Brownsea Swim – Spectator Info

The National Trust and Brownsea Island Ferry Company have again agreed to accommodate Spectators for this year’s swim. However, please note that spectators are not allowed into the Brownsea Castle Grounds and as such they will not be able to see the finish of the swim.

The Castle and its grounds are Private Property and are owned and run by the John Lewis Partnership as a hotel with paying guests; we are privileged and honoured to be allowed the use of their beach for the swim

The National Trust welcomes spectators and visitors to the island to watch the swim from fantastic vantage points around the island. See the shape of the whole swim pack high up on the cliff top view points, or cheer them on their way from the beaches.  A map will be provided to show you the best places to go on the island.  Come down to Church field for the presentation ceremonies where you can purchase refreshments and celebrate with the swimmers after their journey. Reception will accept cash or cards, but Church field refreshments is cash only.

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: Note 2018 prices and times yet to be confirmed

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.

09:30hrs          Ferry Departure

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

b) Island Entrance Tickets: Note 2018 prices yet to be confirmed

The only way to buy “Island Tickets” is from the NT Reception once you land on the island.
cards or cash can be used for transactions

These need to be purchased from the NT Reception once you land on the island.
Cards or cash can be used for transactions.

  • Adults, £6.40
  • Children (5 -16 years) £3.20
  • Children (under 5 years)  Free
  • Family (2 adults and up to 3 children):    Gift Aid: £20.00* Standard: £18.00
  • Family (1 adult and up to 3 children):      Gift Aid: £12.00* Standard: £10.80
  • National Trust Members: Free

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

*Includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% which will be put towards the restoration and upkeep of this property.  If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete a Gift Aid declaration which will allow the National Trust to claim an extra 25% from the Government on your total payment. 

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.