Celebrate Britain’s rich maritime history and heritage at some of the biggest maritime regattas in the country.
Maritime festivals are great social events and provide a wealth of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy throughout the British Summer.
If you love sailing or are looking to create a memorable holiday, a seaside break that coincides with a maritime regatta is a great choice.
As an island, Britain has a long, proud and distinguished sailing and maritime history which is celebrated every year through historical regattas hosted in coastal towns dotted around the country.
What started as typically small competitions between local seamen are now some of the most anticipated traditional social events on the calendar due to the entertainment and unique festival atmosphere on offer.
Dating back over 175 years, Whitby Regatta is one of the oldest in the country.
As well as traditional sailing and rowing competitions, there’s hilarious comedy on the waterfront as locals show off their homemade rafts. Who will sink or swim? The greasy pole competition also provides splashing good fun!
There’s plenty of entertainment dotted around the town too. Where else but the British seaside can you expect to catch Bonny Baby and Glamourous Granny Competitions, fancy dress carnival, Punch & Judy shows and a vintage car and motorcycle rally?
A magnificent fireworks display always provides a spectacular climax to the regatta and are a must-see.
Equally, Torbay Royal Regatta on the English Riviera promises an action packed week of events including exhilarating sailing, rowing and water-skiing competitions, plus plenty of on-shore events too, including a 10km road race and sensational fireworks display.
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