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2023: UK Events Calendar

By Jack Hudson , 22 May, 2023

Calling all SwimTrekkers!

Join us this summer in attendance and support of the United Kingdom's best-loved open water events. Swim with us as we continue to champion this unique sport we all love, working more closely than ever with our favourite communities and organisations across the British Isles.

From the meanders of the Dart 10K, to ruffled Henham Park Lake at Latitude Festival, we aim to be more involved than ever in your most memorable aquatic moments this year. At times, we’ll even keep you company out there in the churned bubbles, as well as offering support, prizes, equipment and unique experiences to all participants.

See you out there!


24 Hour Relay | Level Water 24 Hour Relay | Level Water
Lakes & Tarns | SwimTrek Lakes & Tarns | SwimTrek
Isle of Skye Isle of Skye | SwimTrek

JUNE 2023

Lake Adventures & The UK's First National Open Water Swimming Centre

Sea Lanes

Sea Lanes Opening

1 June (Launch Event)

We've been looking forward to the opening of Sea Lanes Brighton (our new home on the beachfront) for a long time now! The UK's first National Open Water Swimming Centre launch event takes place on Thursday 1st June, with a six team relay race between all those that have been involved in the creation of Sea Lanes. This will then be followed by a Masterclass hosted by Zoggs ambassador and Olympic medallist Keri-Anne Payne and SwimTrek.

Great North Swim

10 June

We're very excited to support the upcoming Arla Great North Swim in Windermere (England's largest natural lake - 10.5 miles long!) on Saturday 10 June. This past decade the event has grown from around 3,000 swimmers to 10,000.

24 Hour Relay

Level Water: 24 Hour Relay

10-11 June

We're back at Shepperton Lake for the second year running - the 24 Hour Relay is a truly fantastic event, raising money for the Level Water charity. Come join us at the lake and lap through the night in moonlit freshwater. Gather a team of 2 to 8 swimmers and leap into a weekend of wild camping and swimming. Each swimmer is in the water for an hour on rotation for 24 hours in total!

yogaswim Lakes

YogaSwim Lake District

17-19 June

Combine freshwater swims and restorative yoga in Cumbria's iconic Lake District for our YogaSwim trip. Get back to nature, where the Lake Poets roamed, with a combination of stunning fell walks and swims in lesser-known local waters.

Lakes & Tarns

20-22 June & 23-25 June

Explore the Lake District's Lakes & Tarns and get lost among stunning valleys, lakes, tarns and waterfalls. Combine safely escorted open water swims with spectacular fell and forest walks.


JULY 2023

Family-friendly Festivals & Iconic UK Open Water Events

Bantham Swoosh

Level Water: Bantham Swoosh

8 July

We're delighted to say that we'll be in attendance for the 'Biggest Open Water Swimming event in the UK'. The Bantham Swoosh is a world class 6km swim in a sand-bottomed estuary in Devon. The course culminates in a “swoosh” as the ebbing tide funnels through a narrow section of river, speeding you along at up to four times your usual swimming speed!

Outdoor Swimmer: Henley Swim Festival

9 July

We will also be back for the Outdoor Swimmer: Henley Swim Festival in Henley-on-Thames. Open water swimming events have been held on the Thames since the 1890s, so this is truly a historic event in a wonderful, leafy setting, outside of London.

Western Lakes

19-21 July

Another fantastic trip we're running in The Lakes this year! Swim the Western Lakes among the rolling green fells of the Cumbrian Lake District. Stay close to stunning Crummock Water and Buttermere and discover the area's lesser-known meres, waterfalls and rivers.


Latitude Festival

20-23 July

Another year, another excuse for SwimTrek to wake festival-goers up in style - that's right, we're back for more freshwater swims at the UK's most family-friendly event: Latitude Festival!

