Derwent Water Regatta returns

Crow Park, Keswick, 9 - 10 August 2014.

These are our Top 10 Things to try at Derwent Water Regatta in 2014. Click on the links below to book a taster session.

Find out what else is happening by clicking on the link to the right.

    Kayak family taster sessions

    Kayaks are the most efficient way to paddle through the water. Get to grips with the basics with guidance from the experienced instructors of Nichol End Marine.

    Single kayaks £3 for 30 minutes or £5 for an hour.

    Double kayaks can fit 2 adults and 1 small child and sessions cost £6 for 30 minutes or £10 for an hour.

    Saturday 9 August sessions running all day 10.30am - 4pm.

    Sunday 10 August sessions running 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm.

    All sessions start from the lake shore at Crow Park.

    Book a session by telephoning 017687 73082

    Canoe taster sessions

    Experience the elegance of the Canadian canoe - a great way to see Derwent Water. All sessions start from the lake shore at Crow Park and expert tuition is provided by Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft.

    Book a session by telephoning 017687 80145.

    Saturday 9 August only - sessions at 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm.

    A 2 hour session costs £10.

    Paddle Boarding Taster Sessions

    All you need is a good sense of balance! Try paddle boarding with instruction from Derwentwater Marina to get a different perspective on the lake.

    Sessions run from 10.30am - 3pm on Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August

    Sessions cost £6 per hour

    Book a session by telephoning 017687 72912

    Rowing taster sessions

    Why do we row backwards?! All your burning questions will be answered in these taster sessions. You will be joined in the 'yole' by an instructor from Lakeland Rowing Club who will not only be able to stop you crashing into things but will also give you tips on techniques.

    Saturday 9 August 10.30am.

    Sunday 10 August 10.30am.

    Sessions cost £6

    Book a session by telephoning 07795 651 556

    Catamaran Sailing Taster Session

    Always wanted to fly across the water on a catamaran? Treat yourself to an experience like no other, with expert tuition from the experienced folk at Nichol End Marine.

    Saturday 9 August sessions at 10.30am, 12noon and 2.15pm.

    Sunday 10 August sessions running all day from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

    Sessions cost £6,

    Book a session by calling 017687 73082

    Coracle-building sessions

    So funny to watch it should carry a health warning. Make your loved ones build their own boat, send them out into knee-deep water and watch them frantically try to stay afloat. Easy to build, VERY difficult to balance inside when they're on the water, and an unbeatable laughter therapy for spectators - keep the camera handy.

    Still, the advice from experienced tutors from Glaramara adventure center should give you a fighting chance.

    Saturday 9 August 10.30am - 3.30pm.

    Sunday 10 August 10.30am - 3.30pm.

    Sessions cost £6 and start from the lake shore at Crow Park

    Book a session by telephoning 017687 77222

    Sailing taster session

    Get all Swallows and Amazons and sail a dinghy around Derwent Water with expert tuition from the experienced instructors at Derwentwater Marina.

    Saturday 9 August sessions running 1.30pm - 4pm.

    Sunday 10 August sessions running 10.30am - 4pm.

    Sessions cost £6

    Book a place by telephoning 017687 72912

    Bathtub Racing

    Who can paddle the fastest bathtub in the west? Don't worry, we've taped the plughole shut so you won't sink!

    Advice available from the helpful folks at Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft.

    Saturday 9 August only at 1pm.

    Sessions cost £2.50

    Book a session by telephoning 01768 780145

    Viking Longboat taster sessions

    Celebrate the Norse heritage of Borrowdale with a chance to sail a square sail viking longboat - it's a completely different experience to sailing a dinghy or a yacht.

    Also available are motorised cruises in the Group Canoe, which seats up to 8 people.

    Both sessions are offered by the knowledgeable and experienced instructors at Platty Plus.

    Saturday 9 August sessions at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

    Sunday 10 August sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

    Viking longboat sessions £7, Group Canoe cruises £6.

    Book a session by telephoning 017687 76572

    The Big Adventure

    Theatre by the Lake's Festival of Youth will be performing live at the regatta. Either join in the workshops beforehand to be part of the performance or come along to watch and support these talented young people.

    Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August at 11am and 1pm.

    Free to watch and enjoy.