There is a lot to look forward to in this year's regatta, which runs from Sunday 13th August to Saturday 19th August, with the most popular event guaranteed to be the Red Arrows display. Read on to find out everything you should know about the event so you can prepare for your trip.
One of the regular events of the Regatta is the Carnival, which will take place on the Wednesday. The highlight of the day is the procession, which sets off from Squires Field at 7.15 pm, making its way through the town, and visitors along with the locals can join in. There will be a wonderful array of costumes, and prizes for the best dressed. Throughout the day, shops and cafés in the town will be decked out and dressed up according to a theme. It truly is spectacular!
RAF Red Arrows
Earlier this year, it was confirmed the Red Arrows would be returning to put on a breathtaking aerial display for the Regatta once more. There has been a two-year break, but the Royal Air Force team will be back to show thousands of visitors on Thursday 17th August just why they are the masters of the sky.
Giant Pasty Ceremony
One of the weirder, yet most loved, events is the Giant Pasty ceremony. The ceremony has become an essential part of the Fowey Regatta, and you will be sad to miss it. The Giant Pasty arrives by boat from Polruan and is accompanied by the Fowey Town Band, to let everyone know of its arrival. There is also a pasty eating competition, held on the Thursday of the week, that you can sign up for to try yourself!
Working Boat Race
One of the most memorable sailing events of the week will be the Working Boat race. The boats, known as Troys, are a class of sailing boat built only in Fowey. Many locals will join in the racing, and it is surely going to be a great laugh for everyone involved. This is just one of the many sailing events that will be taking place over the course of the week. In addition to the serious sailing events with fantastic yachts, there is also gig and raft racing.
A popular event of the Regatta is the Flora Dance. Everyone dresses in white, and there are flowers everywhere, from people's hair to storefront windows, and scattered along the ground. People dance through the town, accompanied by a band, and it is lovely to see. The Flora Dance is part of an ancient fertility ritual and just one of the many long-standing traditions of the Regatta.
Throughout the day and in the evening, be sure to head to the Town Quay to enjoy the live music. There will be choir performances, marching and brass bands and some folk and rock music from local Cornish bands. After dining on some delicious food at The Cormorant's restaurant, enjoying some music entertainment is a great way to unwind after a day at the Regatta.
On Saturday the 19th, there will be a fantastic firework display taking place in the evening, to mark the end of the Regatta, and other firework displays are to be held on various evenings during the week. There will also be great food to have, drinking and live music, and after it ends, you will be ready for the 2018 Regatta to start!
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