Whitby Regatta




21st, 22nd and 23rd August.



Organisers continuing to plan as usual despite Covid uncertainty. 


The event that sees thousands of visitors heading to the town could still go ahead as normal after being postponed for the first-time last year.


In response to all the enquiries currently being received we are continuing to plan as usual for Whitby Regatta 2021 and also preparing for every eventuality. This may include having to scale down some events which normally form part of the Regatta weekend.


Developments over forthcoming months will be crucial to whether the event can go forward, especially if current social distancing measures are to be maintained.


The uncertainty lies in the conditions that must be met in each of the Government’s road map stages. 


Due to this uncertainty we are all facing the Whitby Regatta Committee will not be making a final decision until closer to the summer.


Any updates will be published on this site and the Whitby Regatta Facebook page.


We thank you all for your continued support and hope to see you this summer.

Regatta Events previously featured

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.

Spectacular Fireworks Display





We are overjoyed and honoured to be providing the world renowned Whitby Regatta closing fireworks display for 2019 and 2020. As a local company we fully understand the traditions behind the Regatta and we want to create a spectacular ending to the Regatta weekend. Preparation is well underway for this year’s display and we promise to light up the sky on every level. Starting with our signature whistles to open the show and ending with an unforgettable finale, Illumination Pyrotecnics will ensure this event has a bang that will be heard for miles. 

Web: www.illuminationpyrotechnics.co.uk

Email: info@illuminationpyrotechnics.co.uk



Rowing Races


Viewing from West Cliff and the Harbour

Please see the Regatta programme for dates and race times.


The Lidl Whitby Regatta 4k Fun Run


Starting from The Crescent Gardens

Run predominantly along the sea wall promenade.


Entry Form (PDF Format)

Last Year's Results (PDF Format)

The Greasy Pole Competition


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


Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Team


Viewing from West Cliff

The Typhoon display circuit is a culmination of months of hard work, detailed preparation and concerted effort by the team behind the display. Whilst it is the pilot who displays the aircraft, he cannot even begin to do his job without the unfaltering commitment and backing of the dedicated group of professionals that make up the Typhoon Display Team.

2019 is looking to be a busy, but hugely exciting season for us. With the future of the Royal Air Force firmly in our sight we look forward to showcasing the mind blowing display of speed, power and agility by Flt Lt Jim Peterson and His Typhoon aircraft.


Spit and Polish Classic Car Rally


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


We have a wide selection of entertainment for children.


Regatta Market and Craft Fair


Located on Archery Green, 

There is always 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 are interested or require further details then please ring the Market Organiser on 07495 969245 or send an Email to:-  annatwhitby@gmail.com

Click here to download an application form in PDF format

RAF Displays


On West Cliff

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


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.



Raft Race


Lower Harbour

Among the many highlights of Regatta Weekend is the Raft Race.


Entry Form (PDF Format)

The Grand Parade


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.


Dr. Phantasma's Amazing Sideshow - Step Right Up!


On West Cliff

Imagine the impact of seeing a wonderfully colourful and dynamic show. See the Pain-proof Man! See the Fire King blowing huge plumes of fire! Marvel at Miss Elastina twisting and contorting her body! Gasp as Romana ascends the razor-sharp Ladder of Swords! Amazing acts and attractions in one show, for all ages, presented by our unusual collection of strange performers.

With an outside stage and colourful banners the show makes an impressive and eye-catching attraction. 

We promise you amazing sights, thrills and laughs perfect for all outdoor events. 


Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop


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. 


The Rich Goodwin Airshow


Viewing from West Cliff

Rich Goodwin performs high energy aerobatic manoeuvres at events across Great Britain Ireland and Europe, in his highly-modified Pitts Special S2S, his ‘Muscle Biplane’.

‘The Muscle Biplane’, started life as a Pitts but don’t be under any illusions – this is not an aircraft you can buy off the shelf. The aircraft’s extensive modification programme has given this biplane enhanced capabilities which allow Rich to perform a unique and extraordinary brand of aerobatics.

Richard, an ex-RAF Tornado pilot now flies for a commercial airline but when he’s not at work, he’s either maintaining his current Pitts S2S Special, fondly known as G-EWIZ or building the new Jet Pitts.

The heart of the aircraft is a six cylinder 8.5 ltr Lycoming  0540 Engine, modified to produce 300hp and turning the latest MT Aerobatic Prop.

The standard Pitts’ landing gear has been removed and the engine mount modified to take Titanium sprung gear legs and there’s a new shape carbon cowling that reduces weight and profile drag. In addition to the enlarged rudder, this year Rich will be flying a newly approved elevator designed by Eddie Saurenman providing better pitch control for those hovering passes and tumbles.

 All that, and more, means that Rich’s Muscle Biplane can perform double-hammerheads, high-alpha knife-edge flypasts and the amazing ‘Tower of Power’ to complete torque rolls whilst flying backwards through his own smoke.


The Worlds only Aerobatic Formation Wingwalking Team


Viewing from West Cliff

Since 1984, UK based, AeroSuperBatics Ltd have been operators of famous airshow teams including the Crunchie Flying Circus, The Utterly Butterly’s, Guinot Wingwalkers and the Breitling Wingwalkers.  With breath-taking performances showing throughout Europe, Middle East, China, Japan, India, Australia and the Philippines.


The Whitby Regatta Comic Football Match


Whitby Main Beach

Playing for the Snowball Cup.

Burberry's Factory Girls Vs  Fleece Old Boys


Motor Cycle and Quad Bike Gymkhana

Beach near Kyber Pass




Whitby Regatta 


For times please refer to your Regatta programme.

Regatta Tombola - Near  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

RAF Typhoon Display Team - Viewing from West Cliff

Birds of Prey - Crescent Gardens, West Cliff

Glamorous Granny Competition - Royal Hotel, West Cliff

Dr. Phantasma's Amazing Sideshow - West Cliff

Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop - 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



For times please refer to your Regatta programme.

Regatta Tombola - Near Pier Bandstand

95.8FM BBC TEES will be broadcasting LIVE from the Whitby regatta

Yorkshire Coast Radio Car - West Cliff

RAF Typhoon Display Team - Viewing from West Cliff

Motor Cycle, Quads Gymkhana & Lawn Mower Race - Beach Nr. Khyber Pass

Birds of Prey - Crescent Gardens, West Cliff

Wildcat Aerobatics Display Team - Viewing from 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

Tuby's Vintage Commercial vehicles display - West Cliff

Dr. Phantasma's Amazing Sideshow - West Cliff

Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop - 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



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

Dr. Phamtasma's Amazing Sideshow - West Cliff

Van Buran's Magic Show and Circus Workshop - 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