Charlestown Regatta Week

21 Jul 2018 to 27 Jul 2018
Charlestown Regatta Week, Cornwall
Charlestown Regatta Week, Cornwall
Charlestown Regatta Week, Cornwall
Charlestown Regatta Week, Cornwall
Charlestown Regatta Week, Cornwall
Charlestown Regatta Week, Cornwall
Charlestown Regatta Week, Cornwall
Charlestown Regatta Week
Charlestown Regatta Week
Harbour and Regatta Field
St Austell
PL25 3NX
A great regatta in a great location

Regatta week is an annual tradition bringing together the local community, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, raft races, water sports and classic favourites such as the Children’s sports, Grand Carnival and flora dance procession.

Charlestown is one of Cornwall’s most photogenic villages due to the magnificent Georgian harbour – which takes centre stage, against the backdrop of the village, in the annual Regatta Week celebrations.

Organised by a team of volunteers, Charlestown Regatta week aims to blend well known traditions with contemporary events - but crucially also serves to fundraise in support of local community projects and charities. 

Charlestown Regatta Week 2018 Programme 



Saturday 21st

Charlestown Fun Triathlon

Making a splash, the annual charity triathlon begins and ends on the quay of Charlestown Harbour – 200m swim, 4-mile cycle, 2-mile run. 

The race starts at 11:00am, with registration from 08:00-10:30 and a pre-race briefing at 10:45 outside the roundhouse on the quay. Adults and youths can enter individually or as part of a team of three. 

The awards presentation will take place at 12.30 outside the Pier House. Winner’s cups will be awarded for the first man, woman, youth male, youth female and adult and youth teams to cross the finish line - every entry will receive a medal, T-Shirt and goody bag for taking part. 

Download the Charlestown Triathlon 2018 application form from, email clairebest27@gmail.comor find ‘Charlestown Fun Triathlon’ on Facebook.  All entry forms must be submitted by 20thJuly – please note, no entries available on the day.  Individual entries are priced at £20, teams are £39 – payments can be via

Afternoon entertainment on the Quayside (from 1.30pm)


A variety of entertainment will be taking place throughout the afternoon, including: Crowning of Regatta Queen (13:30), water polo, sailing races, water sports, ‘Knobbly Knees’ (16:30) contest, pasty workshops, entertainment from Harry Kazzam, face painting, glitter tattoos, pebble painting, craft stalls, Children’s treasure hunt plus a BBQ and refreshments. 

In the evening live music from Jailhouse in the Harbourside and Company B at the Rashleigh Arms. 


The Raft Races (from 1pm, registration, 2:30pm juniors race, 3:30pm seniors race, 5pm prize presentations)


The annual raft races return for 2018 with classes for both juniors and seniors with cash prizes and winner’s cups – prizes will also awarded for the ‘best in class’ – fancy dress welcomed and extra points will be awarded for the most outrageous raft creations and team costumes!

The registration point will be open from 1pm and can be found just above the slipway, on the quay – entries are free, but donations to the Regatta are always welcome. 


All juniors must wear buoyancy aids to compete in the race – limited loan available – bring your own to guarantee entry. 



Sunday 22nd

Sea Sunday

In celebration of the sea and Charlestown’s nautical heritage, from 11:30 there will be activities taking place around the harbour including the annual pasty competition (3.30) and workshop (12.00), Fowey Lifeboat, music from Sweet Little Thing (11.30-12.30) and Press Gang plus sea shanties. Rose competition, pasty demonstrations and workshops, RNLI demonstration, BBQ, stalls, games and special guests. 

Gig Rowing Challenge

Charlestown Rowing Club is hosting a charity gig rowing fun race from 1-2pm. Groups of four novice rowers can take part and will be joined by two experienced rowers and a Coxswain will join each crew.  Fee: £10 each rower (£40 per crew)


How to enter: Please email charlestownrowing@gmail.comto request an entry form 

In the evening, live music from Mr T in the Harbourside. 


Monday 23rd


Musical Monday

Live musical performance by The Roustabouts Collective from 7pm, on the Quay. (In the case of wet weather the Harbourside Inn will host the event)

The Roustabouts are a gypsy cabaret collective of musicians and performers from Falmouth. Performing a mixture of gypsy, folk, dance and swing influenced arrangements and original songs, who offer a mini musical circus experience that will amuse, bemuse and amaze.



Tuesday 24th

Children's Sports Day


Children’s sports and entertainment including a coconut shy and bouncy castle will be held in Regatta playing field; with a variety of races, games and the hotly contested ‘eggstravaganza’ egg-throwing contest taking place from 6.30pm – local food and refreshments will also be available. 



Wednesday 25th


An Evening with Johnny Cowling 

Described as Cornwall’s greatest comedy export, Johnny Cowling has been delighting audiences for over ten years. Expect Cornish charm and quick wit!

From 6.30pm in the Regatta playing field 

Free Event


Thursday 26th 

Grand Carnival & Proms in the Park

(Entries from 6pm – last entries by 6.30pm - Procession starts at 7pm)
The grand carnival will be followed by the flora dance procession, led by the 2018 Regatta Queen - making its way down Charlestown Hill, from the Regatta playing field, down to the harbour from 7pm.
Proms in the Park & Fireworks (Approximately 8.30pm)
Wave your flags and enjoy this fabulous, and free, concert in the Regatta Playing Field, with a live performance from St Austell Town Band with soloist Alison Harvey and the 1812 overture to a firework display. There will be a BBQ and a licensed bar.
Friday 27th

Regatta Rocks!

The Regatta Rocks! Open air evening of live music, marks the finale the 2017 Regatta week – with live performances from bands Acoustic Angels, The Strutts, Little Twisted. Hot food, including a hog roast, will be on sale and there will be a licensed bar.
Acoustic Angels - None stop Motown, soul and dance floor fillers from Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars by The North’s best session players. It's going to be a party!
The Strutts- Fast becoming known as the party band in Cornwall, The Strutts are a group of fun-loving, energetic musicians who just wanna see you get up and shake your thang.
Little Twisted – A female duo worth checking out! Known for putting their own stamp on a whole heap of well-known tracks whilst showcasing impressive harmonies.
Gates open at 6.30pm and tickets are available from or via the Charlestown Regatta website (, Steve Andrews Tyres, The Harbourside, The Rashleigh Arms and Charlie’s coffee shop in Charlestown.

Ticketed Event: Tickets £10 (15 years and over) and children’s £5 (Under 5’s are free) – all minors must be accompanied by an adult of 18 years of age).



Please note dogs, alcohol and glass are prohibited in the Regatta playing field. 


Did you know?

Charlestown’s authentic Georgian harbour and resident fleet of magnificent sailing ships have taken starring roles in over 25 TV series and films such as Dr Who, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and The Eagle Has Landed. 

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