The Big Swim 2016

We would like to say a massive thank you to:

  • Our wonderful sponsor SHARP’S BREWERY for all their continued support
  • JOHN BRAY AND PARTNERS for sponsoring our fantastic stage!!!
  • Special thanks to ROCK TORS and POLZEATH LIFE SAVING CLUB and their teams who provided water safety on the day and EVERYONE who volunteered and helped who make this day such a success!


We are delighted to have been able to donate this year’s proceeds of the swim to:

£3,000 Port Isaac RNLI
The charity that saves lives at sea

£3,000 The Cornwall Air Ambulance
Help life-saving missions throughout Cornwall

£3,000 The Little Harbour Hospice
For all those precious children in Plymouth and Cornwall

£1,500 National Lobster Hatchery
For all their continued education, conservation and research

£1,500 The Village Hall
Helping support our local hall with their refurbishment fund

£1,500 Polzeath Life Saving Club
For the team that looks after you in the water and provides life-saving training for children from 7 years and upwards

£1,000 The National Trust
Who give us permission to use the beach and bring a fantastic team on the day

A DONATION OF £1,500 was also given by Sharp’s Brewery to the Little Harbour form the proceeds of the bar…

taking the Grand total to: £16,000.00

Last years money raised was £12,700.00.

That means that since 2011 The Big Swim Cornwall has raised £60,461.37 for local charities.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of this event and to everyone who volunteers on the day.

Set yourself ‘the challenge of the summer’ whilst spending the weekend in the gorgeous coastal villages of Port Isaac and Port Gaverne. Choose from a selection of races to challenge you, swim for fun or come back to beat your last year’s personal best! If you are new to ‘The Big Swim’, welcome!

The 2016 Big Swim raised £16,000 for charities. Every year you raise more and more! Well done and thank you to everyone who took part and contributed to this success.

The Big Swim was initiated by Sarah Coates, who wanted to inspire locals and visitors to utilise this amazing natural resource on their doorstep and take to the open water to push boundaries, create a fun personal challenge whilst raising money for local charities that support our fragile coastal communities.

Last year hundreds of you swam, then relaxed and listened to the music line up, which was fantastic, and the party continued on The Platt until midnight.

Sharp’s Brewery remains our fabulous sponsor and donates a FREE pint to every swimmer after the race of delicious Sharp’s beer.

This year John Bray are sponsoring the sound stage right on the Slipway, Port Isaac. John Bray is an established Estate Agent and Holiday Letting Agency with over 40 years experience, specialising in properties in Port Isaac, Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock. As a local company with a base in Port Isaac, they are delighted to support The Big Party! raising money for local and other good causes.

Our two local campsites are ready to welcome you once again. We had some lovely feedback from swimmers last year who stayed at the campsites.

The Big Swim Campsite: Pennant Farm, St Endellion, Port Isaac, PL29 3TP. Call Mark or Carol on 01208 880574 or 07979 368607, or email them at [email protected]. £10 per adult.

‘Glam Tipi Camping’ – Cornish Tipi Holidays, St. Teath, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3LW. Call Lizzie on 01208 880781 or visit