Early Regatta highlights
2. Regatta Fete
Theatre at Fingals
Food Festival Party
Stoke Fleming show
6. Small News
Regatta Programme available from the Tourist Information
Centre right now!
1. Early Regatta
Well, it’s that time of year again! Regatta is finally upon us!
The 164th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta programme is now on
sale from the TIC and many other outlets. At £2.50 it’s
really good value to keep you in touch with everything that’s
going on (it includes lots of interesting features as well). So
hurry out and buy it now! We’ve picked out some of the
many events happening between now and next Thursday – you must
read our news next week to see how they went and what’s in store
for Friday and Saturday!
Flag - at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon on the South
Embankment Dartmouth is taking part in a rather special Flag
raising. A uniquely designed London Olympic flag will be raised
by five promising junior members of Olympic Sports represented
at Regatta (sailing, rowing, swimming, tennis and athletics) at
the same time as the official handover of the 2008 Olympics in
Beijing to the 2012 Olympics in London.
Regatta Praise - come to the Royal Avenue Gardens to join
in and be uplifted by the inspired and enthusiastic singing at
Regatta Songs of Praise this Sunday 3.30pm.
Opening Ceremony – although many events have already
begun, don’t miss the spectacle of the official opening of the
164th Royal Regatta which takes place in the Royal Avenue
Gardens at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening, preceded by the
procession from the Guildhall beginning at 7.15pm and led by the
Exeter Pipes and Drums. A maroon is fired at 7.30pm after which
the Mayor invests the Chairman of Regatta, David Kelland with a
replica brooch of the Silver Oar symbolising of the right of the
Mayor and Town Council to the water bailiwick of the River Dart
which they hold from the Duke of Cornwall. The Regatta Chairman
will wear this brooch throughout Regatta as a symbol of his
Children’s Fancy Dress – a
favourite with children and adults alike, we are always amazed
at the imagination and ingenuity of the entries! The competition
takes place in the Royal Avenue Gardens at 10.30am and is
organised and sponsored by Tessa de Galleani (Dartmouth
Living), Venus Cafes and Blackpool Sands.
Photos shown here are
from last year.
- The first event of regatta is the Grand Regatta Fete in the
Royal Avenue Gardens this Saturday from 12 noon, to be opened by
the Mayor of Dartmouth, Councillor Debbie Morris. Come along and
enjoy the stalls and games by local organisations; there’s
plenty to keep the children amused too with Punch and Judy,
Professor Fumble and a Teddy Bears Picnic. It also helps to
raise money for Regatta, so don’t forget to drop some coins into
the collecting tins and buy your tickets for the Grand Regatta
Draw. Also on Saturday evening, the Brixham Town Band will be
performing a ‘last night of the proms’ style concert in the
Bandstand – bring your union jack and join in!
The Miracle Theatre Company
presents: the final summer performance of
A story of
love, death and sea-sickness in the lap of the Gods……
A night everyone has been looking forward to, the annual
open-air play at Fingals with this wonderful award winning comic
theatre company from Falmouth is on Sunday 31st August at 7pm.
The Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts who set sail to
recover the sacred Golden Fleece is brought to life by five
actors using a variety of props to transform the temple of Zeus
into a ship as they fight giants and huge snakes while Jason
woos the lovely Medea in his quest for the sacred relic…
It all sounds marvellous and in true Fingals/Miracle style we
know we are in for a great evening. Come prepared with your warm
woollies, rugs (and, heaven forbid, some wet weather gear and an
umbrella) and a torch to get back to your car afterwards.
Tickets will cost £25 per person. This will include a glass of
wine (or a soft drink), a hot mug of soup with a roll and butter
and a pasty during the interval and a cheese board with hot
chocolate or coffee at the end. There will also be a pay bar.
Tickets (which will be the programme of the evening) are limited
and must be booked and paid for in advance by calling
01803 722398 or e-mail by
Food Festival Party - Wednesday 8 October
After a sell out last year,
the Food Festival Opening event details are now available!
This Party was the talking point of last year's festival, so
much food, so much fun, absolutely not to be missed, cancel
everything and go! The photos here show just a little from
last year. This the proposed food for you to try:
- Paella from the
Ferry Boat Inn
- Fish Soup from the
- Salmon locally
- Smoked Meat & Fish
from The Dartmouth Smokehouse
- Bread and Salad
from the French Bread Shop
- Cheeses from Smith
- Chocolate Brownies
from Manna From Devon
- Croquenbouch from
- Dartmouth Ice Cream
from Dartmouth Ice Cream
- Italian from The
- Champagne Bar
- Oyster Bar
- And much much more
- Drinks Bar
Tickets priced £25 (the
food is all included, drinks are extra) are now available from
One Design in Foss Street, Danielli in Lower Street, The Royal
Castle Hotel, Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre and Kingswear
Post Office. Cash or Cheques only please.
to visit the website or
click here to send an e-mail to the organisers.
Come down for the
Stoke Fleming show
The Annual Show takes place
on Bank Holiday Monday August 25th on the Playing Field and in
the Village Hall on the A379 at Stoke Fleming. Gates are open
from 12.30 and there will be the usual programme with stalls,
sideshows, exhibits in the Hall and Marquee and Sports (enter on
Special attractions of Punch
and Judy (another return visit by popular request) and Balloon
Modelling, the Riverside Ramblers Jazz Band playing at 12.30 and
4pm and early in the afternoon at approx. 1.30pm, before the
Grand Opening at 2.15pm, there will be a Display of Dog
There is a Bar Tent, as well
as Children’s Bar, Lunch BBQ, Ice-cream and Teas and the Friends
of Stoke Fleming School are running a craft activity for
children. This year’s Special Division theme is ‘Rural’ and
there are exhibits from gardeners, cooks, flower arrangers,
photographers and craftspeople, as well as the ‘Rural’ fun
Remember that it only costs £4 entry fee for a family of 4 and
there is free parking as well. Come and support a local Show and
get into holiday mood before Regatta.
Photos from last year's
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outside the Royal Dart Yacht Club
Images copyright Dave
Tony Pike, David Kent & others.