Charlestown Regatta Week

27 Jul 2019 to 2 Aug 2019
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

Charlestown Regatta returns on July 27th – August 2ndwith 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 and visitors alike to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, craft stalls, raft races, water sports and classic favourites such as the Children’s sports, Grand Carnival, flora dance procession and Regatta Rocks.  

Charlestown village, a UNESCO world heritage site, takes centre stage as the week’s proceeding wrap around the magnificent Georgian harbour. 

Charlestown Regatta Committee Co-Chairman, Terry Butler, commented “It’s exciting to announce the full programme of activities for Regatta Week 2019. Our charity triathlon, and new for this year the junior biathlon, will kick-start the week’s proceedings on Regatta Saturday (July 27th), followed by daily events every evening with the finale of week seeing three live bands take to the stage at Regatta Rocks (Friday August 2nd).  Each year we’re overwhelmed by the local support and goodwill of our visitors - we can only hope everyone joins us again so heartily to make 2019 the best yet!”

Full Regatta Programme below map 

Charlestown Regatta Week 2019 Programme: 

Saturday July 27th- Regatta Saturday 

Charlestown Fun Triathlon (11:00): 

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 07:30-10:30 and a pre-race briefing at 10:15 outside the roundhouse on the quay. Adults and youths can enter individually or as part of a team of three. 

New for 2019: Junior Biathlon (10:30):

For children aged 11 and under, Charlestown Regatta introduces a new junior biathlon. All entries will receive a goodie bag and a medal for taking part – 50 meter sea swim, 400 meter cliff path run. £5 to enter. 

The triathlon and biathlon 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/Biathlon 2019 application forms from, email clairebest27@gmail.comor find ‘Charlestown Fun Triathlon’ on Facebook.  All triathlon entry forms must be submitted by July 26th– please note, no entries available on the day.  Individual entries are priced at £22.50, teams are £41 – 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 (13:30), water polo, sailing races, water sports, ‘Knobbly Knees’ (16:30) contest, pasty workshops, entertainment, 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. 

Raft Races (races from 13:00): 

The annual raft races return for 2019 with classes for both juniors and seniors, cash prizes and winner’s cups – prizes also awarded for the ‘best in class’ – fancy dress welcomed and extra points for the most outrageous raft creations and team costumes!

Registration opens at 1pm and can be found just above the slipway, on the quay – entries are free, but donations to the Regatta are always welcome. 

When: July 27th, from 12.30 (12:30 registration, 14:00 juniors race, 15:30 seniors race, 16:30 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 

Sunday July 28th– Sea Sunday

In celebration of the sea and Charlestown’s nautical heritage, there is a range of activities and demonstrations around the harbour all afternoon including: Live music from 11.30am by Sweet Little Thing, pasty demonstrations and workshops (from 13.00 – judging at 15.30), RNLI demonstration, BBQ, stalls, games and special guests. 

In the evening, The Flaming Infidels will be performing rock & roll, rhythm and blues in the Rashleigh from 8pm. 

When: July 28thfrom 11:30 – all afternoon

Where:  Around Charlestown Harbour, on the quay

Free event

Monday July 29th- Monday

Gig Rowing Challenge- Charlestown Rowing Club is hosting a charity gig rowing fun race from 6pm. 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

When: July 29th(evening)

Where:  Around Charlestown Harbour, on the quay 

Tuesday July 30th– 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: July 30th- races begin at 18:30 

Where:  The Regatta playing field 

Free event

Wednesday July 31st– An evening with Johnny Cowling and live music from Jailhouse 

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

Live music from Jailhouse from 19.00.

Johnny on stage from 8pm. Food and refreshments available from 18.30.

When: July 31stfrom 18:30

Where:  The Regatta playing field 

Free Event

Thursday August 1st– Grand Carnival & Proms in the Park

Grand Carnival (Entries from 18:00 – last entries by 18:30 - Procession at 19:00)

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 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 & Fireworks (Approximately 20:30)

Wave your flags and enjoy this fabulous, and free, concert 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. 

When: August 1stfrom18:00 (Carnival procession at 19:00 / Proms at 20:30)

Where:  The Regatta playing field 

Free event

Friday August 2nd– Regatta Rocks!

The Regatta Rocks! Open air evening of live music marks the finale the 2019 Regatta week – with live performances from Noble Jacks!, Totally Funked Up and The Blue Angels. 

Hot food, including a hog roast, will be on sale and there will be a licensed bar.

Gates open at 18:30 and tickets are available from via the Charlestown Regatta website (, Steve Andrews Tyres, The Harbourside, The Rashleigh Arms and Charlie’s coffee shop in Charlestown. 

When: August 1st18:30- 23:00

Where:  The Regatta playing field 

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). 

No glass, alcohol or food is permitted upon entry into the event. Dogs are not permitted in the Regatta playing field. 

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

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