regatta-cascade-picsThe Fowey Regatta is a must visit for anyone in Cornwall during the third week of August – indeed visitors come from around the world to enjoy all there is to see and do.

There’s a packed calendar of events this year from 16-22 August. Highlights include the world renowned Red Arrows (Thursday 6pm), who never disappoint with a stunning display, swooping through the Fowey River estuary and the skies above. Everyone loves the spectacle of Wednesday’s Carnival procession (sets off from Squires Field at 7.15pm) through town, featuring locals and visitors in a weird and wonderful array of costumes – with prizes for the best dressed. Throughout Carnival Day, the town’s traders also deck out their shops and cafes and dress up according to this year’s theme of “That’s All Folks!” Cartoons. Expect some truly amazing outfits!

Little ones love the Giant Pasty ceremony, in which the iconic pasty arrives by boat from Polruan – as well as magicians, the crab catching contest and a visit from Newquay Zoo. For the more active there’s a fun run, harbour swimming races, gig racing and raft race. And the town’s Flora Dance sees everyone dressed in white and bedecked with flowers, dancing though the town accompanied by a band (part of an ancient fertility ritual).

The Regatta is also one of the UK’s best known sailing events. There’s a full programme of races, including the famous Troys, a class of sailing boat built only in Fowey. With live music daily and nightly on the Town Quay to suit every taste, fireworks both on Monday night and a spectacular display to mark the end of Regatta on Saturday, it’s one week you’ll want to come back to again and again.

Fowey Regatta programmes are available from Tourist Information, beside Fowey Church, and from the Regatta Shop in the Town Hall on Fowey Town Quay, priced £3. All proceeds fund the Regatta events.

Tickets for Johnny Cowling (Sunday) are available from Bookends on South Street (opp. the church) now.