Derwentwater Regatta

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017

The first Derwentwater Regatta for 200 years was held on the lake in 2014 and was such a success that the National Trust has made an annual event of stone-skimming, boating and bathtub racing.

The best thing about King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta is that it’s all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try.

Last year hundreds of people took part in low-cost watersport and activity sessions as part of the regatta, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and come back this year!

All water activity sessions are provided by local outdoor providers and will include canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sailing dinghies, a catamaran and bath tubs. There will also be dragon-boat races to raise funds for the National Trust.

There's a huge range of outdoor activities on offer, so there's bound to be something you'll want to try. Whether it's family taster sessions in kayaks, a chance to build your own coracle or a motorised trip in a group around the lake, there are lots of ways to dip your toes into having fun on the lake. If you fancy a little more adventure you could have a go sailing a catamaran, a Viking Long Boat or sailing dingy.

Derwentwater Regatta was created by the eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington (alias King Pocky) in the 1790s after he bought Derwent Island in 1778, and built a grand mansion and several follies. He devised a series of madcap regatta activities on Derwent Water, with a fair on Crow Park for spectators to watch teams of people rowing, sailing and swimming around the island. The festivities would reach their climax with a mock attack of the island, when Pocklington fired a cannon towards the local invaders.

Over 200 years later, the National Trust revived this regatta, for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, by recreating the spirit of King Pocky’s vision for the lake.

Watch the 2014 Regatta live on youtube

Location

Crow Park, Derwentwater, Keswick

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Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017

The first Derwentwater Regatta for 200 years was held on the lake in 2014 and was such a success that the National Trust has made an annual event of stone-skimming, boating and bathtub racing.

The best thing about King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta is that it’s all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try.

Last year hundreds of people took part in low-cost watersport and activity sessions as part of the regatta, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and come back this year!

All water activity sessions are provided by local outdoor providers and will include canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sailing dinghies, a catamaran and bath tubs. There will also be dragon-boat races to raise funds for the National Trust.

There's a huge range of outdoor activities on offer, so there's bound to be something you'll want to try. Whether it's family taster sessions in kayaks, a chance to build your own coracle or a motorised trip in a group around the lake, there are lots of ways to dip your toes into having fun on the lake. If you fancy a little more adventure you could have a go sailing a catamaran, a Viking Long Boat or sailing dingy.

Derwentwater Regatta was created by the eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington (alias King Pocky) in the 1790s after he bought Derwent Island in 1778, and built a grand mansion and several follies. He devised a series of madcap regatta activities on Derwent Water, with a fair on Crow Park for spectators to watch teams of people rowing, sailing and swimming around the island. The festivities would reach their climax with a mock attack of the island, when Pocklington fired a cannon towards the local invaders.

Over 200 years later, the National Trust revived this regatta, for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, by recreating the spirit of King Pocky’s vision for the lake.

Watch the 2014 Regatta live on youtube

Location

Crow Park, Derwentwater, Keswick

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