THE British Heart Foundation's Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim is back on this summer.

It is the latest in a string of events to be announced for 2021, as the country makes its way out of lockdown.

One of the Europe's biggest charity swimming events, the swim was set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020 – before the pandemic forced its cancellation.

Now the swim, which takes place between Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier and has raised £10,000s for the BHF, has been scheduled for the weekend of July 3/4.

It is one of three major charity events announced by the BHF for 2021.

The other two are the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride.

Laying down the challenge, a BHF spokesman said: "The end of lockdown road map is here and as we edge ever closer to freedom the British Heart Foundation is on hand to help you make the most of summer 2021.

"Grab your friends and family and make up for lost time by creating new memories putting your lockdown hobbies to the test or taking on a new fitness challenge.

"Whether it’s swimming, walking or cycling, choose your challenge, and help the BHF fund its vital life saving research and support the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases."

In 2019 around 2,000 people took on the 1.4-mile challenge to swim between the two piers.

Swimmers set off in groups, and for the first time, a sunset swim took place on the Saturday evening.

The BHF describes its vision as a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases.

"We raise money to research cures and treatments, so we can beat heartbreak forever," said a spokesman.

Visit for further information on how to take part in the pier to pier swim challenge.