the sea or up to waist height. Once the signal has been given by the diving team ALL dippers MUST get out of the sea.

After The Event

Warm soup is provided free of charge to registered dippers to help them warm up after the event. In the days/weeks after the event you are responsible for collecting your own sponsorship money and sending to your chosen charity. Whitby Lions will not be able to do this for you.

Further Information

If you require any further information please contact us via:


Tel: Please ask for Lion Brian Harrison – 01947 897249

For further and up to date information especially on the day itself please check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Event Location – Whitby Bandstand, Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU.