Windermere, Lake District
09 June 2023

Arla Great North Swim

9-11 June 2023

Good luck to all 2023 swimmers, have an amazing weekend! Don’t forget to come back and check out your official event photos and results from the day, they’ll be available on the website after the event. Results are updated intermittently across the weekend, so if your finish time doesn't appear, please check back later.

The Arla Great North Swim will be back on 7-9 June 2024. Sign up now for next year to get our discounted launch price. Don’t miss out on our lowest entry price!

Booking fee (£2 per entry) is applied at checkout (excludes Swim250 distance). 
Great North Swim 2024 launch price offer ends at 10 am on 10th August 2023. 

Swim Distances


£15 Launch Price 2024 Entry

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 + (Standard entry price £19).

1/2 Mile

£31 Launch Price 2024 Entry

A great introduction to outdoor swimming. Equivalent to around 32 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 20min. Entrants must be 12 years + (Standard entry price £39).

1 Mile

£35 Launch Price 2024 Entry

Suitable for swimmers of all abilities. Equivalent to 64 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 40 min. Entrants must be 16 years + (Standard entry price £44).

2 Mile

£42 Launch Price 2024 Entry

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 + (Standard entry price £52).


£47 Launch Price 2024 Entry

Suits experienced swimmers looking to go that little bit further. Equivalent to around 200 lengths of a 25m pool. Cut off times apply, swimmers must be able to reach halfway (2500m) within 1 hour and finish within 2 hours. Entrants must be 16 years + (Standard entry price £59).


£71 Launch Price 2024 Entry

Suitable for regular swimmers who are capable of taking on longer distances. Anyone who enters must be able to swim 10k unaided, within 4 hours. This swim will be 6 laps of the standard 1 mile course. Entrants must be 18 years + (Standard entry price £89).

SwimFest 2023

We can’t wait to see our swimmers at Brockhole this weekend for the Arla Great North Swim! Expect a GREAT weekend with stunning scenery, the best of local food and drink, and thousands of like-minded people coming together. There’s a jam-packed 3 days of activities for swimmers and supporters to enjoy, with guest speakers, activities, music, and more. Plan your visit with our SwimFest guide below. For detailed event information, see the event guide here.



Swim Sessions - Sunday 11 June

There are three supervised swim sessions available on Sunday 11 June, designed for those who want to give open water swimming a try or those with experience who want to refine their swimming technique.
Rookie Splash 12pm or 12.30pm
An introduction to the world of open water swimming for everyone aged 8 years & over. The perfect session to just ‘have a go’ and quite literally, test the water! Choose from 2, 30-minute sessions (12 pm or 12.30 pm). You’ll stay in the shallows of Windermere, so you’ll always be able to stand up should you want to. The amazing Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) team will be there to look after you throughout to give advice and answer any questions you might have.
Open Water Masterclass 12 pm 
A 1hr skills session for those who are comfortable swimming in the open water. You will spend 45 mins in the water refining your skills with technical advice from our specialist coaches. They will guide and share tips on breathing techniques, drafting, sighting, mass starts, and turning around buoys. 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.

Entry information

To enter, please visit the information point at Brockhole this weekend. We ask for a £5 donation (cash or card), which will be split between the RLSS and the Lake District Foundation. If you take part and decided to enter the 2024 Arla Great North Swim, then you’ll also get £5 off your entry. Please note that the £5 entry donation made for these events includes a swim cap on the day, and full water safety cover and instruction. 

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