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Derwent Water Regatta returns

July 10, 2014

Crow Park, Keswick, 9 - 10 August 2014.

The first Derwent Water Regatta for 200 years was held on the lake last year and was such a success that we're looking forward to another weekend of stone-skimming, boating and bathtub racing.

Larking about on the lake

There's a huge range of outdoor activities on offer, so there's bound to be something you'll want to try. Whether it's family taster sessions in kayaks, a chance to build your own coracle or a motorised trip in a group around the lake, there are lots of ways to dip your toes into having fun on the lake. If you fancy a little more adventure you could have a go sailing a catamaran, a Viking Long Boat or sailing dingy

Long tradition of eccentricity

‘King Pocky’ or, more properly known as Joseph Pocklington, bought Derwent Island in 1778, where he built a grand mansion and several follies. He devised a series of madcap regatta activities on Derwent Water along with a fair on Crow Park for spectators. Teams of people rowed, sailed and swam around the island. The festivities would reach their climax with a mock attack of the island, with Pocklington firing cannon towards the local invaders.

Meanwhile, back on dry land

Don't fancy getting out on the water? On Crow Park there will be lots of stalls offering activities and competitions from lots of local businesses and charities.

If you refuse to grow up or are a little on the young side you can try your hand at our free ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ activities, try out our slack line, or even become a champion stone skimmer on our custom-made stone skimming obstacle course.

You can also help build our pirate ship bonfire on Saturday and then come back in the evening at 6.30pm to watch it burn. Yo ho ho, me hearties!

And don't forget to listen out for the cannon as it fires to signal the start of races or try to find ‘King Pocky’ as he wanders the field.

Definitely make time to watch The Big Adventure performed by Theatre by the Lake Youth Theatre at 12.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Join the madness

If you have your own boat you can join Flotilla (Saturday 9 August, 12.15pm), and the Parade of Sail with best dressed boat competition (Sunday 10 August, 12.30pm) with prizes for the best themed boat and crew.


Derwent Water Regatta takes place on Derwent Water and Crow Park, Keswick, CA12 5DJ on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August 2014 starting at 10.30am and ending at 3.30pm both days.

Tiger Boat Time Trials

Who's up for a challenge? Last year the National Trust rangers set a pretty impressive record for the Tiger Boat time trial and were declared as overall champions. This year they need some stiffer competition. You need 8 people in total for a time-trial crew but that winning team will be crowned with all bragging rights and prizes.

Time trials are booked through Platty Plus, click on the link for contact details Find out more

Experience the elegance of the Canadian canoe - a great way to see Derwent Water. All sessions start from the lake shore at Crow Park and expert tuition is provided by Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft company. Click on the link to book a session.

Saturday 9 August only - sessions at 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm.

A 2 hour session costs £10.

Kayak family taster sessions

Kayaks are the most efficient way to paddle through the water. Get to grips with the basics with guidance from the experienced instructors of Nichol End Marine.

Single kayaks £3 for 30 minutes or £5 for an hour.

Double kayaks can fit 2 adults and 1 small child and sessions cost £6 for 30 minutes or £10 for an hour.

Saturday 9 August sessions running all day 10.30am - 4pm.

Sunday 10 August sessions running 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm.

All sessions start from the lake shore at Crow Park.

Rowing Boat taster sessions

Why do we row backwards?! All your burning questions will be answered in these taster sessions. You will be joined in the rowing boat by an instructor from Lakeland Rowing Club who will not only be able to stop you crashing into things but will also give you tips on techniques.

Saturday 9 August 10.30am.

Sunday 10 August 10.30am.

Sessions cost £6, click on the link to book a session.

Catamaran Sailing Taster Session

Always wanted to fly across the water on a catamaran? Treat yourself to an experience like no other, with expert tuition from the experienced folk at Nichol End Marine.

Saturday 9 August sessions at 10.30am, 12pm and 2.15pm.

Sunday 10 August sessions running all day from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Sessions cost £6, click on the link to book a place.

Coracle-building sessions

So funny to watch it should carry a health warning. Make your loved ones build their own boat, send them out into knee-deep water and watch them frantically try to stay afloat. Easy to build, VERY difficult to balance inside when they're on the water, and an unbeatable laughter therapy for spectators - keep the camera handy.

Still, the advice from experienced tutors from Glaramara adventure center should give you a fighting chance.

Saturday 9 August 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Sunday 10 August 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Sessions cost £6 and start from the lake shore at Crow Park, click on the link to book a session.

Bathtub Racing

Who can paddle the fastest bathtub in the west? Don't worry, we've taped the plughole shut so you won't sink!

Advice available from the helpful folks at Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft company.

Saturday 9 August only at 1pm.

Sessions cost £2.50, click on the link to book.

Sailing taster session

Get all Swallows and Amazons and sail a dinghy around Derwent Water with expert tuition from the experienced instructors at Derwentwater Marina.

Saturday 9 August sessions running 1.30pm - 4pm.

Sunday 10 August sessions running 10.30am - 4pm.

Sessions cost £6, click on the link to book a place.

Viking Longboat taster sessions

Celebrate the Norse heritage of Borrowdale with a chance to sail a square sail viking longboat - it's a completely different experience to sailing a dinghy or a yacht.

Also available are motorised cruises in the Group Canoe, which seats up to 8 people.

Both sessions are offered by the knowledgeable and experienced instructors at Platty Plus.

Saturday 9 August sessions at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Sunday 10 August sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Viking longboat sessions £7, Group Canoe cruises £6.

The Big Adventure

Theatre by the Lake's youth theatre will be performing at the regatta. Either join in the workshops beforehand to be part of the performance or come along to watch and support these talented young people.

Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August at 12.30pm.

Free to watch and enjoy.