Be Amazed at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta was first held on the River Dart in 1822 and has continued annually ever since. On the 26th – 29th of August the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2015 will host a number of special events, with the committee anticipating a record number of entries in the Regatta’s rowing events which take place throughout the week. At current count, there are about 300 entries in more than 50 events.
Just 35 mins from Galmpton (including Ferry time) the Regatta boasts all manner of events, from swimming, athletics, tennis, bowls, golf and darts! Tall Ships ‘Pelican’ and ‘Tenacious’ will also be on display, moored in the centre of the river. ‘Pelican’ carries a trainee crew of 28 and after leaving Weymouth on 24th August will be in Dartmouth from 25th – 27th August – during which time, it will do a day sail. ‘Tenacious’ leaves Poole on the 24th August and will be at the Regatta before leaving for Southampton on 31st.
There will be fireworks displays on the Thursday and Saturday evening, which can be viewed from the Harbour, and the popular Air Displays will feature the Red Arrows and the Typhoon, with the ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’ taking place on Friday and Saturday. If that’s not enough excitement, the Shopping Village at the Marquee is extremely popular with local crafts and treats up for grabs and the Fun Fair is back with new rides in addition to old favourites. ‘Spot the Oddity’ is back for the kids along with a brand new children’s area with a great array of entertainment including puppeteers, jesters, magicians, fire-eaters and animated characters.
The Regatta Ball takes place on Tuesday 25th August at 7pm at the Marquee in Dartmouth’s Coronation Park and is considered to be the ‘black tie event of the year’. This year, there’s a casino alongside entertainment, food, and dancing to the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. A special ferry is laid on for transport from Kingswear and Torbay at a fee of £6.00 per person. (You can book the ferry when you purchase your ticket, which cost £55 per person).
During Regatta Week, there is no parking in the lower town of Dartmouth as The Fun Fair is taking place in the main car park. Many of the roads will be closed during the week as well so if you are driving, it’s a good idea to use the Park and Ride. The Regatta Committee is available to arrange transport to the Ball for groups of eight or more from the Torbay area. The group can be picked up from home, taken to Dartmouth and returned home afterwards via the ferry for £15 (this includes the ferry charge of £6). Special arrangements can also be made for smaller groups and other areas.
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