North East Skinny Dip returns for 2021 amid an explosion of wild swimming - here's how to register

One of the North East’s most intriguing events is returning for 2021 – and you are cordially invited to take part.

Monday, 16th August 2021, 4:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th August 2021, 1:49 pm

The North East Skinny Dip (NESD) takes place each year at dawn as the colder months begin to set in around the time of the autumn equinox.

But while baring all to brave the elements still takes a certain amount of courage, the explosion in popularity of wild swimming may encourage more people to take the plunge.

The event takes place in Druridge Bay in Northumberland, but is founded by Jax Higginson, 42, from Whitburn.

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People taking part in a previous North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay in Nothumberland. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

“There really is nothing quite like stripping down to skin and running wild and free into the North Sea with hundreds of other humans,” said Jax, 42.

“NESD is not just a skinny dip. It's an experience! A celebration of life! Of nature! And of our own, unique, physical bodies!

"It provides a rare opportunity to step into our vulnerability, challenge the beauty myth and demolish shame. It's about taking a risk, embracing a moment of pure joy and freedom and ultimately promoting a deeper awareness of the importance of mental health. In all things!”

Jax said some 712 skinny dippers took to the North Sea at the last event, and she is hoping for hundreds to join in again, raising money for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind in the process.

Jax Higginson is the organiser of the annual North East Skinny Dip.

"NESD continues to thrive,” she said.

"If you have joined us before you will understand that there is no better way of marking the Autumn Equinox than stripping down to skin and running wild and free into the North Sea with hundreds of other humans!

"If you have not, now is your chance. Commit to this unique event today! Every 'body' welcome. No exceptions.”

Skinny-dippers have raised more than £65,000 for the charity since 2012.

“All proceeds from your pledges and every single penny of your fundraising will go towards improving local mental health services and local mental health,” said Jax.

NESD 2021 will take place at sunrise on Sunday, September 19.

For more information and to register, go to www.northeastskinnydip.co.uk

Full event details will be sent by email to those who register.

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