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)


We have had so many positive comments over the past years about our imported fireworks which contain magnesium bright colours. Our palette of fireworks effects and colours have grown so much that at the beginning of this year we have created our most colourful and dazzling display yet called Kaleidoscope, which we will be blasting into the sky over Whitby to dazzle and entertain our audience.

The display will open with our special Golden Willow shells that have giant golden canopies that each have a different colour star on the end of each comet within the willow. This will commence our Kaleidoscope display by introducing all the colours in one dramatic opening.

We will then show our audience sequences of colours that are the same on each flank whilst we barrage shells from our central aisle in a different colour.

We will include our red crossettes that burst open splitting off in different directions, our sparkling silver strobe sequence, blue chrysanthemum shells, green peony barrages, deep purple fan cakes, aqua dahlia shells, pink crackling, blue barrages of stars and amazing tumbling gold comets that fill the sky.



It would not be a Whitby Regatta display without us painting the sky with a giant W for Whitby so we have a new and improved version of this that goes higher, faster and louder than ever before as we make our statement of intent known that we are approaching the amazing finale that our audience in Whitby have become accustomed to over the past years.

Once we begin to approach the finale of our display we will fill the sky with a mixed Kaleidoscope of stars from walls of cakes and barrages of shells until the sky is filled with a huge array of colours before we barrage the sky with our finale of gold and bright magnesium stars for a truly spectacular 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


Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third successful male and female competitor reaching the flag by walking to the end. The prizes will be £25.00, £10.00 and £5.00 for each category.




Satuday 11th, Sunday 12th, Monday 13th 


West Cliff


Like some kind of aquatic flying saucer, the ‘Circraft’ is an English invention that brings a whole new dimension to messing about on the water. Round, revolutionary and radical, it may be pint-sized but the fun to be had is enormous. Come and see the craft on the West Cliff. You might even see it in action in the Whitby harbour during the weekend.






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.


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



Sunday 12th - 12.00 hours

Fantastic News - The world famous "Red Arrows" will be performing their outstanding aerobatic display.

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th. - times to be confirmed

A Dakota aircraft from "The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" will be making a flying visit to the Regatta.

Viewing from West Cliff





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. 


The Whitby Regatta Comic Football Match !!


The Return of an old favourite !

Monday 13th

Whitby Main Beach - 11.30 Kick Off

Playing for the Snowball Cup.

Burberry's Factory Girls   Vs.   Fleece Old Boys
























Whitby Regatta 2019




 Saturday 10th

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

Circraft - 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 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 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

The Red Arrows - View from West Cliff

Tuby's Vintage Commercial vehicles display - West Cliff

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

Circraft - 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 12th

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 Comic Football match - Main Beach

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

Circraft - West Cliff

Fun Fair Opens - Pier Road Area

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

Rowing Clubs Prize Giving - Abbey Wharf

Grand Fireworks Display - Viewing from West Cliff & Pier


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