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Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair

This year’s Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair takes place all along the river from The Tide Mill to the Deben Yacht Club on Sunday 16th July.

The Regatta throws open its doors at noon followed shortly by Songs of Praise on the Tea Hut stage at 12.30pm with the formal opening at 1pm by the Town Mayor. The Regatta will conclude following the now traditional Woodbridge & District Lions Club Duck Dive in the Model Yacht Pond at 5.15pm.

If you fancy coming to Woodbridge earlier in the day Churches Together will be hosting The Big Family Day out on Kingston Field from 10am so plan to make a day of it down by the River Deben. Both the Woodbridge Regatta and the Big Family Day Out are free for all to enjoy and this year there is free car parking at The Abbey School, enter via Cumberland Street.

People of all ages gather beside the River Deben to watch yacht, dinghy and tender races as well as the single oar sculling race in memory of Frank and Christine Knights. The raft race organised by 1st Woodbridge Scout Group attracted a record entry of 10 rafts last year and they certainly hope to match that number this year; the prize of inscribed paddle is hotly contested by local Scout and other youth groups.

The Tide Mill will be offering free admission and people can take advantage of free boat trips up and down the river throughout the day. As well as lots of places to eat and drink families can head to the Bandstand for crafts, games and other activities as well as registration for the crabbing competition held later in the afternoon. People can bring their model yachts to sail on the Model Boat Pond or even hire one on the day from the Tea Hut. Live music will fill the air at various intervals along the riverside including The Tea Hut, The Cruising Club and by The Tide Mill.

In the run-up to the Regatta there will be a Spot the Duck Competition in shops in and around The Thoroughfare. Details and Entry Forms will be available from Woodbridge Library from the beginning of July.

Geoff Holdcroft, chairman of the Regatta Committee, said, “The programme for this year is being developed to ensure it has all of the usual action with a few changes to liven it up. The success and longevity of Woodbridge Regatta is a testament to so many community groups working together. I want to thank everyone involved for helping us to put on what we hope will be another fabulous event.”

This year’s Regatta is proudly being sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors. Their CEO, Charles Rowett said, “We pride ourselves on being here for the local community so what better than sponsoring such a fantastic event that is at the heart of it.”

• All the latest information can be found online at www.facebook.com/WoodbridgeRegatta.

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