The Easter Day Dip for St Elizabeth Hospice will take place on Sunday the 17th of April, the event is the postponed Christmas Day Dip which had to be cancelled due to weather on the day. Around 500 dippers will be taking part in the challenge. Friends and family are all welcome to come along and watch which adds to the fantastic atmosphere as everyone gathers to run in to the sea. While those raising money will be dashing in to the bracing waters, there will be patients in the hospice receiving the care they need, thanks to your support.

Please read the Terms and Conditions thoroughly before registering for this event.

By signing up to the challenge you will automatically receive your own online giving page to share with your supporters - don't forget to personalise it with your reasons for taking part.

Frequently Asked Questions


Registration will open at 08:30am and close at 09:45am ready to dip at 10:00am. Please be mindful that there will be queues whilst we register everyone. Our brilliant volunteers will be on hand to get everyone through registration as quickly and safely as possible.


We will issue further COVID-19 safety advice closer to the event itself with recommendations on how to keep everyone as safe as possible now that legal restrictions have lifted.

Please do not attend the event if you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of COVID-19.

No on the day sign ups

Pre-registration for the event closes on 13 April at 12 midday and there will be no sign ups on the day so if you have any friends or family that miss the deadline, then please advise them that they will not be able to enter the event.

Where can I park my car?

There is plenty of space along the seafront at Felixstowe.

Where do I go when I arrive?

Registration takes place from 8.30am opposite Mannings Amusements on the sea front (Sea Road, IP11 2DN). Registration will close at 9.45am.

Can I register on the day?

There will be no on the day registration this year so please pre-register for the challenge.

How much does it cost to take part?

The ticket price covers the administration fee and medal

Standard Ticket - £13.00 per person until midday on April 13th  

There will be no on the day registration this year so please pre-register for the challenge.

How old do I need to be?

Entrants must be 10 years of age or over to take part. Any dippers between the age of 10 and 17 must take part alongside a parent or guardian who will accompany them throughout the event. These tickets must be purchased together so we can identify the responsible adult.

Can my family and friends come along to watch?

Yes, we welcome spectators to come down and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

What time does the dip take place?

The horn will sound at 10.00am and the dippers will run into the North Sea!

Will it be safe?

Your safety is most important to us. St Elizabeth Hospice is working in conjunction with Woodbridge Medical Services as well as the Felixstowe Volunteer Coastal Rescue Patrol Service, Felixstowe National Coast Watch Institute and the Eastern Community Assistance Team. Together, we ensure all aspects of the event are made safe.

Due to the nature of the event, participants must be 10 years of age and over to take part. Those aged between 10 and 17 years old must take part alongside a paying adult who will be responsible for them and accompany them throughout the dip.

Will there be toilets?

Yes, the public toilets will be available to use on Felixstowe sea front.

What do I need to wear?

No special clothes are required for the dip. Wetsuits are allowed and fancy dress is also a popular and welcomed choice. We recommend that you bring warm dry clothes to change into after. Please bear in mind there will be no gazeebo for changing facilities this year but the public toilets will be open and available to use.

Will there be any refreshments?

Hot drinks and refreshments will be available to purchase from Dyer's Diner and Coffee Shack on the promenade. However, please feel free to bring your own flasks and food to the event if you wish.

Do I have to raise a certain amount of money?

There is no minimum sponsorship required, but we kindly ask that you try and raise as much money as possible to help St Elizabeth Hospice. Every penny you raise will go towards helping improve the lives of those with a progressive illness in the local community.

You can download your paper sponsor form here.

What else can I do to raise money?

Many employers will match fund the amount their employees fundraise. Why not speak with your employer and ask them if they will do this? It is quick and simple and won’t cost you a thing. Usually all they require is a letter from us confirming what you have raised and we will happily provide this for you.

Where shall I send my sponsorship?

Please do not bring sponsor money to the event. You can send a cheque to Fundraising, St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LX. Please make cheques payable to St Elizabeth Hospice and write your name and Easter Day Dip 2021 on the reverse of the cheque.

Alternatively, you can bring the money in person to the hospice in an envelope marked for the Fundraising Team’s attention.

Can I Gift Aid my donation?

You can ask each person that sponsors you to Gift Aid their donation by ticking the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form. If the person sponsoring you is a UK tax payer or pays Capital Gains Tax, they can make their donation worth even more. For every £1 they give to us, we get an extra 25p. Please ensure everyone completes their name and address, including post code in full to be eligible.

Is there any other way I can support the event/hospice?

Please spread the word amongst your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours and get them signed up too!

We also need volunteer support to help the event run smoothly; to get involved, contact the Fundraising Team.

I can't find an answer to my question, what do I do?

E: [email protected]

T: 01473 723600


Thank you. See you Easter Sunday!


registrations are not available

There are currently no entry options available for this event.