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Watch some hardcore swimmers go for a frozen dip

Posted at 2:15 pm, December 24, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Peter Pan CupWho said Christmas was about lazily strolling round in your pyjamas and stuffing your face until you’re almost sick? Well for members of the Serpentine Swimming club, whoever said it is wrong. At 9am on Christmas morning, every year numerous resilient members take part in the club’s Peter Pan Cup – a 100yd race down the icy waters of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. The swim has taken place every year since 1864 and is named after Sir James Barrie (who wrote Peter Pan), as he was a patron of the competition. Although you’re probably desperate to take part, sadly this race is only for members who’ve had prior experience swimming in minus goodnessknowswhat degrees temperatures, but you won’t miss out as spectators are welcome to come and watch. If the whole idea of this just gives you the chills, just pop across to the adjacent Kensington Gardens to visit the statue of Peter Pan instead. Sasha Gallick

For info, see Peter Pan Cup listing.

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