Salcombe Town Regatta 2018 – Salcombe

Salcombe Town Regatta Saturday 11th August – Saturday 18th August 2018

Oh boy…look what’s in store for this year’s Salcombe Town Regatta!

You can look forward to an action packed mix of fun and frivolity starting in Salcombe on Saturday 11th August, where the Town Regatta literally transforms everything into a carnival atmosphere!

As Emma Cater, the Secretary of the Salcombe Town Regatta, and our friends at Coast & Country Cottages explain, “…the Salcombe Town Regatta itself is a testament to the local community that’s proud of its traditions. The week is packed with activities on land and sea for all ages with Salcombe’s regatta having been going for over 120 years!”

“If you’re not one for the water, indulge in the Salcombe Dairy ice-cream contest, have a go at the popular sandcastle contest or an art competition. The sandcastle competition on South Sands beach is always well attended too, with over 100 castles and sculptures being crafted by children and adults at low tide boasting a fantastic atmosphere. Some other events that occur during low tide are mud races and crab catching.”(c) Sail Funk - Sailing holidays South Devon during Salcombe Town Regatta

“A large crowd always gather to cheer the children on every evening on Whitestrand for the greasy pole competition, whereby a telegraph pole is put over the water for kids to battle with pillows to stay on.”

“The week culminates with two large events – the exciting firework display on the Thursday evening, then the crabbers race on the Friday, which has a long-standing tradition as being the Salcombe Town Regatta’s pinnacle. Crabbing boats from Salcombe and local ports race out of the harbour, over the bar and back again all decked out in bunting and fancy dress.”

“There’s also the prize giving and torch-lit lantern procession that takes place in the evening. This includes a number of different types of boats on the estuary with lit lanterns to create an astounding display – everyone enjoys seeing the twinkling lights slowly disappear into the night.”

You can also call us on 01548 843927 to plan your stay as well as grab your Regatta programme from Salcombe Tourist Information Centre nearer the time. 

Plus! For more information about family-friendly events that are taking place on land and sea, receive updates on the Salcombe Town Regatta via its Facebook page here: