RSM - Event guide for August 2018

27 July 2018

Are you looking forward to your week on the water this August? If the weather remains as lovely as it has been, you'll be in for a fun week aboard. Take a look below at the RIB Shack Marine event guide and you may spot an event or two that you'd like to visit when next out with RSM.

Swanage Regatta and Carnival

28th July - 4th August

Swanage Regatta and Carnival is the premier carnival on the South Coast.


For one week at the end of July and the beginning of August, Swanage will be radiating to the sound, fun and excitement.

There is so much on offer, from the magnificent two mile carnival procession, vibrant with dance, sound and colour, to the beat of live bands playing in the carnival marquee.

Summer Living History at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

21 July - 31 August

Join Beaulieu, National Motor Museum for a fun-filled family day out this summer, as a fascinating programme of living history brings Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past this Summer.

It's a great opportunity to witness amazing historic traditions with falconry displays. Discover what life was like in the 1800s and enjoy Victorian music. See veteran and vintage cars driving around the grounds with their occupants dressed in period costumes.

All of these living history inspired activities are included in your general admission ticket, which includes The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and World of Top Gear.

Cowes Week 2018

4th - 11th August

Cowes Week is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events and is a key highlight of the British sporting summer. It has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars. 

Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place after Glorious Goodwood and before the Glorious Twelfth (the first day of the grouse shooting season) - occasionally the traditional dates are changed to ensure optimum racing, taking account of the tides or, as in 2012, to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games. Over the years the event has attracted British and foreign royalty, and many famous faces. 

The first race was for a Gold Cup of the Value of £100, held in 1826 for just seven yachts under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club (which later became the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1833)

The regatta has evolved enormously since 1826, and now between 800 and 1,000 boats in up to forty different handicap, one-design and multihull classes race every day for eight days. It is this complete mixture of classic and ultra-modern designs that gives the regatta its uniqueness. Several classes that raced more than 50 years ago are still racing today; Dragons, Flying Fifteens, Redwings, Sea View Mermaids, Solent Sunbeams, Swallows, Victories and X-one-designs. New classes are also introduced as they increase in popularity.

Around 8,000 competitors now participate, ranging from Olympic and world class yachtsmen to weekend sailors. The spectacle that the racing provides, together with the vibrant festival atmosphere attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the event. 

The spectator guide can be found here.

Portsmouth International Kite Festival 2018 

11th & 12th August.

Southsea Common, Portsmouth.

Jointly organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain it promises to be more spectacular than ever with over a hundred invited kite fliers from 4 continents travelling to the event. They come because the Portsmouth International Kite Festival is recognised as one of the best Kite Festivals in the world.

The event will see colourful demonstrations of kites including swarms of snakes, frogs, lizards, whales, jesters, fish, salamanders and much more. Also in the sky there will be a wide range of kites to enjoy and admire. At the 2016 Portsmouth International Kite Festival, a new world record for the number of Trilobite kites flown together was set, 21 in total. Since then the record has passed to the U.S.A. with 30 being flown, but the kite fliers intend to take it back again this year.

Alongside this amazing flying display there will be a host of other activities. These will include a craft tent, stalls, free children’s kite workshop and children's rides along with local amusements. Also located on the common will be dedicated kite traders who will be able to provide you with a wide range of kites, from colourful branded kites for children or the young at heart to immense power kites for the more adventurous.

Bridport Carnival week 

15th - 20th August


The fun packed extravaganza includes a grand procession held on the third Saturday in August each year and features plenty of floats and colourful walking entries. The carnival procession starts at 7pm from West Road.

Other activities include a carnival quiz, darts and a family bingo. as well as the traditional Sunday evening torchlight parade from Bridport to West Bay, which creates a superb end to the celebrations with the awesome spectacle of 1,500 blazing torches being carried by families as they snake their way to the seaside for a celebration with live music and fireworks. The torchlight procession sets off at 9pm from South Street (torches will be on sale from 6:30pm outside the Town Hall).

Candles on the Cobb 

26th August

Candles on the Cobb is a dramatic and spectacular event illuminating the historic Cobb Harbour at Lyme Regis with 5000 tea-light candles, at the same time raising thousands of pounds for local and national charities. Organised by Lyme Regis Rotary Club.

Poole Quay, every Tuesday until Sept 25th from 6-9pm £1 entry
Poole Quay is closed off to all traffic on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, where over 1000 motorbikes will gather. The display features a wide range of models and makes, many of which have been modified and fitted with interesting features and extras.

The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. 

Rockley Summer Spectacular  

Poole Quay 2nd August - 30th August on Thursday evenings from 7pm - 10pm

Visit Poole Quay and enjoy live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm. 

All events are sponsored by Rockley Park.

The Quay will be closed to traffic and if the weather isn’t great, check social media channels for up to date information as to whether the event will be running. 

Quay for my Car

Poole Quay, every Friday from July 6th - 31st August from 6-9pm free entry

Quay for my Car creates a bustling, lively atmosphere that can be enjoyed by owners as they mingle with fellow enthusiasts and spectators who want to catch a glimpse of the line up.

Great Waterside Raft Race

26th August 2018

The Great Waterside Raft Race is now in its 32nd year and is run to raise money for the RNLI. Last year it has raised just under £8,000. It is one of the few raft races that are held on the sea, which adds an element of excitement not found on river races. The course is set out between Hythe Marina and Hythe Pier and is always held between the 2 high tides unique to the Solent area.

This year there will be 6 races, as well as side stalls a fun fair, drinks and BBQ provided so contestants and visitors can enjoy some refreshments before and during the races.

Bournemouth Air show 

30th August - 2nd September 10am - 10pm, closing at 6pm on Sunday

Get set for the UK's biggest air festival, 4-days of action and entertainment in the air, on land and at sea! Award-winning and internationally renowned, the Bournemouth Air Festival has entertained more than 8.5 million people since 2008.

Setting Bournemouth aside from other air shows, when the sun goes down, Night Air entertainment will light up the skies of the UK’s leading coastal resort with pyrotechnic night flying, street entertainment, awesome live music and military performances. 

A free to attend event, the Bournemouth Air Festival is so much more than an air show!

On Friday 31st August see the skies light up with firworks at Bournemouth seafront!

5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August doors open at 8pm

Strictly over 18 year olds. 

Raise a glass 100 metres above sea level while enjoying a panoramic view of the sunset over Portsmouth Harbour at Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Sunset Sundays events offer live music and a sky-high pop-up bar serving wines, beers and spirits including locally sourced favourites such as Upham Ale and Isle of Wight Gin.

Tickets are £16 per person which includes access to the tower's three viewing decks and a complimentary drink on arrival. Places at Sunset Sundays are limited and pre-booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

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