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The 'Peter Pan Cup' Christmas Morning Handicap Swim

 Starts at 9:00 am

Whilst all across London, children are eagerly waiting to unwrap their presents, the members of the 'Serpentine Swimming Club' who have met in London's Hyde Park, winter and summer since 1864 are preparing, some decked out in Santa hats, to swim their traditional 100 yards annual Christmas day swim. The Serpentine Swimming Club is one of the oldest swimming clubs in the country, and the first race was won by H.Coulter. He streaked home to win a gold medal, which became customary to award to the winner. This changed in 1904 when Sir James Barrie, the novelist, immortalised the race by presenting the first 'Peter Pan Cup'; like the boy that never grew up, the race has taken on a similarly legendary appeal.

The race is only open to members and is raced on a handicap system. For anyone foolish enough to plunge into the icy Serpentine waters, with its temperature usually below 40 oF (4 oC) degrees in the winter, without acclimatisation over several months, the shock could prove fatal! As one New Year's reveller found to his cost.

To compete in the Peter Pan Christmas Day Race you must have competed in the entire Winter Series.


The race starts at 9am on the 25th December, on the south bank of the lake close to the Serpentine Café (the old pavilion). Spectators are most welcome, but are advised to wrap up warm.

Contact and Booking Details

 Starts at 9:00 am

Booking details and information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

Disclaimer: All information given is correct at the time of compiling the listings. Any questions about the event should be directed to the event organiser. Photos and images used in this listing are supplied by the organiser.

2023-12-25 09:00 2023-12-25 09:00 Europe/London The 'Peter Pan Cup' Christmas Morning Handicap Swim You can watch hardy folk going for a traditional Christmas morning swim in Hyde Park. Serpentine Lake,Hyde Park,London,


Serpentine Lake,

Hyde Park,
W2 2UH

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