Regatta Events

For the full listings and timetable information of all the events taking place for the Regatta please consult the Whitby Regatta Programme, which is available from various local outlets which are listed in the Programmes section of this web site.

State of Undress


Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th

Pier Bandstand

They’re back! (Well, we just couldn’t keep them away)

Catch them playing their exuberant and infectious fiddle-fuelled music.

State of Undress are an irrepressible super high octane band in the best tradition of bands like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Jethro Tull.


Spectacular Fireworks Display

Monday 13th  21.45 (approx)

After showing Whitby our special Poseidon fireworks display that was such a success in 2016, Frontier Fireworks are proud to bring their next creative fireworks display performance to the Whitby Regatta, named “After Dark”.

 We are going to bring our thunderous display to the Whitby Regatta to excite and thrill everyone on what will be a night to remember. After Dark encompasses one of our noisiest fireworks displays that has all of our colours plus barrages of noise including whistles, crackles and bangs that will reverberate around Whitby. This amazing display will begin with our stunning new patriotic shell for 2017 which has half a red peony and half a blue peony with a silver strobe pistil. 

 We will introduce our amazing long burning strobe sequence into the display this year as we literally fill the sky with twinkling stars in green, red and silver that will fill the sky from 100ft all the way up to 700ft in the sky.

 The display will run through sequences of colours, effects and noises that will produce a spectacle of choreographed fans and straight firing cakes and shells. We will fill the sky with whistling serpents that burst into purple crackling stars as a new sequence introduced for 2017. We will rapidly change the pace of the display from flanks to centre firing positions and also launch another new sequence for this year with the deepest blue fireworks you will ever see.

 This will be our widest and highest display yet at the Whitby Regatta so we are really excited to bring After Dark to the Whitby Regatta for everyone to enjoy.

 We are going to keep one of our favourite audience sequences in the display whereby we create a large W in the sky for Whitby. This will be launched into the sky just before our pre finale.

 In 2016 we noticed how much our salute shells echoed around Whitby and that the feedback was so positive about the display so we will have an amazing pre-finale of sky filling glittering shells intermingled with thunderous shells to bring the Whitby Regatta to an incredible finale.


Rowing Races

Please see the Regatta programme for dates and race times.

Local teams competing for first place

The Lidl Whitby Regatta 4k Fun Run

Sunday 12th

Starting from The Crescent Gardens and run predominantly along the sea wall promenade.

Entry Form (PDF Format)

2017 Results (PDF Format)

The Greasy Pole Competition

Saturday 11th

By popular demand The Greasy pole Competition is Back!!

From the Fish Pier - Next to the Lifeboat House.

Entry on the day at the Fish Pier

Beach Volleyball

Friday 10th August


Fun on the beach - Beach Volleyball Tournament with award winning North Riding Eagles


BBQ and Café open for tournament.


Registration 19.30pm on the beach at Whitby West Cliff, in front of the beach huts (beside the cliff lift).


Competitions available:


2-a-side women2-a-side men: 2/3-a-side for recreational players

£10 per team (£5 for junior teams)




Spit and Polish Classic Car Rally

Sunday 12th

West Cliff - Spa Green

Many elegant cars will compete in various classes for prestigious trophies.

Application Form (PDF Format)

Fun for Children of All Ages

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th

We have a wide selection of entertainment for children including:


Regatta Market and Craft Fair

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Monday 13th

Located on Archery Green, 10.00 hours till 17.30 hours


Following the successes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Whitby Regatta’s Market and Craft Fair will again be held in 2018.


Last year there was a successful blend of market and craft fair stalls and catering outlets, mixed with crowd pulling events, including the Whitby Regatta Dog Show, and local musicians performing throughout each day.



If you require further details, or a Trader Application Form detailing Terms and Conditions, then please ring the Market Organiser (Rodney Nattriss) on 07495 969245 or send an Email to


RAF Displays

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, and Monday 13th

Visit the RAF's static displays including a recruitment display.

Please note due to operational duties all military displays are subject to availability .


North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey



Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, and Monday 13th.

Crescent Gardens, West Cliff

Located on the edge of one of Britain’s most picturesque and idyllic National Parks, North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey offers an unforgettable and educational range of birds of prey and falconry experiences, courses and displays.

Founded by senior falconers Mark Allen and Mike Kinder, North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey boasts more than 65 years’ collective experience of studying, flying and hunting with eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. 

So whether you’re looking for a gift for a special occasion, an educational day out, an exciting display or a unique falconry experience, North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey allows you to get up close and personal with an array of stunning birds for a truly awe-inspiring encounter you’ll never forget.


Motor Cycle and Quads Gymkhana

Sunday 12th

Skill and fun on two wheels taking place on Whitby's beach.

Raft Race

Saturday 11th

Among the many highlights of Regatta Weekend is the Raft Race in the Lower Harbour

Entry Form (PDF Format)

The Grand Parade

Monday 13th

Please see the Regatta Programme for the parade times.

A parade of many decorated themed floats will make it's way through the heart of the Regatta celebrations.




Red Arrows and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight



Participation to be confirmed.


Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop


Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th

On West Cliff

Van Buren Magic Illusion Spectacular “The only show of its kind in the world” 

After five years performing around the world Andrew Van Buren returns to the UK with a brand new Outdoor entertainment show. 

