Beer hits the deck for regatta week

Beer Regatta Day in years gone by. Photo by Simon Horn Ref shb 8590-32-10SH

Beer Regatta Day in years gone by. Photo by Simon Horn Ref shb 8590-32-10SH - Credit: Archant

Beer Regatta sets sail on what could be its 100th year this week – and an old favourite has returned.

Saturday starts with a treasure hunt and ends with a barn dance in the Mariners’ Hall, led by the Barn Stormers from 7.30pm. For tickets, call Annie Boalch on 07968 157136.

Sunday is the family fun day at Beer Albion football club, which will include children’s entertainment and adult games, the Monday will see a rowing championship and a mackerel fishing competition.

Stalls and tables will line the Fore Street on Tuesday as the first ever street fair arrives on the Tuesday afternoon before the famed barrel rolling competition makes a long-awaited return.

Wednesday will be cream tea day, before regatta day on Thursday, when teams will be taking to the seas in sailing boats and homemade rafts.

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Visitors should also look skyward to see an aerial display and a grand firework extravaganza in the evening.

Friday will feature an al fresco disco, and the week rounds off on Saturday with dinghy racing.

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The committee have been putting together a gallery of memories from years gone by, which will be on display in the Congregational Hall from August 12 to 17, and any other pictures can be added on the day.

There you can also join the debate on how old the festival is - no one knows for certain if the centenary should be this year or next, or in 2020!

A full list of events can be found in the programme, which is available in shops across Beer.

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