Looking for somewhere to take Dad on Father’s Day – Sunday 19th June? Then look no further than Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair; a free yet fun filled day for all the family on the banks of the River Deben.
The Mayor of Woodbridge will officially open the Regatta outside the Woodbridge Boatyard at 1.30pm, but the fun packed day starts at 12 noon and finishes around 5pm with the hugely famous Woodbridge & District Lions Club Duck Dive in the Model Yacht Pond, followed by Songs of Praise with Woodbridge Churches Together at the Bandstand.
On the River Deben all the usual Regatta activities will be happening, yacht, dinghy, rowing, and tender racing as well as the third running of the hotly contested single oar sculling race in memory of Frank and Christine Knights. The 1st Woodbridge Scout Group will be again organising the raft building and raft racing so come along and cheer on your favourite team. For those who like a more genteel trip on the river, boat trips organised by Woodbridge Boatyard, in aid of the RNLI, is the highlight of the afternoon.
For those reluctant to venture out onto the river there are a host of land-based activities that will keep all the family entertained! As well as a variety of stalls, there will be plenty of activities to participate in including the Lions’ Whoopee Dipper Ride.
New this year is a Children’s Corner, which will be located in the Bandstand. Here you will be able to take part in a travelling quiz, have your face painted or try your hand at artwork. Here also you will be able to sign up for the crabbing competition that will take place later in the afternoon.
Musical entertainment this year will be provided by the Hasbeens Skiffle Group who will be performing their unique toe tapping music on the veranda of Woodbridge Cruising Club.
For anyone getting hungry and thirsty in the afternoon, all the normal riverside eateries will be open for business, the Deben Yacht Club will be providing teas off their newly opened deck whilst there will be food and refreshment stalls on the field beside the Model Yacht Pond as well as other locations along the River Wall.
Deben Radio will also be there to record all the fun of the day.
Entry to the Regatta is free but there will be bucket collections for charity. This year all money collected will go to help Junior Adventure Water Sports (JAWS) and the Youth Section of the Deben Canoe Club.
Programmes will be available at Woodbridge Town Hall, the Tourist Information Centres, at Suffolk Coastal District Council Offices, and various shops and businesses, as well as on the day.
There is free parking at Suffolk Coastal District Council car park at Melton Hill – so go along and join in all the fun on land and water.