Dartmouth Harbour - Dartmouth Regatta 2016
Devon, Family days out

Dartmouth Regatta 2016 in pictures

We planned our August holiday so that we’d be home during the biggest event in our town’s calendar – Dartmouth Regatta. Or, to give it its full title, the Port of Dartmouth’s Royal Regatta. Ooh la la.

Dartmouth Regatta takes place over the space of a week but the main activities happen on the August Bank Holiday weekend. There are boat competitions on the River Dart, family races on the South Embankment, as well as air displays, fireworks and music at the bandstand. Then out on the English Channel there are sailing races. This year, the Regatta also welcomed home the GB Sailing Team which made an appearance on Saturday.

The Regatta marks the peak of Dartmouth’s summer season, which is saying something as we’ve found it is a busy tourist destination all year round. We feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the UK. However, it can be easy to take the river views and quirky architecture for granted when they’re the backdrop for running errands and dashing between play groups.

We used the Regatta as an opportunity to see our home through the eyes of tourists, wandering around the harbour and streets, soaking up the atmosphere. We also took a walk up to the headland at Little Dartmouth from where we could see some of the seaborne action.

Here’s a few of the pictures I took during the weekend.

Dartmouth Harbour boats - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

Dartmouth Harbour

Kingswear across River Dart - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

The River Dart

HMS Ledbury and whalers racing on the River Dart - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

Dartmouth Regatta guard ship, HMS Ledbury

View across the River Dart to where the South Devon Steam Railway runs - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

Smoke from the Dartmouth Steam Railway train leaving Kingswear

Fairfax Place - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

Regatta flags flying in Fairfax Place

Holiday lets on South Embankment overlooking the River Dart - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

South Embankment

Tin Box Tot painting - Dartmouth Regatta

Tin Box Tot painting a penguin at the China Blue stand

Tin Box Tot sailing - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

Tin Box Tot learning to sail at the Volvo Sailing stand

Red Arrows flying in formation - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

The Red Arrows from our back garden

A view across the mouth of the River Dart - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

Sail boats spotted from the mouth of the River Dart

Tin Box Dog Little Dartmouth

Tin Box Dog on a walk at Little Dartmouth
View across mouth of River Dart - Dartmouth Regatta 2016

Little Dartmouth

What did you get up to over the August Bank Holiday weekend?

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Dartmouth Regatta 2016 in pictures - the Port of Dartmouth's Royal Regatta is the biggest event of the year for this Devon estuary town and marks the peak of the summer season. Visitors can watch boat races on the river, air displays and music in the band stand

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