Torbay Royal Regatta 2016: What's on and when

(Last Updated On: July 25, 2016)

Torbay Royal Regatta in back in August from Saturday 20th – 24th August 2016.

This will be the 203rd Royal Regatta, making it the oldest Royal regatta in the country.

So what’s on? Here’s what to expect.

Anderton & Rowland Fair, the regatta’s main sponsors, will be on Torre Abbey Meadow for the duration of the Regatta entertaining the crowds with their thrilling rides. Their new attraction the Giant Jungle Adventure featuring four floors of amazing fun..

The Regatta welcomes the Savoir Fayre French Market to Torquay for the duration of the Regatta.
Always a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike and presenting a variety of French products and foods. This is arguably the best French Market touring the UK with friendly traders, quality products and beautiful displays.
Always a very popular event.

Running from Saturday 20th to Tuesday 23rd August, under the Burgee of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, four days of exciting and competitive racing taking place in some of the finest sailing waters in the country.
On Wednesday 24th is the Torbay Royal Regatta Anniversary Challenge Cup .
The Cup and Prize were first sailed for in 2013 when the Regatta celebrated its bi-centenary year and has been raced for ever since with the prize money increasing 1 guinea every year. Presented by the Torbay Royal Regatta Committee this pursuit race is proving very popular, with the prize money this year standing at 203 guineas.
Best vantage points are Haldon Pier and surrounding area.

This year the West of England Rowing Championships will take place on Saturday 20th August .
To take advantage of the tide , they will be held on Torre Abbey Beach and Princess Gardens.
This is a great spectacle and visitors can get very close to all the action, boats and teams taking part.
Races start at 12.00am and races will continue every 5 minutes finishing at around 3.30pm .
There will be a full running commentary during the event.
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The ever popular 10K Road Run is at 6.00pm from Princess Gardens, Torquay.
Attracting over 500 runners, it is without doubt a very popular race.
This is an exciting course with panoramic coastal sea views of Torbay.
The course is mostly flat with a few undulating hill.
From the start, the course heads toward Paignton Seafront, with 2 laps of Paignton Green before heading back to finish on Corbyn Head in Torquay
For more details please contact:
Telephone 01803 328315

The Best in the West Firework Display will be held at 9.30pm on Monday 22nd August from Corbyn Head.

The Regatta fireworks will have a movie theme with death star special effect. With recent film and TV hits like The Big Short and The Night Manager featuring Devon locations, Torbay will be the setting for another blockbuster – this year’s Royal Regatta fireworks!

Movies will be the music theme of this year’s spectacular show, brought vividly to life by the 2015 British fireworks champions Fantastic Fireworks, who won the title in Plymouth last year.

The company is planning some amazing effects for the show, including a top secret firework called the Death Star which will be the standout highlight during the music from Star Wars. The firework is so powerful that it will be transported to Torquay in a specially reinforced steel container under escort!

Managing Director Jon Culverhouse said: “We are thrilled to be back in Torbay again brimming with ideas to make this year’s show even more spectacular. The movie theme enables us to show the audience all our most exciting effects set to some music that everyone knows. I can’t wait to see the audience reaction.

“Corbyn Head is the perfect launch platform for everyone to see the show from all round the bay.

“Our display teams pride themselves on being from the locality in which the show is taking place and this is especially true for the Regatta display. Our team is led by Tony Smith, who is from Paignton, and his team of Eddie Maddick, Wayne Brown and Mark Leadbetter are all from Torbay.”

Tony, who works for the BBC, added: ‘We always look forward to this display because it’s on our home patch and in such a beautiful setting. The cheers and boats’ horns at the end make it all worthwhile.’

Fantastic Fireworks will be coming to Torbay on the back of some of the year’s biggest and most spectacular displays, including the Isle of Man TT Festival, Henley Regatta, and the Hampton Court Music Festival.


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