Windermere, Lake District
07 June 2024

Arla Great North Swim

7-9 June 2024

The Arla Great North Swim will be back on 7-9 June 2024.

Choose from six different open water swimming distances to suit all ages, abilities, and level of experience. Whether you’re looking to get fit, improve your time, soak up some nature or raise money for charity, you‘ll be part of an amazing collective experience - guaranteed.  Dive into nature and join us at the UK’s biggest open water swimming event. So what do you say - see you on the shore?

Booking fee (£2 per entry) is applied at checkout (excludes Swim250 distance). 

Swim Distances


£19 Entry Price

If you’re keen to try an open water swim but don’t know where to start, the 250 distance is ideal, and is also a great introductory event for younger swimmers age 8 years +

1/2 Mile

£39 Entry Price

A great introduction to outdoor swimming. Equivalent to around 32 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 20min. Entrants must be 12 years +

1 Mile

£44 Entry Price

Suitable for swimmers of all abilities. Equivalent to 64 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 40 min. Entrants must be 16 years +

2 Mile

£52 Entry Price

Perfect event for open water swimmers looking for a longer challenge. Equivalent to around 125 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 1hr 15min. Entrants must be 16 years +


£59 Entry Price

Suits experienced swimmers looking to go that little bit further. Equivalent to around 200 lengths of a 25m pool. Swimmers must be able to swim 5k continuously & unaided within 2.5 hours. Entrants must be 16 years +


£89 Entry Price

Suitable for regular swimmers who are capable of taking on longer distances. Anyone who enters should be able to swim 10k continuously & unaided within 4.5 hours. This swim will be 6 laps of the standard 1 mile course. Entrants must be 18 years +

Track Your Swim

New for 2024! You can now hire a tracker pre-event to use on the day of your swim! The tracker will allow your family and loved ones at Brockhole, and at home, to ‘dot watch’ you via Open Tracking. Each swimmer will be displayed on a tracking page as a dot. By clicking on the dot various options can be seen including your location on the map, start time, split times, etc.

The tracker will be handed to you in a tow float at our merchandising tent and will need to be given back after your swim. You can add tracker hire at point of entry for just £15. If you have already entered and want to hire a tracker, you can order via the link below.


Hire a Swim Tracker here  

Swim Sessions - Sunday 9 June

After a successful pilot last year, two supervised swim sessions are available on Sunday 9 June designed for those who want to give open water swimming a try, or those with experience who want to refine their swimming technique. 
DIVING IN 13:30pm £50 inc. VAT

This 1hour skills session is aimed at first-time open water swimmers or those who would like support in developing their open water confidence. This course will teach you all the open water swimming fundamentals with our specialist coaches on hand to guide and answer any questions you might have, so you can feel more assured in the water. 


Sign Up Here  

MOVING UP 13:30pm £50 inc. VAT 

This 1hour skills session is aimed at swimmers who are already confident, or have some experience swimming in the open water, and want to develop their stroke and skills. You will spend 45min in the water, refining your swimming techniques with advice from our specialist coaches. This session will help give you the confidence to perhaps go for a bigger distance in the future or feel more efficient and comfortable in the water.


Sign Up Here  


The Arla Great North Swim is a  weekend-long celebration of open-water swimming. Expect stunning scenery, the best of local food and drink, outdoor activities, culture, art, history and thousands of like-minded people coming together. Think of it more as an open-water adventure than a race.


Which Distance?

1/2 mile

Arla Great North Swim250

If you’re keen to try an open water swim, but don’t know where to start, the Great North Swim250 event is ideal. It's perfect for new new or nervous swimmers, families, and children aged 8 and over, to test the water and get a feel for swimming in the great outdoors. 
What is it? 
250 metres (the equivalent of 10 lengths of a standard 25 metre pool) of open water swimming/splashing/doggy-paddling in the bay area of Windermere.
Please note: Please note our wetsuit policy. Every child aged 11 and under must be accompanied by one adult (per child). Anyone aged 18+ years old is classified as an adult.

Payment information: For children aged 8 - 11 years old the standard entry payment is £19 and accompanying adults must also purchase an entry at a cost of £19. For anyone aged 12 years + the entry is £19 per entry.

All entrants will receive a swim cap, a shiny new medal and a finisher's t-shirt, included in the entry price. 


8 - 11 year olds sign up here  

12 years old and over sign up here  

Great North Swim250