King Pocky's Derwent Water Regatta

The sun sparkles as it hits the water, and although the canoe wobbles a bit as you get in, an instructor’s on hand reassuring you and giving you all the tips you need to stay dry. A family pootles past in some floating bath tubs, and some whooping from across the water tells you your friends have got the hang of the catamaran. The ducks look worried.

The best thing about King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta is that it’s all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try.

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019 you and your family can have a go at low-cost watersport and activity sessions plus lots of free activities on dry land, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and join in what we like to call Cumbria's quirkiest regatta.

Activities run 9am-6pm on Saturday, and 9:30am-4pm on Sunday.

Things you can do on the water (bookable in advance)
Free Activities (no booking required)
a child builds a miniature dry stone wall with pebbles

Free family activities with the rangers

Get hands on with the work of the National Trust rangers, like building (miniature) drystone walls with a range of free activities provided by the ranger team.

a boy energetically posed on the side of the lake skimming stones

Free fun on the lakeshore

Free family fun continues on the lakeshore where we set up a stone-skimming obstacle course and a waterwheel where you can learn more about our hydro-electricity projects in the valley

A family build a tower of giant building blocks by the lake

Free family games to play

Get the whole family involved in playing free games on the park - design your own 18th century folly with our giant building blocks (then the best bit - knocking it down!).

two girls work with their dad to make something crafty

Free family craft activities in the yurt

If making things is your bag, get hands on and crafty with the team from Wordsworth House and Garden in our cosy yurt

small child racing balance bike

Free family sports to try

Ready, Steady, Go! We set out loads of sports and games - including a few strider bikes - so that you and your family can help yourselves to a game on the park.

Sing Owt choir singing at Derwent Water Regatta, Keswick

Live music and entertainment

Free entertainment is provided by local community choirs, community drama groups from Theatre by the Lake and there's laidback acoustic music at the bar tent on Saturday evening, perfect to unwind on a golden evening by the Lake

An event with historic roots
two children pull on ropes to bring a cannon up to a port-hole

Get hands on with history at Derwent Water Regatta

Try your hand on the gun deck of an 18th century frigate, find out how the ship's surgeon would treat a broken arm and join in the countdown to the big cannon being fired at 1pm with our friends at Hearts of Oak who bring their maritime living history display to Derwent Water Regatta

young girl making a Georgian mask with costumed interpreters

Meet the costumed servants from Wordsworth House

William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have been aged 11 and 10 when the first regatta was held on Derwent Water. Join costumed servants from the Wordsworths' childhood home in Cockermouth at the event for free craft activities and find out about their summer family event programme

two marshalls silhouetted against a sunny field of parked cars

Getting here and parking at the regatta

How to get here by public transport, and the best options for parking close to the event