Swim Serpentine

Saturday 17 September 2022

Take the plunge for Pilgrims Hospices! 

Swim Serpentine, the UK’s biggest one-day open water swimming festival, is taking place on Saturday 17 September in the heart of London. In 2021, more than 5,000 had a splash-tastic time at the event and with open water swimming continuing to grow in popularity, it’s expected to be a big year!

Make a splash for Pilgrims Hospices with a charity place in Swim Serpentine! Challenge yourself to a 1 or 2 mile open water swim around the historic Serpentine in Hyde Park.

Swimmers will set off at at regular intervals during the day to ensure that you have enough space to swim your challenge successfully. All your needs are catered for with heated changing rooms, a dunk zone, pontoon start and finish, full water safety crews and an exhibition area.

All finishers will be a sent a souvenir swim cap to wear on the day and awarded with a well-deserved medal for completing the challenge.

You’ll be sure to have a splashing good time at Swim Serpentine, whilst raising much-needed funds to help us be there for the next family who need us.

Sign up to Swim Serpentine today!

Dive into your chosen distance

One mile swim (charity places sold out)

Dip your toe into open water swimming by taking on the 1-mile swim around the iconic Serpentine lake. The mile is a classic distance in the world of open water swimming. The one-mile swim covers one full lap of the famous Serpentine lake, which is the same course as the London 2012 Olympic Marathon Swimming event. The one-mile swim can take swimmers anything from 20 minutes through to one hour to complete. It’s the most popular of all the distances at Swim Serpentine.

Two mile swim

Take the plunge by testing yourself with a 2-mile swim within the beautiful grounds of Hyde Park. The two-mile swim will see you complete two full laps of the Serpentine lake, and is perfect for experienced swimmers looking to push themselves and build on their distance.

Swim for Pilgrims Hospices!

You can sign up now for Swim Serpentine as a Pilgrims Hospice swimmer for free with a pledge to raise sponsorship for local hospice care in east Kent.

  • One mile swim: £200sold out
  • Two mile swim: £250

Pilgrims Hospices charity places for the one-mile open water swim have now sold out, however you can still register for a place in Swim Serpentine by clicking here and use your place to fundraise for local hospice care.

Every £25 raised for your Swim Serpentine challenge could enable Pilgrims Hospices to provide an hour of specialist nursing care to a patient receiving end-of-life care in one of our inpatient units in Canterbury, Thanet or Ashford. Thank you.

Sign up now!

Secured a place in Swim Serpentine?

If you’ve secured your own place in Swim Serpentine, swim in aid of Pilgrims Hospices and support local hospice care.

Get in touch today with Lydia Todd so that we can support you with your training and fundraising.

Swimmers safety at Swim Serpentine

Your safety is the number-one priority of the organisers at Swim Serpentine, so their water safety team will be standing by to assist on the day. The Swim Serpentine course will be clearly marked by large buoys, so you’ll find it easy to make your way around your chosen swim distance on the day.

It’s a good idea to complete your chosen distance in full in a pool before the event. It’s also highly recommended to practise swimming in open water beforehand. This will help you have the best possible experience at Swim Serpentine.



Address information

The Serpentine
Hyde Park

City: London

Postcode: W2 2UH

Contact information

Email: lydia.todd@pilgrimshospices.org

Contact name: Lydia Todd

Phone: 01227 812609