When I found out a few days ago that Tom and I would be in Cardiff for New Year’s Eve, I started googling things to do, fireworks etc and something that kept coming up was the Barry Island New Year’s Day swim. As this is the first year that I’m not hungover on the 1st January, I thought it might be fun if Tom and I joined in the beach fun.
Sadly Tom’s work ran longer than expected so we didn’t make it to the beach in time for the mass start but we did spot a few brave souls that stayed in longer than the rest of the crowds.
Now in it’s 32nd year, they anticipated that 1000 people would turn up to take to the sea or watch those mad enough to strip off for the event. Many don fancy dress for the occasion and use it as a charity fundraising event.
Some people weren’t going anywhere near that water…despite having swimming trunks on under his tracksuit bottoms.
I really wanted to go in, despite the frigid temperatures, but didn’t want to run in alone. I took off my shoes and socks, rolled up my leggings and ran towards the sea…
…ankle deep I realised just how cold it was! This face says it all!
I wish I could tell you that I braved the cold, stripped off and started to swim, but the truth is I ran pretty quickly back to Tom and the towel to thaw my white feet out. I’m so impressed by everyone that fully submerged themselves into the sea, especially those in bikinis and budgie smugglers!
Since we completely copped out of the swim, we took advantage of the pool in Tom’s new apartment complex and went for a far warmer dip in the afternoon. Starting my New Year’s resolutions on day 1 – score!
Are any of you Gavin And Stacey fans? If you are you would probably have recognised the beach and arcade at Barry from the series. I used to love the show, so it was fun to see this at one of the busy beachside cafes!
Have you ever done something a bit different on New Year’s Day?