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The Big Dip 2025 Fundraiser

1 January 2025 @ 7:15 am - 10:15 am

sunrise dip

Start the new year with a Big Dip – a Sunrise Dip on New Year’s Day

Start the new year with a clear head, burst of energy and a renewed sense of confidence to make the new year a great one. Take part in a sunrise dip on 01 January 2025, New Year’s Day and raise money for Blossome CIC. All proceeds help fund programmes for all affected by someone’s alcohol dependency or addiction.

A cold water dip is celebrated as a great way to start the New Year. Awaken your whole body, mind and soul with a sunrise swim in the sea at Walton On-the-Naze, Essex.  Join us for an early morning sunrise dip followed by hot drinks and a full cooked pancake and maple syrup breakfast at a beach hut. This is an experience for the memory books and the best way to start the new year. Your event ticket provides you with:

  • Use of a flotation device that you can borrow
  • Use of thermal socks and gloves (limited supply)
  • Bottomless hot beverages
  • Delicious hot pancake and maple syrup breakfast

We’d love it if you would fundraise for us, but this is optional. If you raise £150 you will receive a fabulous t-shirt. All money raised will go towards funding the Blossome 12-week Summer self-care programme.

Why Take part?

Cold water swimming offers so many mood-boosting benefits. It’s amazing for your mental health. We can get so caught up in the busyness of our lives or caught up in the blows that life has dealt us that we forget to take care of ourselves. This dip will help you take time for yourself, do something different for New Year’s Day, and start the new year with a remarkable experience. No matter what is happening in your life, use this time for you.

  • Connect with your heart and others
  • Feel joy in the moment
  • Smile and laugh out loud
  • Enjoy a short mindfulness practice
  • Feel the cold water rejuvenate your body, mind and soul
  • Start the New Year watching the sunrise and feeling your whole body, mind and soul bursting with energy

Please Donate

Help us raise much needed funding for Blossome with all proceeds going towards running the 12-Week Summer Self-Care for Grieving Hearts programme for all affected by someone’s alcohol dependency or addiction.

Cold-water dipping is part of the Blossome Self-Care programme. We organise dips every month of the year because they help people so much. The benefits of cold water swimming are well documented. You can read more about how cold water swimming helps mental wellness in this article.

The Big Dip takes place at sunrise on New Year’s Day. We ask participants to arrive at 7.15 am to enjoy the early dawn as they sign in and collect their flotation device for the event.

At sunrise!

We will enjoy a cold water dip in the sea just by the beach hut. We only stay in for 2-10 minutes, depending on the water temperature and how acclimatised you are to the cold . You can just dip your toes in or watch. No pressure. Just being there is fun and helps you feel alive just taking in the sunrise.

The Big Dip is suited to everyone, especially those who want to make a positive start to the New Year. It’s about taking in the moment, not being an experienced swimmer. I just float!  You can also just take part and learn more about the practice. You might just get hooked.

After our dip, we will retreat to a beach hut, a cosy base to come back to, ready with hot drinks, and a delicious pancake breakfast to refuel our bodies after the dip. Sit, relax and enjoy a wonderful view. ❤️

We serve delicious, warm Canadian pancakes with maple syrup, hot fruit compote, bacon, orange juice, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

We do our best to cater to all dietary requirements and offer oat milk and gluten free pancakes. Please let us know your dietary requirements and food allergies at the time of booking.

You will be given a flotation device to borrow as part of your entry fee. There might be some thermal water socks and thermal gloves which you can use, but a limited supply. Please let us know on your booking form if you would like to borrow some.

Wetsuits are recommended between November – April as temperatures drop. We do not have a supply of suits to borrow (not yet) – but many people will just be in their swimsuits so a wet suit is not a requirement.

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1 January 2025
7:15 am - 10:15 am
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Blossome CIC
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Red Beach Hut, Walton-on-the-Naze
D8 Southcliff
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8EJ United Kingdom
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