The Dartmouth Royal Regatta Beings this Saturday

Are you ready for Dartmouth’s week-long celebration of everything that is fabulous about this amazing town? From a raft race in the river to a swimming competition, darts and bowls to a plethora of market stalls to browse, and, of course, plenty of sailing, there is something for everyone during Dartmouth Regatta week.
A Family Fun weekend kicks everything off this weekend and then it’s go, go, go until August 27.

Here’s what to look out for, with a few hints and tips on how to get the most out these brilliant few days.

Plan your visit: There’s so much going on over the week, plan ahead so that you make the most of your visit. Head over to the official website here. 

Parking: Don’t even try coming into town, and use the Park and Ride situated on the road approaching Dartmouth, opposite Sainsbury’s and adjacent to the Leisure Centre.

Overflow fields are in operation to cope with the increase in traffic and there is an extended park and ride service during this period and the charge is £10 per vehicle for up to 6 people.

Take a look here for more info.

Family Fun Weekend Saturday August 

Regatta week is great for kids and a Family Fun Weekend kicks everything off. It all happens in the Royal Avenue Gardens. Saturday’s packed agenda includes a circus skills workshop, interactive conservation talks, Dartington Morris Men and a silent disco from 19.00 until 22.30.

On Sunday there are craft workshops, magic shows, street dancing with Bays Charity Fire Walk round off the weekend.

Family fun day information is here.

Regatta Opening Ceremony

The official opening of this year’s regatta is on Regatta Wednesday on the bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens with Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band performing the Ceremonial Sunset and Beat the Retreat on the South Embankment.


As well as Dartmouth’s wonderful array of independent shops, a Shopping Parade begins on Regatta Wednesday. It’s right on the riverfront  and as well as lots of retail stands, there’s plenty of food available too. 

The Regatta Craft market is on Regatta Thursday and Saturday in Old Market Square, right in the centre of town.


There’s nothing like live music for adding sparkle to an event and you’ll be able to toe tap and sing along to the live bands in Royal Avenue Gardens every day starting on August 22.

All the bands are listed here.

Jubilee River Parade

This takes place on Saturday, August 27 at 2.30pm and will celebrate Her Royal Highness The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. If you have a boat and would like to enter take a look at the entry form here.

It’s a great spectacle, with plenty of boat owners opting to dress up and really get into the spirit of the regatta.


Along with sailing, rowing has been at the heart of the regatta since it was first staged on the River Dart in 1822. There’s FISA Coastal Rowing on Saturday August 27, a sport which is rapidly growing in popularity and the Mountain Biking of the rowing world; the local rowing final is on Regatta Friday, pilot gig racing on Regatta Saturday; Bungee Rowing (Regatta Saturday); West of England Amateur Rowing Association Final on Regatta Thursday and  Seine Boat Rowing (Tuesday, August 23)


Sailing happens every day from August 20 until August 27 and you can find the full time table here.


Of course, Bayards Cove Inn will be your number one spot for a bite to eat, but there are plenty of other amazing places to eat during Regatta week, as well as a range of stalls too.

This is a great link for discovering where to fulfil this hunger pangs.


Regatta Grand Finale fireworks will take place on Regatta Saturday at 9pm! Finish off Regatta week with a bang and an ohh and an ahhh!