With a great deal of regret but perhaps not a lot of surprise in these unprecedented times, we are sad to announce that a decision has been made to cancel the programme of events organised by the Regatta Committee for 16th to 22nd August. Regatta Week is unparalleled in the Fowey event calendar and we had delayed making this difficult decision as long as possible. However, it is clear that restrictions will be with us for the foreseeable future and staging a programme of events which inevitably gather large numbers of people in our small town, attracting people from near and far, is unlikely to be safe.
The wellbeing of our community, businesses, visitors and everyone involved with Regatta is of upmost importance and cannot be placed at risk. In addition, the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic means that the generous support from personal and business donors we so heavily rely upon in order to fund our events is unlikely to be available to us and we do not wish to risk the viability of future Regatta Week events.
At this stage, no decision has been made about whether the Port of Fowey Race Organising Committee will be able to go ahead with their sailing programme and in what capacity. We understand that a decision should be made in that respect in the next month or so and we will communicate any relevant information as soon as we receive it.
Our unique little town is eerily quiet and we cannot wait until our streets are busy again, but only when it is safe to do so. We will be back and we hope you will be too.
Regatta 2021: Sunday 15th August to Saturday 21st August
We’re one of the country’s best-loved Regattas, attracting thousands of visitors, many making an annual pilgrimage.
Traditional favourites include the Carnival procession, fireworks displays, the crab-catching competition and Fowey harbour swim, the Giant Pasty ceremony and pasty-eating competition, flora dance and, of course, Fowey Town Band. Plus live music every night on Town Quay.
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.
A week of memories to treasure forever!
Regatta Programme – Now Live!
Your indispensable Events Guide. Fowey Regatta is run by volunteers and every event is funded by sales of this programme. Buy yours from the Regatta Shop in Town Hall, Top Shop, Four Turnings, Enjoy Fowey and Readymoney Beach Shop. Or buy an online programme now, to view on your mobile device by clicking here. Cost: £3.
Without your donations, Fowey Regatta would be half the event it is. Where possible, every event is free to spectate, from the live bands and fireworks to the Red Devils. Please consider donating to make Fowey Regatta the fantastic event it is for all!
Next year’s Fowey Regatta will take place on 16-22 August 2020.
Mark it in your diaries!
Fowey Regatta Favourites
Fowey Regatta 2019 Highlights
Fowey Regatta 2019 Highlights
Haunt the Woods
This year’s Regatta Fundraiser concert features Cornwall’s sublime alt-folk quartet, Haunt the Woods, described by BBC Introducing as: ‘Theatrical and impeccable wonderment. They’re Incredible’.
Amid the choral acoustics of Fowey Church, the night promises a rare treat. Early bird tickets at £10 can be purchased here; £12 on the night (subject to availability).
Sunday 18th night, St Fimbarrus Church, Fowey
Not The Beatles
Cornwall’s premier Beatles tribute band played a triumphant gig at Fowey Regatta last year, and they’re back by popular request.
Over two sets – early Beatles and post-Sergeant Pepper – and numerous costume changes, expect all the hits of the Fab Four. And plenty of singing along!
Saturday 24th night, Fowey Town Quay
London’s Irregulars have played all over the capital and had the crowd congoing around Town Hall at the last Fowey Cider Festival – so make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes on!
All your ska and 2-Tone favourites – and they might even reprise their ska take on The Wurzels’ I Am a Cider Drinker…
Friday 23rd night, Fowey Town Quay
The Red Devils
The official parachute display team of the British Army and Parachute Regiment are back after last year’s thrilling display (in hardly conducive conditions!).
We’re delighted to invite them back, for one of their 60 worldwide formation displays of 2019!
Friday 23rd evening, Fowey skies
The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys
We Will Rock You on Thursday night – guaranteed! – when Cornwall’s Mercury-tastic Queen tribute band, The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys, play the Town Quay stage.
All the hits, all the chants, all the magnificent pomp! For one night this summer, we shall all be Champions!
Thursday 22nd night, Fowey Town Quay
DJ Zorro’s Lord of Misrule Carnival Party
Hosted by Fowey’s very own DJ Zorro, plus Cornwall’s fave DJ Jace Hobbs, Reece Johnson (BBC Introducing) and Devz (Factory, Plymouth).
Plus a live PA from Rothwell performing We Got It (SPY Remix), the biggest D&B vocal roller of the last two years!
Wednesday 21st night, Fowey Town Quay
Come Tuesday night, the Quay will vibrate to the Celtic-folk-punk of Cornwall’s very own seven-piece Black Friday band.
Via the South-West, Ireland and the Glastonbury Festival, we’ve finally brought them to Fowey. And a cracking night ensued, that was talked about for weeks afterwards…
Tuesday 20th night, Fowey Town Quay
Best New Cornish Bands
Curated by Cornwall Live’s esteemed arts critic, Lee Trewhela, now in its second year.
First up, from up the coast, the dreamy indie tones of Falmouth’s L I P S, followed by headliners O’Deus, fresh from playing Britain’s biggest rock festival, Download, at Donington Park. Catch ’em both before they become huge!
Monday 19th night, Fowey Town Quay