Unmissable events at Fowey Regatta

One of the highlights of the year, the annual Fowey Royal Regatta festival runs from Sunday 13th to Sunday the 19th August. The event calendar is bustling with a carnival, contests and firework displays, accompanying one of Britain’s top sailing events which guests can enjoy for free. The Regatta has a history of attracting rather famous faces to the event over the years, including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth the second, hence the name, ‘Royal’.

The Regatta is run by the Fowey Royal Regatta Committee, who kindly spend their time and energy voluntarily each year to bring the festival to Fowey. This year’s event is set to be packed with fun activities and events, with something for both sailors and landlubbers to enjoy. We’ve chosen our top highlights of the week that you mustn’t miss…

The Carnival Procession

The trader’s Carnival procession will take place on Wednesday the 16th, at 7:15pm onwards and will be featuring an array of colourful floats, fancy dress and marching bands which will be making their way through the town. Each year the carnival follows a theme, which could be anything from pirates to princesses, with café owners, shop keepers and locals digging out their best attire to win the prize of best dressed. After the carnival, live music will be playing on the Town Quay too, so stick around for that.

The RAF Red Arrows return

After a brief pause last year, the much-loved and world-famous RAF Red Arrows will be returning to the regatta for 2017, with an impressive display of aerial acrobatics, performing spectacular stunts and breathtaking precision flying over the estuary and town on the Thursday of the week-long event. The team have put together some brand new choreography for displays this year, so even if you’ve seen them before, it will be worth a watch. New tricks include a ‘flying tornado’ and an ‘infinity break’, all the while trailing their signature, red, white and blue plumes of smoke.

Gig Racing

A key part of any regatta is the racing, and there will be plenty happening in Fowey, including swimming, raft racing, sailing (keep an eye out for the Troy class boats, unique to Fowey) and the Cornish classic, gig racing. This will take place on the estuary on Saturday the 19th, and has proved popular every year amongst locals and rowers alike.

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The Giant Pasty Ceremony

The classic Cornish dish is celebrated in style every year with its very own ceremony. Amongst the celebrations is a pasty eating competition, in which participants compete to prove their love and capability of eating as many pasties as possible. This is followed shortly after by the arrival of a giant pasty, which is travelling via boat from Polruan, and finishing its journey on the King of Prussia steps.

Live Music

Live music will accompany events and races throughout the week and well into the night, filling the town with the sound of classic Cornish tunes amongst other bands and musicians. This year the Town Stage will be graced by the presence of some very talented local musicians playing their own music and great covers to sing along to.

The Firework Display

A firework display will kick start the week on Monday evening. Then on the evening of the 19th, the Regatta will be concluding with a firework display over Fowey’s picturesque harbour. The display has stunned past audiences and is the perfect way to round off the week with a bang and make the Regatta a memorable event.


For more information, go to www.foweyroyalregatta.co.uk.

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