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The town of Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall is located on the mouth of the Fowey river about 20 miles west of Plymouth, and 5 miles east of St Austell. Fowey Regatta is held in August and in May the town is the backdrop for the Fowey Festival of Words and Music.

Commercially, Fowey is known as a China Clay port. Fowey is a deep water harbour and in recent years Fowey had been one of the largest exporting ports in the United Kingdom in tonnage terms, with exports of clay in excess of 1.8 million tonnes in 1989. Over 40% of all cargoes handled in the South West passed then through Fowey.

The port hosted its longest ship, the Cruise liner Boudicca at 205 metres length overall in August 2007. The Commissioners are keen to increase cruise liner visits.  Passengers enjoy visiting the many beautiful local attractions including the Eden Project, Heligan Garden & National Trust properties.

Upcoming Events

Regatta & Carnival Week - Sunday 18 August 2019 to Saturday 24 August 2019

Fowey Regatta & Carnival Week

What’s it all about?

For one week each August the usually tranquil town of Fowey attracts thousands of visitors who flock there for the Fowey Royal Regatta, one of Britain’s premier sailing events. It is also a fun-filled week for all the family – sailors and landlubbers alike.

What happens?

Sailing boats of all shapes and sizes race in the river and out in the bay. Other main events include the Carnival on Wednesday evening, with a colourful parade of floats, walkers in fancy dress and marching bands,  fantastic firework displays over the river, live music on the Town Quay, and away from the sailing, raft and gig racing as well.

Please Note: The Red Arrows will not be appearing in 2019

How can you take part?

Over the many years the Regatta has been running, the regatta has attracted many visitors, including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II and is recommended as a must see event by Debrett’s, the authority on all matters of taste. Fowey’s location, perched above a magnificent harbour, provides a natural arena to watch the sailing from and in the town’s winding old streets you’ll find plenty of activities to entertain. There’s the traditional crowning of the carnival queen followed by the floral dance, you can compete in the crab catching and swimming competitions, experience the giant pasty ceremony, get caught up in the exuberance of the carnival, watch the magical torch light dinghy procession on the water and spend the evenings on the harbour listening to performances ranging from The Last Night of the Proms to rock.

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Fowey Regatta & Carnival Week
Various venues around Fowey
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