Since 1877, Sunbury Regatta has not only been a serious skiffing race event for local clubs but it has also been an annual calendar event for Surrey and the local community supporting the development of skills and enjoyment of the River Thames.
The event raises funds in support of the committee's overall charitable objectives of the promotion of Community participation in healthy recreation, physical education and enjoyment of the River Thames through the provision of facilities for the sport of skiffing, rowing, punting and dongola racing to enable people to learn how to row, skiff, punt and dongola race and to practise these skills.
To achieve this we run this 2 day annual Regatta with 60 separate events on the water and onshore at Sunbury and we provide grants to individuals and grants to other organisations focussed on promoting healthy recreation on the river Thames on a year round basis.
All profits from the The Regatta are put toward these charitable objectives and activities.
Thousands of families attend to watch 60 club skiffing and punting races as well as 40 local events such as ‘Row for your local’ and Dongola racing in fancy dress.
The Regatta attracts competitors from skiffing and punting clubs, fire brigades, police forces, the army and businesses across the Thames Valley area.
Away from the river, the lawn on Rivermead Island provides family fun and events all day.
Food stalls from around the world, bar tents, live music through to face painting and tug-o-war provide entertainment through to dusk when the increasingly renowned fireworks displays entertains people for miles around.
The Regatta has kick-started the careers of a number of Olympic rowers and inspired a healthy outdoor lifestyle for thousands of young people.