Van Buren has designed a brand new magical variety illusion show, created especially for outside entertainment & shows, outdoor events, fetes, carnivals, galas, agricultural shows etc. 

The Variety show is a unique mix of the visually highly entertaining and magically baffling which is guaranteed to grab attention, hold and build large crowds & above all be entertaining for the whole family. 

With vast experience of working outdoor events the show has been produced to have appeal for children, teenagers, adults and the older generation too. The audience afterwards will be left discussing just how was it all done? 

Touring with its own custom built Art Nouveau proscenium design outdoor theatre with raised stage which creates a wonderful focal point backdrop and is all fully self- contained. 

These professional performers will provide entertainment with shows crammed with magic, illusions, juggling skills, comedy, escapology, audience participation & a few surprises along the way. 



Professor Jon's Flea Circus


Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th

On West Cliff

An enchanting, very funny attraction re-creating all the fun of an Edwardian Flea Circus with a touch of humbug, bunkum, comedy and loads of audience participation. 

Professor Jon’s presentation is unique.

The show is guaranteed to produce delight and laughter from adults and to enthral and entrance children.

Appearing in the show are Bella the Weightlifting Flea, Madame ZaZa on the tightrope, Danny the Dare-Devil High Diver, Frederico the Flea Cannonball and many more in the cast, all trained from scratch! 



Sam the Scam


Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th

On West Cliff

“Heads I Win, Tails You Lose!"

With Sam the Scam, presenting Beat the Cheat! 

A colourful Bunko Booth with traditional fairground and racecourse scams, including ‘Find the Lady’, ‘Prick the Garter’ and the ‘Three Shell Game’. 

Lots of audience participation and fun incorporating clever sleight of hand, magic and comedy. A chance to watch the entertainment or have a go. You won’t lose any money but we guarantee laugher! 

Great for Fairground, Victorian and Edwardian period.

Everyone has heard of the famous “Find the Lady” trick but few have ever seen it - now here’s a chance to enjoy being fooled and entertained by a trickster with his old-time scams. 



Friday 10th

For times please refer to your Regatta programme

Beach Volleyball - Opposite Beach Huts


 Saturday 11th

For times please refer to your Regatta programme.

Regatta Tombola - Near  Pier Bandstand

State of Undress - Pier Bandstand

95.8FM BBC TEES will be broadcasting LIVE from the Whitby regatta

Yorkshire Coast Radio - West Cliff

Grand Baby Show - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Birds of Prey - Crescent Gardens, West Cliff

Glamorous Granny Competition - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop - West Cliff

Professor Jon's Flea Circus - West Cliff

"Sam the Scam"  Bunko Booth - West Cliff

Regatta Market & Craft Fair - Archery Green

Open Dog Show - Archery Green

Greasy Pole Competition - Fish Pier

Pick a Pen - Capt Cook Area

Kit Car Rally - Spa Green

White Rose Capri Club Display - Spa Green

Vintage Japanese Motor Cycle Club Rally - Crescent gardens

Whitby Motor Club Display - Spa Green

Robinson Cup (Sailing) - Sandsend Bay

Raft Race - Collier Hope

Regatta Sail Past & Lifeboat Launch - Harbour

Solar Viewing (afternoon) - Royal Crescent Road

Star Party (evening) - Archery Green


Sunday 12th

For times please refer to your Regatta programme.

Regatta Tombola - Near Pier Bandstand

State of Undress - Pier Bandstand

95.8FM BBC TEES will be broadcasting LIVE from the Whitby regatta

Yorkshire Coast Radio Car - West Cliff

Motor Cycle, Quads Gymkhana & Lawn Mower Race - Beach Nr. Khyber Pass

Birds of Prey - Crescent Gardens, West Cliff

Whitby Scooter Club rally - Crescent Gardens

Fun Run - Start Crescent Gardens

Pick a Pen - Capt Cook Area

Scrufts Dog Show - Crescent Gardens

Regatta Market & Craft Fair - Archery Green

Tuby's Vintage Commercial vehicles display - West Cliff

Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop - West Cliff

Professor Jon's Flea Circus - West Cliff

"Sam the Scam" Bunko Booth - West Cliff

Vintage & Post War Motor Cycles - Crescent Gardens

Vintage Tractors & Farm Machinery - Crescent Gardens

Spit & Polish Classic Car Rally - Spa Green

Solar Viewing (afternoon) - Royal Crescent Road

Star Party (evening) - Archery Green


Monday 13th

For times please refer to your Regatta programme.

Regatta Tombola - Near Information Point adjacent to the Whale Bones

Walking Floats & Fancy Dress (Assemble) - Market Place

Walking Floats & Fancy Dress (Parade) - Route (see programme)

followed by prize giving at - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Regatta Market and Craft fair - Archery Green

Birds of Prey - Crescent Gardens, West Cliff

Tyler Cup (Sailing) - Upper Harbour

Yorkshire Coast Radio Car - West Cliff

Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop - West Cliff

Fun Fair Opens - Pier Road Area

Fancy Dress Judging & Prize Giving - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Rowing Clubs Prize Giving - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Grand Fireworks Display - Viewing from West Cliff & Pier


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