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.

Regatta Revue

Friday 18th

Whitby Pavilion 19.30


Featuring preformances by local Whitby artistes



Spectacular Fireworks Display

Monday 21st  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

Whitby Regatta 4k Fun Run

Sunday 20th

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

Entry Form (PDF Format)

2016 Results (PDF Format)

The Greasy Pole Competition

Saturday 19th

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

To Be Confirmed


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


BBQ and Café open for tournament.


Beach Volleyball 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 men2/3-a-side for recreational players

£10 per team (£5 for junior teams)


Entry forms and contact details can be found on

Any questions contact North Riding Eagles :


Vintage, Post war, Classic & Sports Car Rally

Sunday 20th

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

Application Form (PDF Format)

Fun for Children of All Ages

Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st

We have a wide selection of entertainment for children including:


Regatta Market and Craft Fair

Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th 

Located on Archery Green


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


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 19th, Sunday 20th, and Monday 21st

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

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

Navy Displays

Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st

Visit the Navy`s Submarine trailer and display.

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

Motor Cycle Gymkhana

Sunday 20th

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

Raft Race

Saturday 19th

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

Entry Form (PDF Format)

The Grand Parade

Monday 21st

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.









Jez Avery

Monday 21st


Throughout the day on the West Cliff.


World class PRO BMX, Trials & Mountain bike rider turned Stunt-Show performer Jez is extremely experienced and a well-rounded stuntman with numerous Guinness World Records under his belt. Jez will amaze and entertain any audience.






Slackline School


Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st


Throughout the day


Slacklining is an extreme balance sport that stems from tightrope walking and is recognised worldwide as a sport, an art form, a recreational past time and a therapeutic activity for both body and mind. Try the experience at this year’s Regatta.



Friday 18th

For times please refer to your Regatta programme

Regatta Revue - Whitby Pavilion

Beach Volleyball - Opposite Beach Huts


 Saturday 19th

For times please refer to your Regatta programme.

Regatta Tombola - Near 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

Slackline School - West Cliff

Glamorous Granny Competition - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Sandcastle Competition - Battery Parade Beach Area

Regatta Market & Craft Fair - Archery Green

Pick a Pen - Capt Cook Area

Kit Car Rally - Spa Green

White Rose Capri Club Display - Spa Green

Vintage Japanese Motor Cycle Club Rally - Spa Green

Whitby Motor Club Display - Spa Green

Robinson Cup (Sailing) - Sandsend Bay

Raft Race - Lower Harbour

Regatta Sail Past & Lifeboat Launch - Harbour

Star Party - Archery Green


Sunday 20th

For times please refer to your Regatta programme.

Regatta Tombola - Near 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

Slackline School - West Cliff

Fun Run - Start Crescent Gardens

Pick a Pen - Capt Cook Area

Regatta Market & Craft Fair - Archery Green

Vintage & Post War Motor Cycles - Crescent Gardens

Vintage Tractors & Farm Machinery - Crescent Gardens

Vintage Post War Classic Car Rally - Spa Green

Star Party - Sunken Gardens

Star Party - Archery Green


Monday 21st

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

followed by prize giving at - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Jez Avery Pro-BMX - West Cliff

Slackline School - West Cliff

Tyler Cup (Sailing) - Scaling Dam

Yorkshire Coast Radio Car - 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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