Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:00 AM
People who have booked Cornish cottage holidays this summer should consider visiting the Fowey Royal Regatta, one of the UK's leading sailing events. Held every August, this fun-packed week offers a wide range of things to see and do for the whole family.
If you've reserved holiday cottages in Fowey you'll be right on top of the action, with the quiet coastal town attracting hundreds of visitors while the event is on.
The show, which has a long and proud history, has been attended by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert - as well as Queen Elizabeth II - over the years.
Usually taking place during the third week of the month, the Fowey Royal Regatta has a number of top attractions, with many people considering the Red Arrows performance the highlight of the week. The flying team, which has been coming to the event for nearly 35 years, carry out manoeuvres at more than 400 mph with no instrumentation.
Most of the week's entertainment is free of charge and the festivities begin with a choir concert at the parish church. Popular events throughout the week include the Carnival, where floats are entered into a procession, with a Carnival Queen also being crowned.
Let's also not forget that this is a regatta - there are a number of sailing races overseen by the Port of Fowey Race Organising Committee, with the slightly less serious raft race also a feature.
Staying in south Cornwall cottages with children? The celebration has a wide array of activities specifically aimed at youngsters. There is a crab-catching competition, various children's entertainment shows and story sessions. The week is also closed by a fantastic fireworks display that kids will no doubt enjoy.
For adults, each night and during most days there will be a selection of live music hosted at the Town Quay, while a torchlight dinghy procession and best-decorated boats competition will keep people who are on Cornish cottage holidays occupied.
The entire week is organised by the Fowey Royal Regatta Committee, a not-for-profit organisation. With the proceedings costing around £30,000 a year to run, attendees are encouraged to spend generously on souvenirs, street collections and local produce.