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The Rowhedge Regatta is an annual event held in the picturesque north Essex riverside village of Rowhedge.

The Regatta, believed to go back to the eighteenth century, has been run annually. Until 1913, it was based on alternate years in Rowhedge and Wivenhoe.

Funding was boosted by donations from the King (Edward VII and his successor, (George V) and the Prince of Wales. This Royal patronage was always assumed to be due to the fact that the captain of the Brittannia, (the King’s racing yacht), was from Rowhedge.

A family event, the day features many quayside activities including fancy dress competition, dog show, Punch & Judy, the greasy pole, hook a duck, coconut shy and crabbing competitions.


On the water there is the spectacular sight of the Smack boats race finish line in front of the crowds gathered on the quayside, many of which were originally built in the area and some being over 100 years old.

As well as local Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe One Designs racing both upriver into Rowhedge and again back downriver towards Wivenhoe and also many of the local Rowing Gigs teams competing to arrive across the finish line first.

Many local stall holders attend to sell their handmade and local crafts/products and to promote their small businesses.

As well as our food vendors who offer everything from tea & coffee to burgers and curry.

In the evening there is entertainment from a live band on the quayside with fireworks concluding the day.

Come along and enjoy the fun!!