Festive swims at Arundel lido West Sussex on New Year’s Day
New year, same me, more fun

What’s more fun than a New Year?

I don’t know about you, but our New Years’ Resolutions are usually really boring ; lose weight, eat less chocolate, drink more water, actually use our gym memberships, eat the vegetables before they rot. You know, the whole “New Year New Me” bollocks that everyone spouts but nobody sticks to once the Christmas decorations are back in the loft.
So this year, we’re not going to set ourselves the usual goals and then get depressed when we don’t achieve them. We’re going to set a simple resolution and actually stick to it. And that resolution is to have more fun.

I realised on the 29th December 2019 that I had 3 days left to complete my resolution. Which was to lose 5st. The target I set myself to lose on New Years’ Day 2019.

And New Years’ Day 2018.

And 2017 & 2016 & 2015…

Actually fuck, I’ve said this every New Years’ Day since about 2012.
And I still haven’t done it.

What is New Year if isn’t feeling depressed about how much weight you’ve put on over Christmas, and how much weight you haven’t lost over the previous year? And feeling depressed about everything else actually. Because it’s January and it’s cold and wet and miserable and the Quality Street tin is empty, and so is your bank account and spring seems soooooo far away still. Aaaarrrggghhh!

Anyway. On to the more fun bit.

So, in a desperate attempt to get out of this eternal hope – fail – depression – hope – fail – depression cycle, I decided that 2020 would be our year of fun.
No weight loss or lettuce sniffing goals to stick to. None of this bettering myself rubbish. None of this pretending to enjoy scheduled exercising with a bunch of sweaty strangers. Nope. We’re just going to have fun. Well, more fun actually because we do have some fun.

Sounds simple enough right? Well, it’s unlikely that the whole family is going to be involved in my pledge to have more fun. My older 2 children are far too busy and important embarrassed to want to come out with their poor old Mum. So its going to be difficult to have fun as a whole family. But the younger 2 are easy, they are up for any and everything.

So. To embrace our New Year More Fun mantra, I was looking for something fun to kick our New Year off with. I say looking, I was actually just scrolling through Instagram thinking that I should stop procrastinating and start Googling fun things to do.
But then I came across a post from our local outdoor Lido about their festive swim sessions. And there was one happening on New Years’ day! Ideal!

I asked Emily and Ruby if they fancied going for a swim, and saying they were ‘up for it’ is a bit of an understatement. Ruby immediately went looking for her goggles and Emily went to find her wetsuit.

Strangely, nobody else in my family fancied coming along for a swim.. I can’t imagine why not.
I mean swimming outside on the 1st January? What could be a better idea than that?!

Outdoor swim time

Family swimming at Arundel lido on New Year’s Day
So thankful the pool was heated!

It took us precisely 4 minutes to get ready to go. We have a beach/swim bag that’s always stocked with clean towels, swimming costumes, hairbrushes, shampoo & conditioner, clean knickers and goggles. Emily chucked her wet suit on, Ruby and I put our costumes on, we put our clothes on over the top and headed over to the Arundel Lido.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think there would be many (insane) people doing the same thing as us. But the heaving car park made me think otherwise, and slightly less insane.

We paid our entrance fee and went inside. The pool was absolutely chock full of people, all having fun and there was a good amount of steam coming off the pool. This made me less apprehensive about stripping off and getting in. It wasn’t until I was stood in my swimming costume, outside in January, that I clocked the lifeguards.
Without exception, they were wearing big coats, scarves, gloves and hats.
And I was essentially naked.

Last night I was quite depressed to discover that my Christmas Day excesses has actually put me off drinking gin. I literally can’t swallow it any more. This is devastating to me. But, I actually felt glad that I hadn’t drunk last night because a hangover and this activity wouldn’t have been a nice combo.

Jumping into 2020 like…

Starting off 2020 having more fun jumping into an outdoor pool
Ready, set, jump!

I have to say, we had the best time. It was a lot of fun. More fun than I’ve had on a New Years’ day before actually. The only time it was cold was when we got out of the water. And this was easily solved by staying in the water. Although, some kid kicked water in my face which then got absolutely freezing, and that wasn’t pleasant. But I did find an underwater vent that was pushing out really warm water. So I hung about there for a while.

Emily and Ruby had loads of fun though. They are never happier than when they’re outside or in water, so this was a great combination for them! They were swimming, playing, racing, and very bravely getting out just to jump in again.

Festive swim at Arundel Lido on New Year’s Day.
Not often they both smile nicely for a photo!

I’m really glad we made the effort to go and to try something new out. And the girls are both well up for going again next year. They actually want this to be a new family tradition, which I’m ok with.
Next year though, I’m taking a dressing gown for myself and a pair of sliders. Because standing on a freezing cold pavement in bare feet in a towel, soaking wet wasn’t fun. The girls thought it was really funny that I’d brought their dressing gowns to wrap them up in and forgotten about myself. As always. FFS!

2020 – the year of more fun is off to a great start!

I think this is going to be the one resolution I actually stick to, and I think that’s because it’s a pleasurable resolution. We highly recommend doing something new or something you wouldn’t normally think of doing and having loads of fun, because so far it’s making January less shit. I know it’s only day 1, but being spurred on to look for fun things to do is much nicer than looking for yoga pants.

Happy New Year! I’d love to know what your resolutions are if you’ve set any.



  1. Han, how did you get your girls so confident in the water? Rudy will be one next month and I’m ashamed to say we’ve never been swimming 🙁 I feel so guilty. I’m definitely going to take a lead from your advice to have more fun though, it’s self confidence in a swimming costume that’s holding me back, I’ll try my best to say ‘fuck it’, shave my legs, buy a swimming costume and go.

    1. Don’t be ashamed of that! I never took Ruby until she was 2. Our pool wouldn’t allow a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children under 5, so it wasn’t until Emily started preschool that I was able to take Ruby. She hated it at first, she said it was too cold and she didn’t like the smell. I think their confidence has come from always being in the bath, playing in paddling pools in the garden and being down the beach a lot. The more they do, the more confident they get.

      Don’t let your self confidence hold you back darling. Rudy won’t give a shit what you look like in a swimming costume. But he will love splashing about with his Mum. Be proud of yourself. You grew a gorgeous little human inside your body, and you’re beautiful inside and outside.

  2. Corr, you are brave. I absolutely love Arundel lido but I detest the cold. There’s no way you’d see me getting into my swimming costume in January!

    I’ll see you there in the summer though x

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