Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta
24th, 25th & 26th August 2017.
The first recorded competitive regatta was held on the river Dart at Dartmouth in 1822. Other informal regattas were held in some of the following years leading to the establishment of Dartmouth Regatta in 1834. The regatta later became known as the Port of Dartmouth Regatta and in 1856 the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
Thousands of visitors from the region and beyond descend on Dartmouth every August for a packed three-day programme of air displays, sailing, sports, live music, street food, fireworks and more. Nearly 100,000 people visit Dartmouth during the Regatta period, swelling the town’s population of approximately 6,000 and making Dartmouth Regatta one of the largest public events in the South West - and the second largest Regatta after Cowes Week.
The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, labelled the ‘Best in the West’, always delivers superb sporting competition by way of sailing and rowing competitions (including the WEARA Championships), road race, swimming gala and golf, tennis, bowls and darts tournaments. There is also brilliant entertainment with barrel rolling, water polo and trolley grand prix competitions and other eccentric English events! The waterbourne tug of war in particular is not to be missed! Then there is the live music including a Proms style extravaganza!
The BBMF Lancaster and RAF Typhoon will both be displaying on the Friday and Saturday of this years regatta. Timings are yet to be confirmed but are expected to take place around 6pm on both days.
The Reds Arrows will not be performing a full display but will fly past on Friday evening (time tbc).
Other military aircraft often conduct flypasts - dependent on their very busy operational and training requirements of course. Notification will be during the week of Regatta so please keep an eye on the official regatta website for the latest news (which will also be relayed over the public-address system).
Regatta fireworks displays take place at 9pm on Thursday & Saturday evenings. The fireworks are launched from a barge on the river making for a spectacular display over the River Dart estuary.
Kids Programme of events:
There is so much for children of all ages to take part in, including crabbing competitions, colouring competitions, pavement painting and more. There will also be a funfair at Mayors Avenue Car Park for all rides and attractions.
Shopping & Food
Over the weekend there is a shopping village located at Coronation Park showcasing local produce, arts and crafts. Tempt yourself with delicious local food stalls and pop up bars, both in Coronation park and along Royal Avenue Gardens.
For a full programme, visit www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk