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Posted: 12th September 2023

The Bonnie Badger, Gullane, East Lothian will welcome wild swimming aficionados and authors Anna Deacon and Vicky Allan, to launch their brand-new book, The Ripple Effect, A Celebration of Britain’s Brilliant Wild Swimming Communities (Black & White Publishing, £20 hardback).

Guests are being invited to gather to meet Anna and Vicky at The Bonnie Badger from 9.30am – 11.30am.  The Scottish coastal restaurant with rooms will host a bespoke brunch and a blether as the authors launch the much-anticipated follow-up to their bestselling Taking the Plunge (Black & White Publishing, 2019), this time celebrating the incredible communities that have been brought together by wild swimming.

Guests from across the local community – from the curious, to the beginners, to the wild-swimming stalwarts, will have a unique chance to dip into the new book, as the swimming duo offer a flavour of the book and chronicle many of the truly inspirational stories that The Ripple Effect illustrates.

Guests will be treated to a choice of The Bonnie Badger’s signature brunch dishes served with tea or coffee and orange juice, alongside a special ‘Ripple Effect’ alcohol-free cocktail, with bookings at £35 per person.

The gourmet coastal bolthole’s location on the enviable East Lothian coastline, means the team regularly welcomes wild swimmers pre-swim and post-swim, from the local area and from across the globe.

Commenting on the forthcoming brunch, The Bonnie Badger Chef Owner, Tom Kitchin said; “From North Berwick to Longniddry, and Yellowcraigs to Gullane, the area boasts an absolute bounty of beaches and bays and is one of the reasons we were so passionate about establishing The Bonnie Badger along this incredible East Lothian coastline.

“I’ve witnessed the many benefits of the growing wild swimming community, so we are truly looking forward to welcoming Anna, Vicky, and indeed some local wild swimmers, to The Bonnie Badger next month, and hope that we might even inspire some newcomers to wild swimming to dip their toe in the water.”

Vicky Allan and Anna Deacon added; “Through writing our previous books, we came to realise that wild swimming is more than an activity.  It’s a movement – a wave that has surged in popularity across the UK, rippling out in the form of local communities, groups and supporters, all of whom gather together at the water’s edge.

“We’re looking forward to sharing with guests at The Bonnie Badger some incredible stories of the swimmers and groups we’ve encountered during our wild swimming journey.”

The Ripple Effect is a valuable guide with a wealth of resources for anyone looking for advice or to discover their own community.  From Menopausal Mermaids to student dippers; male mental health groups to Wim Hof enthusiasts; addiction recovery communities to skinny dippers, The Ripple Effect dives into what makes wild swimming communities tick and sheds light – not only through words but through Anna Deacon’s stunning photography – on why so many people say it’s not just about the water but the marvellous pods of people with whom they find themselves swimming.

The special ‘In Conversation With’ book brunch will begin at 9.30am with an alcohol-free welcome drink, and a Q&A with Vicky Allan and Anna Deacon, followed by a special brunch menu served with orange juice, tea and coffee.

Guests will also have the chance to purchase a signed copy of Vicky and Anna’s latest book (£20.00) on the day, supplied by independent bookshop, Night Owl Books from East Linton (

Further details can be found at and reservations can be made by contacting the Reception Team on or +44 (0)1620 621 111.

The Wild Swimming Brunch follows number of successful collaborative book events at The Bonnie Badger over the past year, which have included guests such as world-renowned author Ian Rankin, hospitality leader Shirley Spear, football legend Graeme Souness, sports commentator Clive Tyldesley, The Great British Bake-off winner Peter Sawkins and The Hebridean Baker, Coinneach MacLeod.

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