The Prestige Student Living Durham Regatta

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The Prestige Student Living Durham Regatta is a rowing event that last year welcomed 10,000 spectators, and almost 2,000 competitors for a spectacular weekend of racing, and bank-side entertainment.

Before we tell you more, here’s a bit of history. The event first started back in 1834 and is one of the oldest Regattas there is, these days the event is held over two courses – a short 700m course, and a longer, more challenging 1800m course.

There’s a range of different race types based on skill, gender, boat size and more. There are around 60 trophies to be presented, many of which have an intriguing tale behind them – The most coveted prize is undoubtedly the Grand Challenge Cup.

What else is happening?

Not only will there be rowing and racing, but a whole host of fun activities for you and your friends to get involved in.


There’s something for everyone, previously the Durham Regatta has hosted circus performers, trampoline bungees and face painters. An array of talented, local bands will be sharing some live music with the crowd, definitely not one to miss!

Refreshments and Stalls

With all the possible activities, there’s no doubt you’ll work up an appetite. Luckily there are plenty of food stalls, vans and local suppliers whether it’s lunch, dinner, or dessert that you fancy! Don’t forget to check out the wide range of craft stalls, for souvenirs, freebies and fun activities.

Rally Cars

We told you, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to examine the beautiful collection of classic cars, perfectly lined along the bank of the River Wear, it’s quite a sight!

What do I need to know?

Date & Time

  • 9th June, 10th June
  • 8am – 8pm, both days.


  • Adult:  £5
  • Over 65’s, Children under 16:  £2
  • Disabled, Children under 5:  Free

What else is there to do?

Rowing isn’t your thing? We’ve got you covered.

Durham is a cultural hotspot with plenty of things to tick off your list over the course of the day.

There are restaurants and bars aplenty for those in need of a tickled taste bud.

Or, if nature is what you’re after, why not visit the Botanic Gardens, or take a wander along the river for some breathtaking scenery.

Let’s not forget Durham’s vast wealth of history … how could you, with a visit to the Castle or the Cathedral.

More Information

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Find out more about the Durham Regatta by visiting their website. There are maps, instructions on how to enter, information regarding sponsorship, and any updates on the event.