Salcombe Regatta 2019

The Count Down To Salcombe's Biggest Event of the Year

The History of Salcombe Regatta

The Salcombe Town Regatta is one of the liveliest weeks in the Salcombe calendar and the annual event has been going on for over 120 years.

There’s plenty to do, whether you’re a sailing enthusiast or you prefer to stay on dry land. For creative types, the sandcastle competition on South Sands sees hundreds of sandcastles and sculptures being crafted at low tide, while the Salcombe Dairy ice cream contest is perfectly suited to those with a sweet tooth.

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Salcombe Regatta Week Events

The definition of a Regatta is ‘a sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races.’ However, Salcombe Town Regatta is so much more than just this, teaming age-old traditions with family-friendly fun. The week-long event consists of sandcastle competitions, races, sports, and of course sailing. There’s plenty of activities for the kids including mud races, crab catching and the greasy pole competition, where a telegraph pole is laid over the water while kids battle each other with pillows, trying not to fall off.

The Regatta has two main events towards the end of the week. The spectacular Firework display on the Thursday evening, and the crabbers race on the Friday. Crabbing boats from Salcombe and neighbouring towns do a loop of the harbour, heading out to the bar and back again, dressed up in fancy dress.

As evening falls, the harbour is lit up by fishing boats all decked out in fairy lights and lanterns. The week ends with a prize giving session and torch-lit lantern procession through Salcombe.

Ticket Prices & Entry

Salcombe Town Regatta has many free events during the week, as well as ticketed events which require a fee to take part. To find out if you need to book tickets to the events you’re planning on attending you’ll need to get hold of a Regatta programme. These are available from the following outlets: Salcombe Tourist Information Centre, Cater Cove, Bonningtons, Cranch’s Sweetshop, West End Garage, Soar, The Kidz & Co and Salcombe Deli.


If you live outside of Salcombe and would like a programme, give Salcombe Tourist Information Centre a call on 01548 843927 and they will be able to post a programme out to you.

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Getting to Salcombe Regatta & Parking

Salcombe gets very busy during Regatta week, so parking is limited. However, Salcombe is also reachable by train, with the nearest train station being Totnes. From here, it’s around a 30 to 40 minute taxi ride to Salcombe, or around an hours bus ride.

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