Tall Ships ahoy!

Northumberland's biggest ever free event '“ The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta '“ is here.

Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 10:20 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 11:24 am

A fleet of magnificent Tall Ships is sailing into Blyth for a fantastic four-day festival from Friday to Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected over the weekend.

They will be able to enjoy one-and-a-half miles of fabulous entertainment, including street theatre, fireworks, fairground rides and live music, and will have the chance to climb on board some of the most spectacular Tall Ships in the world and meet the crews.

The spectacular fireworks display on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings will be part of an amazing nightly entertainment show, choreographed around a specially-commissioned 20-minute music and visual performance.

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The climax is on Monday with the Parade of Sail, when the Tall Ships fleet, followed by a flotilla of craft, sets off in full sail along the coast before leaving for a 500-nautical-mile journey to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Northumberland County Council, in partnership with the Port of Blyth and Sail Training International, is hosting the prestigious event – the UK’s only Regatta in 2016.

Fergusons of Blyth, one of the UK’s leading privately-owned haulage companies and the biggest in the North East, is the principal sponsor for the event in celebration of its 90th anniversary.

Visitors are reminded there is no event parking in Blyth town centre during the Regatta, except for limited Blue Badge parking which must be booked in advance via Ticketline on 0161 8321111.

Park and Ride facilities are in place, with regular shuttle bus services to the main event area. Park and Ride tickets can still be bought in advance at a cost of £5 per car, compared to £10 – cash only, no cards – on the days of the event.

Numerous buses travel into Blyth, with Go North East running extra buses on its 309 Cobalt Clipper service from Newcastle.

Supervised cycle parks will be available for anyone coming by bike.

For travel and parking, visit www.tallshipsblyth2016.com