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The Dartmouth Regatta is arguably the biggest annual event in the town’s packed programme, and certainly one of the most important dates in the Devon calendar. Thousands of visitors from the region, nation and indeed the world descend on Dartmouth every August for a packed three-day programme of sailing, sports, live music, street food, fireworks and more.

This year, the festival is a true celebration of the water, so join in the festivities for some water based fun. Officially, 2018’s Regatta takes place on 30th, 31st and 1st September 2018, but in reality the programme has become so packed that some events take place before the official commencement. This typically includes the Regatta Ball, Regatta Rock and several races on land and sea, although this year welcomes several new exciting events too!

At Coast & Country Cottages, we have a stunning selection of Dartmouth based properties, perfectly situated for enjoying the regatta. Don’t miss out on this years regatta fun, book your holiday today!

Book your Dartmouth holiday

We are so excited about the Dartmouth Regatta, so much so, that some of the Coast & Country Cottages team will be there during throughout the week. Pop by and say hello, we will be situated by the boat float and have an exciting competition for you to enter where you could win a £500 holiday voucher! We will also have a shell decorating table for the artists amongst you!

What’s on during the Dartmouth Regatta 2018

No doubt you’ll come away from the Regatta with your own highlights, but to help you plan your visit we’ve put together a brief rundown of our favourite entries on the Regatta programme.

Regatta Ball

​​The 2018 Regatta Ball will take place on Tuesday 28 August at Dartmouth Guildhall. With the theme of “The Great Gatsby”, it promises to be an evening of fun, great music (featuring a popular soul, funk, pop swing group!) and fine, three course dining. What’s more, there is also a cocktail bar and full bar to enjoy! Tickets are £60.00 per person, and these can be purchased from the Dartmouth Regatta website.


There will be an epic firework displays on the Saturday evening this year (1st September) starting at 9pm. This is a popular event, so make sure you settle into your viewing spot early!

For the kids

There are so many activities for the children scheduled this year, from ice cream, crabbing and fancy dress competitions, to a scavenger hunt and a dedicated family area in Coronation Park, they will not be disappointed. Best of all, many of the events are either free or charging a very small cost. Regardless of whether the kids are under 5 or teenagers, there’s plenty to keep them occupied.

Flyboarding Display

This year brings to the festival two exciting and exhilarating flyboarding displays. Both held on Saturday 1st September, the first display is at 4.30pm, with a second illuminated display starting at 8.40pm.

Regatta Market

Held in Old Market Square right int he heart of Dartmouth, the Regatta Market will host a range of arts and crafts stalls, alongside various musical entertainment during the day. The market will be held over two days, Thursday 30th August and Saturday 1st September.

Regatta Sundowner

New for 2018 we see the outdoor arena at Coronation Park host the ‘Regatta Sundowner’ on Thursday 30th August.  Expect a day of Caribbean themed fun. Featuring music from the popular Riviera Dogs and DJ Rich Baker, fancy dress is a must it is set to be a day full of fun and laughter. All ages are welcome, with the event kicking off at noon. To purchase tickets visit the Dartmouth Regatta website​. Do hurry, the tickets are expected to be snapped up quickly.

Dartmouth Sailing Week

Dartmouth Regatta Sailing Week, now entering its 174th year, is an integral part of the Regatta. The races start three days before the Regatta officially begins. The week is jam-packed with events, ranging from junior and senior dinghies, the passage race, yachts and keelboats, and the white sail event. Find out more about the schedule of events on the Dartmouth Sailing Week website

The 2018 timetable

When you’re in Dartmouth, we recommend visiting the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre on the edge of Mayor’s Avenue car park where all the details will be made available. You can also see the 2018 timetable when it’s been updated on the Dartmouth Regatta website.

Visit the Dartmouth Regatta website for further information

Don’t miss out on your chance to be right at the centre of one of the leading regattas in the country this summer. Book your Dartmouth holiday today and start looking forward to a break filled with foot-tapping music, delicious street food, unforgettable air displays, sailing, rowing and much, much more.

Looking for accommodation during the Dartmouth Regatta? Read our full article on the best places to stay during the regatta week.