2023 Cambridge Slow Swim and Picnic
08 Jul 2023
The Cambridge Swim Picnic isn't a race. It's a social swim and a picnic at Sheep's Green, in the historic city of Cambridge. The only difference is to get to the picnic you have to swim along the idyllic River Cam from the village of Grantchester 2.5km away.
The Cambridge Swim Picnic is part of the Slow Swimming campaign, aimed at encouraging swimmers to take their time and enjoy the opportunity to be out fully immersed in nature. There are no timing chips or results sheets. Everyone who takes part is a winner equally.
We are very keen to get children used to, and enjoying, swimming outdoors. This will improve their safety in and around water and should encourage them to be lifelong outdoor swimmers. There isn't an age restriction as such, but obviously we would be depending on your adequate supervision of anyone under 16. I would very much recommend that they wear a wettie, as children lose heat quicker than adults when in water, and unless they are very good swimmers a form of buoyancy aid. Choose 'Child' when signing them up to receive a £5 discount on their entry.
To give everyone an enjoyable swim the event is split into waves. Each wave will go off at intervals from 10.30am, but exact start times will not be known until nearer the time as some waves may be split into two to stop overcrowding in the river:
Wave one: Seriously Need More Cake (Known as Serious), start at 10.30am. Choose this wave if you would like to actually race, but be prepared for a bit of a scrum in the narrow sections.
Wave two: Relaxed 'cause we know where the cake is hidden (Known as Relaxed). Steady pace - no rush.
Wave three: Enjoying the Journey (Known as Enjoying it). Sculling along, maybe with a bit of paddling, smiling and chatting.
Wave four: Pooh Sticks. (Shorter 1.2km Swim course) for those who fancy a shorter swim through the most idyllic surroundings.
Wave five: Pooh Sticks. (Shorter 1.2km course for floaty things) Basically it's for people who want to really enjoy the scenery and float along using floaty things (nothing bigger than a lilo please) and stick out the occasional hand or foot to paddle. It could be as little as arm bands or a rubber ring.
BUT - please make sure it's both safe (won't go down and drown you) and won't damage the river or river banks. We are here to help look after the river!
Start times subject to change nearer the day.
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up
Dates and Status
09:00:00 - 14:00:00
Total Places: 1000