181st Durham Regatta

The 181st Durham Regatta will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014, where crews from all over the UK will compete on the picturesque River Wear, against the backdrop of Durham Cathedral.

As usual, a full programme of both short and long course races will take place over both days, together with a host of trade stands and bank side activities within the regatta enclosure.  This will include an amazing range of vintage cars at the traditional classic car rally, brass bands, and other fun activities that will make Durham Regatta such a friendly place to be.

We look forward to welcoming you to Durham in June.

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What is Durham Regatta?

Durham Regatta in its present form dates back to 1834, with racing taking place over three days from Prebends Bridget to Pelaw Wood.  Although early records are vague, the regatta was preceded by an annual procession of boats, organised by the Sheriff of the County of Durham and the Rt. Hon. William Lloyd Wharton to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo.

Although commonly referred to as ‘the Henley of the North’, the regatta is the second oldest in the country, preceded only by Chester Regatta.  Today, the regatta takes place over a 750m course on the scenic River Wear in Durham City, regularly attracting in excess of two thousand competitors and ten thousand spectators from across the United Kingdom.  In recent years, the regatta has attracted international entries, with clubs attending from the Netherlands and Norway.

In addition to rowing activities, a wide range of bank side activities take place within the regatta enclosure.  In the past, these have included a vintage car rally, climbing wall, live music, parachute jumping and a wide range of local trade stands.