August … time for the high season, scorching skies … and Whitby Regatta (11th, 12th & 13th August 2018). 
This year will mark the 178th event, which is thought to be one of the oldest of its kind along the Yorkshire Coast. The harbour will be bustling with boats; the streets will be thronged with people and the atmosphere should be fantastic. And there'll be a guest appearance from the Red Arrows! We would like to thank Neil Silk for allowing us to use some of his fabulous images featured in this blog. Thank you, Neil! 
Whitby’s curved piers, lighthouses and tidal harbour basin form part of the stunning backdrop to the event. 
And let’s not forget Whitby Abbey, the Whale Bones, the Captain Cook Memorial and the connection to Dracula, all of which help create the magic of our seaside town. 
The maritime links are numerous and are celebrated during the Regatta each year. 
Fabulous boats of all shapes and size will keep the eyes entertained. 
The events are varied to say the least, including yacht racing, rowing races and lots of free children’s entertainment along with the spectacular firework display. 
Here are a few highlights of the weekend … 
State of Undress will be hitting the high notes at the Pier Bandstand during the event. 
Our feathered friends will be stretching their wings with the birds of prey display at the Crescent Gardens 
There’s also a glamorous granny contest, a dog show, greasy pole competition, vintage cars and motorbikes, the all-important raft race and even a chance to view the sun safely with a solar viewer in Royal Crescent Road. 
If you fancy running off those fish, chips and ice creams, then the Lidl Whitby Regatta 4K fun run takes place too. 
The Regatta also includes the spectacular Whitby scooter rally, a market and craft fair, Van Buran’s magic show and circus workshop and there’s a stellar star party on the Sunday evening on Archery Green. 
The iconic Red Arrows (best viewed from West Cliff) with make your jaw dropping aeronautical display at 12noon on Sunday 12th August, and an aircraft from the Battle of Britain memorial flight will also pass the town if all goes to plan. 
The colourful walking floats and fancy dress parade takes place on Monday, as does the Regatta Comic Football Match, a funfair and of course the grand fireworks display on Monday evening. 
The above is just a taste of what’s going on during this hectic yet fun weekend. 
There will be radio stations broadcasting from the event, too. 
As with all major events, the town will be super-busy. 
Allow extra time for any journeys you might need to take and if you want to enjoy some great food, then there are numerous places to eat and drink, who will be prepared for the crowds. 
We’re ready for it here at the Riviera – we can’t wait to meet our guests and make them feel welcome in our lovely town. 
If you would like to find out more, click here for more information
Remember to check all details and dates BEFORE you travel, in case of any last minute changes. 
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