Whitby Regatta

Whitby Regatta

Soak up the atmosphere of one of the UK’s oldest maritime festivals at the famous Whitby Regatta.

Initially formed over 175 years ago to celebrate the town’s heritage of yachting and rowing, the regatta has become a four day event packed full of free entertainment for all the family.

Expect anything and everything from live music, a 4km fun run, grand parade, children’s play areas, fancy dress parades, a raft race, a vintage car rally and a greasy pole competition! All culminating with a fantastic firework spectacular!


Endless fun for all the family

Whitby Regatta is one of the oldest sea regattas in the country, dating back over 175 years.

Back then fishermen would against each other out in the sea in their fishing smacks and cobbles for the Whitby Challenge Cup.

Since then the event has grown into one of the region’s biggest carnival events, with the streets of the town awash with entertainment for all the family.

The West Cliff is a great vantage point to watch the yachting and rowing races, as local teams compete for coveted prizes.

Other highlights on the water include the raft races, which sees local friends, groups and businesses build rafts and compete for the title of Regatta Raft Race Champions.  Down on the beach there’s sandcastle competitions, Beach Volleyball and Gymkhana & Lawn Mower Races.

You will also find the hilariously funny greasy pole competition down by the harbour, as brave locals don their hard hats and life jackets as they try their best to cling on to the pole and reach the flag at the end. Needless to say most don’t quite manage the feat and take a tumble!

Back on dry land you will find loads of entertainment for the children, including Punch & Judy Shows, street entertainers and a fun fair. A fancy dress and walking float carnival which parades through the town is also a must-see.

Over at the Pavilion you will find the traditional Bonny Baby Competition, Glamorous Granny Competition and live music.

Another highlight of the regatta is the vintage car and motorcycle rally, where you can see wheels from yesteryear and discover their history from the owners.

Every year the regatta ends in the traditional fashion, with a magnificent fireworks display which lights up the skies above the harbour.

Endless fun for all the family and all ages. Make sure you catch Whitby Regatta as part of a short break with all the family, with an inclusive itinerary, hotel accommodation and coach travel throughout all for one great price!

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