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Pengwern Regatta: Come Down to the Riverside and Enjoy the Fun!
03 May 2023

The famous Shrewsbury Regatta will be held at Pengwern Boat Club this bank holiday weekend - May 7th & 8th, 2023 - and you're all invited!

Come down to the riverside in Shrewsbury this Coronation weekend and enjoy all the sights and sounds of Pengwern Regatta. 

This historic event, which takes place this year on Sunday and Monday (May 7 & 8) offers a great opportunity to watch crews from across the country in action, including local crews from hosts Pengwern Boat Club and Shrewsbury School. 

It's free to spectate and everyone is invited to enjoy the BBQ and refreshments and the buzz of the action on the riverside, or bring a picnic and while away the afternoon. 

Over 1,600 rowers are expected to descend on Shrewsbury for the weekend from around 40 clubs from all over the UK, with competitor ages ranging from 11 to 85. Rowing is a sport you can continue until well into retirement and beyond! This year will also see entries from disabled rowers among the 530 crews and 126 events in the lineup. 

Pengwern regatta 2022 crews carrying boats

Crews getting into position at Pengwern Regatta 2022, by Simon Cousins Photography

Bring a picnic chair or rug and bagsy a spot on the riverbank on either side - (the main action and bar and BBQ will be at Pengwern Boat Club, just under School Bank) - from 9am onwards on both days. 

As well as nail-biting finishes as boats race for the finish line over the short sprint course, you could well see the odd capsize, or boats going off course into the banks! Boats race from English Bridge upriver to the boathouses opposite The Quarry. 

Pengwern Boat Club was founded over 150 years ago, in 1871, named after the lost early seat of the kings of Powys, and holds its Shrewsbury Regatta every year in May, attended by thousands of spectators. 

It is one of the oldest events in the rowing calendar and once saw both sides of the river flanked with spectators - both in The Quarry and on the banks next to the club itself. The boat club welcomes juniors, seniors and masters and also provides for adaptive rowing for those with physical disabilities, or sensory or learning impairments. It also shares facilities with Harper Adams University Rowing Club and Shrewsbury High School. 

Crews preparing to row

Fun is guaranteed at Pengwern Regatta! By Simon Cousins Photography