Northumberland coast prepares to welcome naked dippers

Skinny dippers at Druridge Bay.
Skinny dippers at Druridge Bay.
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The Northumberland coastline is set to play host to hundreds of naked swimmers again this weekend.

The North East Skinny Dip is an annual mass skinny dip.

Founded by Jax Higginson, the event, now in its fourth year, takes place at sunrise on Druridge Bay, as close to the autumn equinox as is possible. This year’s event is on Sunday.

Nearly 300 dippers braved the North Sea last year and many have spoken of the life-affirming experience they had that morning.

Jax said: “It’s not about looking good, it’s about taking a risk, celebrating our bodies, being close to nature, raising money for charity and maybe even breaking a world record.”

“The benefit of being on the east coast is that, on a clear day, we get to run towards a big, red, rising sun.

“The autumn equinox is the transition from summer to winter, so we celebrate the summer and welcome the winter by stripping down to skin and running wild and free into the North Sea.

“Be silly and laugh your socks off or come gently and quietly and just renew yourself in her waters.”

Last year’s skinny dip featured in the first episode of the most recent series of More Tales from Northumberland and showed Robson Green joined the dippers on a stunning morning at Druridge.

Registration costs £10 per person and covers insurance, amenities and first-aid cover. The profits from the event are given to Mind, the mental-health charity, which supports those in crisis.

For more information, visit www.northeastskinny dip.co.uk

Or check out the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northeastskinnydip