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Four festive swims you can take part in across north Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 09:59 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 07 December 2017

Getting into the festive spirit at a Hunstanton Christmas Day swim. Photo: Paul Tibbs

Getting into the festive spirit at a Hunstanton Christmas Day swim. Photo: Paul Tibbs

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It is a bracing and bizarre festive tradition which has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity – and shed a few Christmas pounds in the process.

Part of the fun at a Christmas swim at Hunstanton.
 Photo: Ian BurtPart of the fun at a Christmas swim at Hunstanton. Photo: Ian Burt

It is a bracing and bizarre festive tradition which has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity – and shed a few Christmas pounds in the process.

Once again this year, north Norfolk’s intrepid festive swimmers will be swapping snug living-rooms for icy North Sea waves to raise money for local causes.

Here’s where you can watch the merry maniacs, or even dare to join them, this year:

• Cromer, 9am Boxing Day, Cromer Pier

Enjoying a  Christmas Day swim in Hunstanton. Picture: Archant staffEnjoying a Christmas Day swim in Hunstanton. Picture: Archant staff

Cromer’s Boxing Day Dip, organised by the North Norfolk Beech Runners, will be donating all proceeds for this year’s swim to the Stroke Association.

The donation will be made to show support for NNBR’s own Andy Kett, who suffered a stroke in September.

Arrive at 9am for the warm-up run or at 10am for the annual countdown - an hour earlier than previous years in order to avoid the high tide.

MORE: Even earlier start for this year’s traditional Boxing Day dip in Cromer

Two turtle doves - or two Christmas dips - at the Hunstanton Christmas Day swim. Pic Adam LazzariTwo turtle doves - or two Christmas dips - at the Hunstanton Christmas Day swim. Pic Adam Lazzari

• Overstrand, 10.15am Boxing Day, Bottom of the Gangway

One for those wishing to feel better about that Christmas feasting, the Boxing Day Swim at Overstrand takes to the tide just down the coast from Cromer.

All swimmers are welcomed – at their own risk.

There will be a bucket competition and mulled cider available for a donation.

People in Sheringham turned out in force to revive the town's New Year's Day dip in 2017. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAYPeople in Sheringham turned out in force to revive the town's New Year's Day dip in 2017. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Proceeds from the event will go to the upkeep of the Ovestrand Millennium Playground.

• Sheringham, 11am New Year’s Day, the East End Slip (The Tank Beach)

The RNLI’s New Year’s Day Dip was revived in 2017 after an absence of more than a decade, raising more than £300 for the town’s lifeboat. Many swimmers took part in fancy dress, while onlookers lined the beach to show their support.

• Huntstanton, 10am Christmas Day, Oasis Leisure Centre, Huntstanton Promenade

At Sheringham's New Year's Day dip in 2017. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAYAt Sheringham's New Year's Day dip in 2017. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Making a splash for more than 50 years now, the Huntstanton Christmas Day Swim is raising money for the Huntstanton Round Table, which funds a number of local causes. Remember to arrive in your fancy dress, as a £25 prize will be going to the best-dressed swimmer, and £100 to the best group.

Register at hunstanton615.wordpress.com/christmas-swim-2017/

At Sheringham's New Year's Day dip in 2017. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAYAt Sheringham's New Year's Day dip in 2017. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Taking part in the Cromer Boxing Day Dip. Picture: Archant LibraryTaking part in the Cromer Boxing Day Dip. Picture: Archant Library

Boxing Day swimmers at Cromer. Photo: Bill SmithBoxing Day swimmers at Cromer. Photo: Bill Smith

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