Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair
Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair is 181 years and as in times past it takes place all along the river from the Tide Mill to Deben Yacht Club. This year’s event is on Sunday 23 June and forms part of the Suffolk Day celebrations so where better to bring the whole family for a lovely day out.
The regatta throws open its doors at noon with Songs of Praise led by Churches Together on the Tea Hut stage followed by the formal opening at 12.30pm by the town mayor. The traditional conclusion of the regatta is a Duck Dive at 5.15pm in the model yacht pond organised by Woodbridge & District Lions Club.
There is something for everyone to enjoy beside the River Deben: including watching yacht and dinghy races and the raft race with eight teams vying for the prize of an inscribed paddle and bragging rights over other youth groups. New this year will be the St Ayles Skiff built in the Longshed and now on the river as well as the Woodbridge Memory Bike offering rickshaw rides.
The Tide Mill will be offering free admission and people can take advantage of free boat trips up and down the river throughout the day organised by 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts. As well as lots of places to eat and drink, families can head to the bandstand for crafts, games and other activities with a circus theme this year, as well as registration for the crabbing competition held later in the afternoon. People can bring their model yachts to sail on the model yacht pond or even hire one on the day from the Tea Hut. Live music will fill the air at the Tea Hut and at Woodbridge Cruising Club.
In the run-up to the Regatta there will be a Spot the Duck Competition in shops in and around The Thoroughfare, this year with a Circus theme to match the activities on Regatta Day. Details and Entry Forms will be available from Woodbridge Library from the Spring Bank Holiday.
Although it’s completely free to enjoy the regatta, we will be supporting 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts though a street collection. Please give generously if you are able to.
Geoff Holdcroft, chairman of the regatta committee, says: “The programme for this year has been developed to ensure it has all of the usual activities, but it’s great to see the return of the swimming races to the event. The success and longevity of Woodbridge Regatta is a testament to so many community groups working together. I want to thank everyone involved for helping us to put on what we hope will be another fabulous event.”
This year’s Regatta is being proudly sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors. Their CEO, Charles Rowett, said: “We pride ourselves on being here for the local community so what better than sponsoring such a fantastic event that is at the heart of it.”
Woodbridge Regatta Swimming Gala
Saturday 22 June, Deben Leisure Centre
This year sees the reintroduction of swimming races in Deben Leisure Centre sponsored by Places Leisure on the afternoon before Regatta Day, including the Hayward and Sullivan Cups for boys and girls under-16, respectively, living within three miles of Woodbridge and the Regatta Shield and Cup for boys and girls under 16, respectively, living outside the town boundaries. Cups for boys and girls under-12 and under-8 are open to all.