Event Info

Festival Info

The Swim Serpentine festival will feature inspiring talk and short films that celebrate the inspiring characters and incredible adventures from the world of open water swimming. The festival will be hosted by Jonathan Cowie, Editor of Outdoor Swimmer magazine, and Contributing Editor Alice Gartland.

Each session lasts 45 minutes and is free to attend – no need to book, simply join us in the festival marquee at Swim Serpentine on Saturday 22 September 2018.

Festival Schedule

10:00-10:45 & 13:00-13:45 Talk: Beth French

© Against The Tides

From wheelchair bound to world class athlete, Beth French stretches the horizons of her own possibilities, tackling feats of endurance and adventure. 

Find out the many faces of triumph she met in her attempt at completing the Oceans 7 swims in one year. 

Beth is the star of documentary film Against the Tides – you can watch the trailer here

10:00-11:45 & 14:00-14:45 Talk: Pioneering women in open water

© Nando Farah

Jenny Landreth is the author of Swell: A Waterbiography – The Sunday Times Sport Book of the Year 2017.

Part social history, part memoir, Swell uncovers a world of secret swimming in the face of these exclusions and shines a light on the 'swimming suffragettes'. It celebrates some amazing achievements, some ridiculous outfits and some fantastic swimmers who challenge the stereotypes of what women are capable of. 

Jenny shares her stories of women from the history of open water swimming, from Gertrude Ederle to Freda Streeter, in a hilarious, funny and bold account of how women fought their way into the water, and of what they did once they got there.

12:00-12:45 & 15:00-15:45 Films: Swimming Around the World


A selection of incredible short films featuring swimmers from all walks of life; you’ll be transported from the Irish Sea, to the tropical waters of the Cook Islands and under the ice in Finland...

  Paintings by Nancy Farmer


As well as the films and talks at the Swim Serpentine Festival, artist Nancy Farmer will be exhibiting a collection of her paintings.

Nancy is an open water and winter swimming enthusiast whose drawings tell the story of her own swims and other peoples', from channel crossings to quiet swims in a favourite lake.

Check out Nancy's drawings, paintings and design work at waterdrawn.com

This event is curated by Kendal Mountain Festival