Derwent Water Regatta 2017

Crow Park, Keswick, 8-9 July

The best thing about King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta is that it’s all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try.

Last year hundreds of people took part in low-cost watersport and activity sessions as part of the regatta, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and come back this year!

All water activity sessions are provided by local outdoor providers. There’s a huge range of outdoor activities on offer, so there’s bound to be something you’ll want to try.

Derwentwater Regatta was created by the eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington (alias King Pocky) in the 1790s after he bought Derwent Island in 1778, and built a grand mansion and several follies. He devised a series of madcap regatta activities on Derwent Water, with a fair on Crow Park for spectators to watch teams of people rowing, sailing and swimming around the island. The festivities would reach their climax with a mock attack of the island, when Pocklington fired a cannon towards the local invaders.

Over 200 years later, the National Trust revived this regatta, for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, by recreating the spirit of King Pocky’s vision for the lake.