Charlestown Regatta Week

22 Jul 2017 to 28 Jul 2017
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
Charlestown Regatta returns to 2017 on July 22 – July 28 with a full programme of events for all the family, in celebration of one of the most iconic villages in the county

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.

Programme of events 

Saturday July 22nd - Regatta Saturday

Charlestown Fun Triathlon (11:00):
Making a splash, the annual charity triathlon begins and ends of 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 award’s presentation will take place at 12.30 outside the Pier House. Winner’s cups will be awarded for the first man, woman, youth and (adult and youth) team to cross the finish line - every entry will receive a medal, T-Shirt and goody bag for taking part.

Download the Charlestown Triathlon 2016 application form from, email or find ‘Charlestown Fun Triathlon’ on Facebook. All entry forms must be submitted by 28th July – 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 Quay (From 13:30):
A variety of entertainment will be taking place throughout the afternoon, including: Crowning of Regatta Queen, water polo, sailing races, water sports, RNLI demonstration, ‘Knobbly Knees’ contest, entertainment from Harry Kazzam and Gloria the Ostrich, face painting, BBQ and refreshments – plus special guest appearances.

Raft Races (14:30):
The annual raft races return for 2016, 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.

When: from 13:00 (13:00 registration, 14:30 juniors race, 15:30 seniors race, 17:00 prize presentations)
Where: Charlestown Harbour – The Slipway, on the quay.
All juniors must wear buoyancy aids to compete in the race – limited loan available – bring your own to guarantee entry.
Free Event (excluding Triathlon entry)

Sunday July 23rd – Sea Sunday

In celebration of the sea and Charlestown’s nautical heritage, from 12:30 there will be activities taking place around the harbour and Radio St Austell Bay broadcasting live from the quay.

Activities include: Live music performances from The Press Gang, competitions, pasty demonstrations, Poldark’s ‘cakey tea’, BBQ, stalls, games and special guests.

When: from 12:30 – all afternoon
Where: Around Charlestown Harbour, on the quay
Free event

Monday 24th - Musical Monday

Live musical performance by folk duo Annie & Gareth Baylis, from 7pm, on the Quay.

Annie & Gareth have been described as a slick contemporary folk duo, who have a modern approach to creating a classic sound. They have supported the likes of Patsy Reid, Bellowhead and George Ezra, as well as making great waves on the UK festival circuit, having just returned from performing at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

When: performance starts at 19:00
Where: Around Charlestown Harbour, on the quay (In the case of wet weather the Harbourside Inn will host the event)
Free event

Tuesday 25th – Children’s Sports

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 18:30 – local food and refreshments will also be available.

When:  races begin at 18:30
Where: The Regatta playing field
Free event

Wednesday 26th – Youth Kicks!

Youth Kick’s is a talent contest for all budding entertainers and performers – an eclectic evening with performances from gymnasts, dancers, musicians, singers, magicians and guest judges, with cash prizes for the best in class.
Entrants are welcome to sign up on the day (last entries by 6pm), or contact Sue Facey to secure a place in advance (T: 07854466087 E: Children aged 5-18 welcome to enter - BBQ and refreshments will be available.

When:  from 19:00
Where: The Regatta playing field
Free Event

Thursday 27th – Grand Carnival & Proms in the Park

Grand Carnival (Entries from 18:00 – Procession at 19:00)
The grand carnival will be followed by the flora dance procession, led by the Regatta Queen - making it’s way down Charlestown hill, from the Regatta playing field, down to the harbour from 19:00.

Grand Carnival - Last entries will need to be submitted by 18:30 with awards and prizes to be presented before the flora dance procession.

Proms in the Park (Approximately 20:30)
Wave your flags and enjoy this fabulous, and free, concert with a live performance from Mount Charles Seniors Band – including the 1812 overture set to a magnificent firework display. There will be a BBQ and a licensed bar.

When: August 4th, from 18:00 (Carnival at 19:00 / Proms at 20:30)
Where: The Regatta playing field
Free event

Friday 28th – Regatta Rocks!

The Regatta Rocks! Open air evening of live music, marks the finale the Regatta week – with live performances from local bands.

Check out the website for updates on bands performing.

Gates open at 18:30 and tickets are available from the Charlestown Regatta website (, Steve Andres Tyres, The Harbourside, The Rashleigh Arms and Charlie’s coffee shop in Charlestown. Hot food will be on sale and The Rashliegh Arms and St Austell Brewery are hosting a licensed bar.

When: 18:30- 23:00
Where: The Regatta playing field
Ticketed Event: Tickets £10 (16 years and over) and £6 (for under 16’s – all minors must be accompanied by an adult of 18 years of age) No glass, alcohol or food is permitted upon entry to the event. Dogs are not permitted in the Regatta playing field.

A week of events including water sports, games and entertainment, raising funds to benefit the people of the village of Charlestown.   

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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