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 NYDS raises over £57,000

The Presentation Evening for the 2019 Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim was held last night (Wednesday 8th May) at the St Brides Spa Hotel. Saundersfoot Festivities thanked all swimmers, sponsors, commercial sponsors and helpers for contributing to the magnificent £57,292 raised by the Swim. The money raised by the swimmers benefited 41 charitable and worthy causes. The generosity of the commercial sponsors ensured that every penny raised was donated to charity.

Among the recipients were a number of charities that received at least £1000. They included the HOPE, Wales Air Ambulance, Breast Cancer Care, Cancer Research, MacMillan, Cancer Research Local causes who benefitted were Saundersfoot Footlights, Sandy Bear, Paul Satori and Myrddin Special Needs Unit. The highest cheque of over £5,000 was presented to Cancer Research.

Main guests at the Presentation were Nicky Hurst of Powell’s Cottage Holidays (NYDS main sponsor), County Councillor Phil Baker and Phil Odley Jr, Chairman of the Saundersfoot Chamber of Tourism and Neil Sefton, Chairman of Saundersfoot Community Council. The guests helped to present the numerous certificates, awards and cheques.

Winner of the Betty Duncan Cup for the highest sponsored swimmer was Mick Booth who raised a fantastic £3,900 for St Issells Church. A number of other swimmers raised in excess of £1000 each.

Best group fancy dress winners were the Taylor Family from Hereford for their sensational ‘Wizard Of Oz’. Mick Booth won the Best Individual fancy dress as ‘Piano Man’.

During the presentation Martyn Williams took time to thank everybody who was involved in making the 35th swim such a success, namely all the emergency services, safety personnel, stewards, bucket collectors and sponsors. He added, “The swim continues to go from strength to strength. The magnificent sum of £57,000 is as a result of the hard work of the swimmers, sponsors, financial contributions from commercial sponsors and organisations within the locality. The cheques handed out will make a difference to each of the 41 charitable and worthwhile causes”.

Saundersfoot New Year’s Swim would like to thank St Brides Spa Hotel for their hospitality and continued support.

In the 35 year history of this event, it has raised over £600,000 Plans are well under way for the 2020 NYDS. For further information about the 2020 swim please keep an eye out on the swim website<> or follow Charlie Shivers on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Photographs courtesy of gareth davies photography

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