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The Durham Regatta


The Durham Regatta was first held in 1834 making it the second oldest regatta in the country (the oldest being Chester Regatta). Durham Regatta,  developed from the annual procession of boats originally assembled in 1815 to celebrate the victory at Waterloo.  Rowing as well as generous vast quantities of food and drink have remained features of the regatta ever since. The 2016 event takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June on the banks of the River Wear and marks the 183rd Durham Regatta. Situated next to Durham Cricket ground, the location provides fantastic views of the Cathedral.

What can I expect?

The racing takes place between two crews at a time, and along with many college boats, features some of the top rowing crews in the country. All races start just above the Bandstand.  The ‘short course’ races end just below Baths Bridge while the ‘long course’ finishes near Prebends Bridge and uniquely involves crews navigating Elvet Bridge. The races are split into boat sizes and then various categories by gender, age group, and skill level.



Don’t miss the Grand Challenge Cup which showcases the elite fours. The different crews can all be identified by their blades which feature their own patterns and colours, look out particularly for Durham University’s Palatinate Purple blades!


Aside from the racing, there is plenty to see and do, from numerous food stalls, a variety of  entertainers and band performances to a classic car rally, displays by the armed forces, inflatables and much more!Whether you’re a local or a student, why not head down to the regatta to support your friends or college- or even just enjoy a great day out?


For more info check out the official website:

Sophie Johnson

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