One of the highlights of the year, the annual Fowey Royal Regatta festival runs from Sunday 14th to Sunday the 20th 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 five highlights of the week that you mustn’t miss…
The Carnival Procession
The traders Carnival procession will be taking place on Wednesday the 17th, at 7:15 onwards and will be featuring an array of colourful floats, fancy dress and marching bands which will be making their way through the town. This year’s theme is “pirates”, with café owners, shop keepers and locals digging out their best attire to win the prize of best dressed. After the Carnival the Motown Pirates will then be carrying on the theme into the night with some great live music.
A key part of any regatta is racing and there will be plenty going on within 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 along Fowey River on Saturday the 20th, and has proved popular every year amongst locals and rowers alike.
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 it’s journey on the King of Prussia steps.
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 with the presence of Jailhouse, Cataclews and Noteability.
The Firework Display
A firework display will kick start the week on Monday evening. Then on the evening of the 20th, 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