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Buckfastleigh Ice Gala 2019

February 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


BIG4 – Swim fast, swim slow, swim with a hat on your head, have fun!

Buckfastleigh Ice Gala is upon us again. 

Since we started in 2016 we’ve been a little haven of ice swimming for those of you who love cold water, or just want to challenge yourselves. We invite you to join us and celebrate with 80 odd people from the community of outdoor swimmers in the South West.

We have four races – freestyle, head up breaststroke, individual medley and relays. We also have a prize for the Best Dressed – hats, costumes or whatever funky attire takes your fancy.

This year the money raised will go towards the cost of a new boiler, ensuring that our pool is able to serve summer and winter swimming for years to come. But we also invite you to raise money for your own causes; as ice swimming is challenging. In 2016, three relay teams from Newton Abbot College raised money for their school trip to Borneo, for example.

The races and fees:

Freestyle (42m) – men’s and women’s races. £10 + eventbrite fee

Head up Breaststroke (42m) – men’s and women’s races. £10 + eventbrite fee

Individual medley (84m) – men’s and women’s races. One length of each of freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. £10 + eventbrite fee

Relays (42m each x 4) – mixed teams. At least one of each gender in a team. £25 + eventbrite fee.

Note – the race rules require you to wear no more than a swimming costume, goggles and hat. Wetsuits, rash vests, thermal tops, bottoms etc are not allowed. But there are exceptions for wacky costumes and hats!

More information

The gala will be at Buckfastleigh Pool. Just off the A38 in south Devon. Parking is adjacent.

There will be hot drinks, soup and bread. And cakes, lots of cakes.

We have hot showers, shelter and a hot tent to help you warm up afterwards.

Once you’ve entered we will keep you up to date on the Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool – Victoria Park page on Facebook. And we’ll email you (bcc’d) about the fine details nearer the time.

If you’d like more info in the meantime please email

ENTRY SALES CLOSE ON 26th January 2019.

Registration will be open from 1000 to 1100 on the day, please arrive in plenty of time for your swim – a schedule of races, start times and information regarding the start procedure will be published nearer the time on the FB event page.


Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool
Victoria Park
Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0BD United Kingdom
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Buckfastleigh Pool