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Whitby Lion’s Boxing Day Dip; Only For The Brave!

It’s getting closer to the Whitby Lion’s Boxing Day Dip! Are you brave enough to dip in the North Sea on Boxing Day?

Why not take part in the annual Whitby Lion’s Boxing Day Dip? A fun family day out organised by the Whitby District Lions Club.

Boxing Day Dip.

The Whitby Boxing Day Dip 

The Whitby Boxing Day Dip has become a tradition in this beautiful seaside town. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a refreshing dip in the North Sea on Boxing Day morning? After all, what better way to cure your late festive blues than participating in this family-friendly outdoor charity event?

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Boxing Day Dip.

This fun and frantic event has been running for over 45 years. Over the past four decades, numbers have soared from a handful of brave local citizens to almost 200 eager dippers. Participants, known as ‘dippers’, travel from far and wide in a desperate frenzy to run into the wintery ice-cold waves of the North Sea. 

Fancy dress!

Dinosaur Costumes.

Fancy dress is a must for many dippers, with prizes available for the best! In previous years, we have seen fantastic costumes such as dinosaurs, Batman and Robin, Christmas trees, a team of traffic cones, and a fancy dress wedding proposal!


Raising money for charity

The 2022 dip was the biggest ever, with a record-breaking response with over 250 dippers participating and at least a thousand spectators supporting the event and joining the fun. As a result, the club raised nearly £4,800.00 to support their work helping local organisations and charities. The dippers raised thousands of pounds for various local and national charities.

Whitby Lions Boxing Day Dip.

Participants can be sponsored by their chosen charity, with 100% of the money they raise going to the charity/organisation of their choice. Participants will be fully responsible for collecting and distributing their sponsor money to their chosen charity. Whitby Lion’s will not be involved in the process.  


How can I take part in the Boxing Day Dip 2023?

Entry costs £10 per person; this will be paid directly to Whitby Lion’s.

To pay your entry fee and request a sponsor form for the dip, please click here, which will take you to the Boxing Day Dip page to pay by PayPal. 

Alternatively, you can enter and pay at The Whitby Pet Shop, 15 Station Square, Whitby and collect a sponsor form. You can also join and pay on the day by credit/debit card at the registration tent, which is located near the bandstand on Pier Road.

Event Address – Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU


To keep up with 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 dippers, Whitby Diving Club, who help ensure dipper’s safety and Whitby’s R.N.L.I. inshore lifeboat.

See you there!

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