North Sea Ships regatta Blyth 2016

Published: Wednesday 3rd Aug 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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This August Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 26th – Monday 29th, the Port of Blyth in Northumberland will host the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta. Up to 30 of the largest and most spectacular Tall Ships in the world will sail into Blyth for a fantastic 4 day FREE festival. The Ships will arrive from Norway, Portugal, Belgium and Poland among other countries, making this a truly International event.

The Regatta will provide plenty to see and do, with 1.5 miles of entertainment, food and drink, as well as the magnificent Tall Ships. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy the event which also has fireworks each night, live music and grand parades.

This year’s Tall Ships Regatta celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Tall Ships Races. To symbolise the Anniversary, the event will end with a race from the Northumberland Coast to Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Tall Ships Regatta is a perfect family day out. Each area of the 1.5 miles of entertainment has something special to offer, from fairground rides, to family fun in Ridley Park, to sandcastles on the beach. Let the kids roam around the decks of the Tall Ships and meet the crews from around the world. The huge ‘Dar Mlodziezy’ the Polish giant which is over 100 meters, will be among this opening their decks to the public.

You can also look out for The Cod Choir – the naughtiest, cheekiest fisherman you will ever meet on the street – and listen as their codfish burst into song and tell terrible fishy jokes.

There will be a crew parade on Saturday 27th August where Blyth will come alive with a carnival atmosphere. You will also hear the ships bells ring in response to the nightly firework displays at 9pm.

If you haven’t got kids – there is still plenty of entertainment for you to enjoy with a partner or friends. Experience a real festival atmosphere with live music from popular rock and pop bands on the main stage, plenty of local food and drink the Tall Ships to explore.

A Northumberland Visitor Village will also be there boasting a mix of street entertainers and Northumberland attractions.

You can also see ‘The Timid Vikings of Reknaestuff’, a performance by Street Theatre Company, Mischief La-Bas. These friendly and sympathetic Norse people don’t destroy the towns and villages in their path, but instead offer handshakes, dog-walking and apologies for the behaviour of their ancestors.

In summary there is:

  • 4 days of FREE family Fun
  • 30 Spectacular Tall Ships to go on board and explore
  • 1.5 miles of entertainment that includes live music, local food, fairground rides, firework displays, parades and much more!

If you are planning to visit the Tall Ships in Blyth for the North Sea Regatta, you are advised to book your car parking in advance as there will be no event parking in Blyth during the Regatta. Advance booking will ensure you have a space allocated for your car.

August Bank Holiday is a great time to visit Northumberland with this Regatta going on. Grace Darling Holidays have holiday cottages located all around Northumberland that will provide a fantastic place to stay if you wish to make a weekend of it. 

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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