Brownsea Swim – Spectator Info

The National Trust and Brownsea Island Ferry Company have again agreed to accommodate Spectators for this year’s swim. This means that if you wish to spectate this year, then you should be able to see the mass start from the safety of the National Trust Pier.

Spectator Tickets will comprise of two parts:

a) Ferry Ticket
b) Island Entrance Ticket.

There will be NO Advance booking of spectator tickets, they will only be available on the morning of the swim on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

a) Ferry Tickets:

The only way to purchase your ferry ticket is to buy them from the yellow ticket office, alongside the Chain Ferry. This Ticket Office will be open from 07:30hrs on the morning of the swim.
be warned that they will only take cash.

08:20hrs          1st Ferry           (approx!)
08:45hrs          2nd Ferry          (if sufficient numbers require it!)

£6.50  –            Adults               (return trip) remember cash only!
£0.00 –            Children           (under 16)

b) Island Entrance Tickets:

The only way to buy “Island Tickets” is from the NT Reception once you land on the island. As a spectator you will be presented a voucher for a free drink at Church Field, which is where the presentations will take place.
cards or cash can be used for transactions

Group Party Rates
£5.80 –            Adults,
£2.90 –            Children  (aged 5 to 16 years)
£0.00 –             under 5’s

Family Rates
Anyone paying for a mix of adults and children, might find it cheaper to buy a family ticket:

Family (two adults and up to three children) £19.25 Git Aid Admission* – (£17.75) (Standard Admission)
Family (one adult and up to three children) £11.55 Gift Aid Admission* – (£10.00) (standard Admission)

The National Trust will work out the best option for you when you pay.

National Trust Members

Return Journey:

All Specators will be given a purple wrist band to wear when you purchase a ferry ticket.

These wrist bands are to be worn, to enable  you to board the spectator ferry, it will also identify you as spectator of the swim when you land on the Island, and you will need to hand it back into the Ferry operator when boarding your return crossing.

So remember to wear it so that you dont lose it.

  • Shown to board the Spectator Ferry on the way to the Island
  • Shown at the NT reception on the island to entitle you to group rates.
  • Shown to enable you to board the return Ferry.

The Future of the Swim is in your hands!

Please note that at no time, are spectators allowed into the Castle Grounds or onto the swim start/finish beach.

The Castle is private property and is run as a hotel for John Lewis Partnership members and as such will have residents holidaying there.

We do not want to disturb them any more than we already do with the swimmers.

If Spectators ignore this request then they stand jeopardise the future of the swim for everyone.