Weekend ticket holders can choose from a selection of morning, evening, or 1-2-1 coaching slots this year. Improve your swim technique, soak in the festival atmosphere from Henham Park Lake and invigorate yourself with a healthy dose of open water, before you head to the main stages!

latitude Pre-swim briefing beside Henham Park Lake
latitude Reggie displays the classic 'I'm okay' gesture
latitude Jo Whiley joins our swimmers as we leap in!


Western Lakes

Western Lakes

22-24 July

Your second chance to escape with us to the Lake District's Western Lakes! Reap the benefits of fully escorted outdoor swims with expert guides and share adventures with like-minded swimmers.

Isle of Skye and Small Isles

23-29 July (SOLD OUT) & 30 July-5 August

Discover the breathtaking scenery of Scotland's Isle of Skye on this incredible liveaboard swimming holiday! You can even try your hand at crewing on a traditional tall ship - the majestic Lady of Avenel - allowing you to reach remote destinations and secluded swim spots in a unique and sustainable way.

SwimTrek Channel Relay

31 July

Another big one for us! Six of the SwimTrek HQ staff are putting their money where their mouth is and joining forces to swim the English Channel together. Please support their heroic efforts via their official JustGiving page.


Roam The English Lake District & sail to the Scottish Hebrides

Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides

6-12 August

Sail and swim with us among some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery as we traverse the 10 islands that make up the southern section of the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

SwimTrekkers SwimTrekkers enjoy a Scottish coastal swim
photo break Island photo break between swims
lady of avenel SwimTrekkers with Lady of Avenel in background

YogaSwim Lake District

7-9 August

Get back to nature, where the Lake Poets roamed, with relaxing yoga sessions, stunning fell walks and unforgettable lake and tarn swimming for our August YogaSwim trip.

Lakes & Tarns

10-12 August

Another chance to bag those English Lakes & Tarns. Relax in tranquillity at one of our fantastic accommodations. Glenthorne Guest House - offering hearty, home-cooked meals. Or, stay in The Inn at Grasmere with a sauna, heated pool and a menu full of seasonal and local produce.

Western Lakes

17-19 August & 20-22 August

Reap the benefits of fully escorted outdoor swims with expert guides in the Western Lakes. Then dine at the stunning Buttermere Court Hotel and take iconic hikes in the Lake Poets' footsteps.


More Lake Adventures & Getting Back To The Hurly Burly

Hurly Burly

Lakes & Tarns

8-10 September

Our final departure to the English Lakes & Tarns will set off in sunlit (we hope) September. Get back to nature with a short escape swimming holiday in the UK’s infinitely picturesque Lake District.

YogaSwim Lake District

11-13 September

For our final YogaSwim experience of 2023, we'll be hiking, swimming and enjoying yoga among the 700 square miles of beautiful natural scenery that make up this region.

Western Lakes

14-16 September

Finally, for our trips to the Lake District in 2023, we're closing the season with our last departure to the lesser-swum Western Lakes - a world away from the bustle of the popular Northern and Southern Lakes!

Level Water: Hurly Burly

16 September

We'll be back in North Wales to swim with you and provide support for this one! We wouldn't miss Level Water's Level Water: Hurly Burly for the world. Participants will leap into a sandy estuary and ride a fast tide for the speediest 10k in the land – there are run-swim and run options too!


Level Water: Dart 10K

2-3 September

Swim Start: 9am Start Location: Totnes, Devon Finish Location: Greenway, National Trust

Get ready for this one! We're excited to join swimmers for the Level Water: Dart 10K - the first (and arguably the finest) marathon-distance swim in the UK. The event captures the essence and ethos of the open water community, following the classic route down the River Dart, from Totnes. Keep an eye out for local landmarks along the way, like the Cormorant Tree, the white rock, Sharpham boathouse and Bow Creek. 10km later, you’ll be greeted by cheers, hugs and hot chocolate as you settle into a deckchair for a well earned rest!

Dart10k Thumbs up for a great swim!
Dart10k Mid-swim river formations
Dart10k Can't beat that Dart 10K feeling!


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